Many of people out there benefit from having a routine in the morning. When you have ADHD, it can be quite challenging. It’s not always easy to stick to. Mainly because we struggle with executive functions, which means struggling with organization, time management and such.
As much as we may dislike boring and mundane things, routines can be beneficial for both kids and adults with ADHD to get things done.
I’ll admit that it does help having some kind of routine. Might not always like it, might struggle with some things, but it does help having some sort of routine in place.
Here are some suggestions that can help getting into routines.
#1: Ease into things.
It can be so easy to just jump into it all once. Get it all done in the first try. However, this may not be the best way to go, as it’s new, may be too much, overwhelming and we may just give up after a few days.
But easing into it and adding one task at time in our current routine may be easier for us to get used to and have it turn into a habit.
Focusing on adding or changing one thing at a time is definitely manageable.
Recently I focused on doing my kids’ lunches the night before instead of in the morning. I wanted to focus on this change until it become a habit and part of my routine before I made any other changes.
I eased into it.
#2: Know your rhythm.
Knowing when you’re most productive and more alert can help you know when is the best time for you to get things done.
After all, we’re all different and we need to have a sense of when we can do something that requires a lot of focus, and see what works.
#3: Know what works for you.
There are many ways to help us with getting things done and managing routines and such. For some, pen and paper works best. For others, it’s an app. A timer can come in handy at times for some.
It can be challenging to know what might work best. Like a lot of things, this might take some trial and error.
So long as you can find something that helps, that’s what is most important.
It can be challenging to stick to a routine or get some things done, when you have ADHD, as we have a low tolerance for boredom. Unfortunately without a routine of some sort, life is just chaotic.
At the end of the day, all we can do is do our best and take it one day at a time.