64FREEZE THAT FISH OIL. Store the entire container of fish oil
supplements in the freezer, so they don’t
get rancid. Chilly capsules get further down
the GI tract before melting, so you will reap
the benefits without the burps!
65USE RED, NOT BLUE, LIGH TS ON YOUR ALARM CLOCK. Blue
light wakes up your brain, so be sure to
choose a clock with red, or, even better,
amber numbers to lull
you to sleep.
66WORK AT NIGHT. ADHD
folks are generally
night owls, so why not
work when everything
is quiet, the phones
aren’t ringing, and distractions are at a
minimum? Don’t stay up too late; daytime
productivity falls when
you are overtired.
68RECHARGE WITH CALM.
Manage Your ADHD
This is easier said than
done, but the ADHD
brain needs a break. Sit
still for a minute, take a
deep breath and raise
your shoulders, then
exhale and let your shoulders drop. Four
breaths calm and refocus your brain.
WOMEN WITH ADHD
69BUY A PURSE WITH LOTS OF POCKETS. Pockets help organize what you pack so you can find items
quickly. Some handbags have built-in slots for cards, long
hooks for keys, and outside zippers for your cell
phone. Shop around until you find one that fits
70MATCH OUTFITS, SHOES, AND JEWELRY IN ADVANCE. It takes
some time initially, but it’s worth it to
line up work clothes for the coming
week. Put everything together—top,
slacks or skirt, earrings (put in a pocket
or in a baggie that slips over the hanger),
shoes, socks, jacket.
72MAKEUP AND LIPSTICK NEARBY. To get out of the house quickly,
create a fast beauty routine. Then use
a plastic organizer with compartments
for lipstick, mascara, and so on, and
leave it sitting out in the bathroom.
No need to hunt down beauty
73S TOCK YOUR GLOVE COMPARTMEN T. Make sure you carry the must-haves in the glove compartment:
registration and insurance card, small flashlight, tire
gauge, napkins, extra glasses, pen and pencil,
adhesive bandages, and plastic utensils.
Store it all in plastic bags.
74SEPARATE BUCKETS FOR PROJECTS. When you have
many projects in process at one
time, group the paperwork and
necessities into separate buckets
or baskets. This way you can easily
access the items for each project.
75SCHEDULE ROUTINE MAINTENANCE. For ongo-
ing, regular appointments, such as
oil changes, tax filing deadlines,
and doctor’s appointments, set
recurring reminders in your
electronic or online calendar, so
you don’t miss dates. A
TERRY MATLEN, ACSW, is the
author of The Queen of Distraction:
Ho w Women with ADHD Can
Conquer Chaos, Find Focus,
and Get More Done . LINDA
ROGGLI, PCC, is the author
of Confessions of an
71DOGS NEED ORGANIZATION, TOO. If you have dogs that need regular walks, install a
three-pronged hook next to the door
you use most often. No more impa-
tient barking or hunting for the leash!
67USE A SMTWTFS PILL BOX.
Taking meds each day
is a challenge, so use
an inexpensive plastic
pill dispenser labeled
with days of the week.
You can see instantly
whether you’ve taken
your meds for the day.
Your Personal (ADHD) Life