November 8, 2008

Trick I’ve been using

Posted in ADHD at 5:11 pm by bloggingawayadhd

I noticed that I’ve been doing something lately to help me keep track of vital stuff I need to carry with me, and it has been helping. I did this in a way before, but now it’s more “formalized” – I run down a list of things I’m supposed to have on me, and say where each thing is out loud. It took me a while to make it a habit, but it has helped keep me from 1) locking my keys in the car, 2) forgetting to take things with me as I’m leaving the house, 3) leaving things in random places and forgetting where they are.

So, this is basically how it works: I mentally list what I need to take with me before I leave the house, leave the car, leave the store, etc. and touch/say where each thing is. It sounds goofy, but trust me, it helps. So, before getting out of the car at the grocery store, I’ll say:

“I need cell phone, money, grocery list, keys.”

“Cell phone in purse” (feel for cell phone lump in purse pocket)

“Money in purse” (glance to make sure it’s there)

“List in pocket” (feel pocket)

“Keys in hand” (jingle keys)

“OK, locking door. Keys in hand.”

I have an old manual-locking vehicle, and I used to put my keys in the cupholder while I was gathering things to get out of the car, then get out and lock and close the door, only to glance in and see the keys in the cupholder at that moment. Once my boyfriend came with the spare key for the 3rd time, I devised a method, and it has really helped so I thought I’d share. I know it’s hard to incorporate someone else’s tactics into your day, so you’ll have to make it your own. Let me know what works for you!



  1. daniel b. said,

    my boss is a medical writer for the pharma ind. and she swears that at 2400mg of omega-3’s a day along with some coffee helps out alot with adult ADD

  2. bloggingawayadhd said,

    Yes, I need to up my level and take them regularly!! I have such a hard time making a habit out of these things :)

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