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Organization and Time Management

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Organization is a challenge for many people but can be especially challenging for individuals with ADHD.

The hallmark traits of ADHD -- inattention and distractibility -- make organization and management of time and money very difficult, requiring the individual to implement various structures and processes and to utilize tools such as dayplanners and reminders to function in daily life.

  • Dayplanners and to-do lists are useful in keeping track of regularly scheduled tasks, projects and their deadlines, and appointments.
  • Timers and alarms -- either through a clock, watch, PDA, or computer -- help keep the individual on track and on time.
  • Attend to filing documents, processing daily mail, paying bills, and other mundane tasks on a daily basis.
  • Color-code file folders, textbooks, binders, etc. Children will find this useful in keeping materials for different subjects organized. 
  • Designate specific areas for things like keys, bills, and other items that can be easily misplaced.
  • Break down large, seemingly overwhelming projects or tasks into smaller, manageable steps.
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