For the 37 years my husband lived without benefit of ADHD diagnosis, he developed many coping strategies. One was implementing organizational systems to eliminate time-wasting or frustration by hunting down often-used items—keys, Swiss Army knife, umbrellas, and the like.
For the pre-diagnosis years of our relationship, I also developed systems, such as installing a white board in the kitchen for important communications.
These days, when people ask my advice in addressing their own or their partners’ ADHD-related challenges, I suggest they first focus on organizational strategies. Perhaps even consulting a professional organizer before seeking therapy or couples counseling.
Yes, therapy can be important. Yes, medication can be foundational. But so many individual problems and “couples troubles” around ADHD stem from chronic disorganization. In fact, in my ADHD Partner Survey, disorganization was the top problem area reported by the partners of adults with ADHD!
In the early days of diagnosis, I consider it vital to instill a sense of optimism that life can truly get better. And one of the best ways to do that is to immediately focus on environmental strategies and supports.
New Post on Getting Organized for ADHD
Please note: In the original version of this post, I used an Amazon “carousel” function to list useful tools and gadgets. That is no more.
Now, please visit. Six Key Management Tools for Adult ADHD: Time, Tasks, and Memories.