I am stuck again today. True, I’ve thrown some laundry into the washer and thrown out the trash, but that is it. It all feels too much today… again. And some days, I just let that be and know that I am not going to be productive. I’m not up to it. But other days, I know that if I don’t do something soon to help my surroundings, it will only get worse. So what do I do?
Like a lot of people with ADHD, sequencing can really cause me issues. Like I know what I need to do, but I also know that there are several pre-requisite tasks that I need to accomplish first, which will then cause me to freeze up. So simple “To Do” lists just don’t work for me. I have to make a flow chart.
And if that isn’t confusing enough, for my flow chart, I start with a simple “To Do” List.
For example, here is my list for right now, in no particular order, not yet anyway:
- clean out garage
- put away recycled art materials bin, it’s blocking the hallway closet
- order wallpaper for bookshelf project
- put away disassembled shelving units
- redo library shelves
- sweep and mop hardwood floors
- sweep and mop disgusting vinyl kitchen floor (that I hate)
- put away clean laundry, there are no more available laundry baskets
- organize clean laundry by person
- continue with dirty laundry
- finish ceiling shade project, there is an ugly hole in your ceiling with a bare bulb protruding from it
- Buy printer that connects to the computer with a cable, your last two wireless printers were so annoying that you went office space on them (destroyed them with a bat.)
- order 8″x11″ laminator sheets
- Make Picture Exchange Sheets for Bubba, he keeps shuffling his cards instead of using them
- put away toys
- Update blog
- research editing software needs
- put away clean dishes
- clean kitchen
- charge phone to listen to audiobook
- make inspiration wall
- clean and organize studio/toy/dining room
- continue sunflower Hannah Gadsby painting
- Practice with new camera and equipment for Vlog Plans
- Start filming for Vlog and ASMR channel
So I write out this list, in no particular order, on a sheet of sketch paper. And then I start to sequence. This means arrows. It also means that I find things that need to be done in a certain order.
Take a look:
For an example, I needed to clean out the garage, before I moved the recycled art materials bin, and the disassembled shelving units, because I don’t have any room in the house for the bin or the piles of MDF that I don’t want to throw away.
Then before I can start filming my Vlog, I need to practice with the camera I want, assemble microphone and boom arm, equipment, research editing software, etc.
You get the idea. It may seem simple, but it helps me a lot to find those necessary beginning steps and the rest just falls into place.