ADD and Using A Planner to Stay on Track

ADD and Using A Planner to Stay on Track
Research has shown that the best way to curb the negative symptoms of inattention with Attention Deficit Disorder is to hit them with two interventions. The first intervention is a medication that has been carefully prescribed, so that it will be effective for the individual with ADD. The second prong in interventions is behavioral interventions. One of those is changing behaviors to in order to help with organization. If a person cannot take medication, or no effective medications have been found, that just leaves those behavioral interventions.

I have found that staying organized, on track, is best accomplished by using visual reminders. One that I use is a vision board. It has both pictorial and written reminders. To look at these vision boards daily reminds me of the big picture of what is most important in my life. But what can I do about the details? How can I track those? My weekly/monthly planner from Office Depot fills the bill! It gives me a monthly overview and a daily scheduler.

We all have different needs in a planner, but the weekly/monthly one that I buy each year at Office Depot really helps me keep it together. The planner has monthly tabs for ease of use. At the beginning of each month there is a monthly calendar where I can show appointments and special occasions. I transfer items from my iPhone calendar or google calendar events that folks send me. This allows me to have a great visual that I can look at daily to see the whole month as it evolves.

This planner has a week by week space with a place for weekly goals. I can write detailed notes about daily activities in the lined spaces. I like the planner with lines on each of the daily spaces, since it helps me to have neater handwriting. Mine also has a blank space to the left of the daily writing space where I can highlight anything that is important to me. Sometimes, I use it to record the results of medical tests. Other times, I use the space for lists of items that I need for my classes that I teach.

I also appreciate some of the planner?s other features. There is a clear vinyl double pocket to hold papers. In the front of the planner is a yearly overview calendar and also calendars for the next two years. There is a place for my personal information and a spot to write monthly goals. In the back of the book is a password tracker to keep any website passwords in one place. There is a gift tracker. Eleven pages are dedicated to notes that a person might want to take. There are important dates for this year and the coming 2 years. On the back page is a United States map with time zones and area codes.

Using a weekly/monthly planner can be a huge asset for keeping your life with ADD/ADHD organized and on track. Think about what you need in a planner. Then, go find one that suits your needs. Staying organized is a great way to calm the chaos!

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