Like many kids in the area, my girls went back to school last Friday. So, for the last week, we’ve gotten used to the whole school/daycare routine, which involves making lunches, getting them dressed, make them breakfast, and bring my girls to the bus stop and my son to daycare.
Having a routine can be beneficial for a lot of people. However, it can be extra helpful for kids and adults with ADHD. I’ll be honest, it can be really nice to have a routine set up.
The reason why it can be so beneficial to have a routine, when you have ADHD, is because it helps the individual with ADHD be more productive and more successful. It does set a structure for us to be able to accomplish tasks throughout the day.
Now, I know that it can be a fairly big challenge for an ADHDer to start a routine, or stick to a routine. Having ADHD myself, I can completely understand how challenging it can be. I get it.
However, that being said, it’s not impossible for us to set up a routine, stick to it, and make it work. So, here are a few things to keep in mind, when setting up a routine.
First off, don’t start from scratch. Use the routine that you already have, and then just add things to it. It can just be one thing at a time. It’ll be easy if you insert one thing at a time. You might have to change it a bit and add a little bit to it, but in the end you have find a routine that works and helps you.
Second, if you are a visual person, make a schedule and use different colours for different aspects of your life. For instance, if you work or go to school, you can use one colour (purple or blue, for instance) to indicate the times you’re at work.
A last thing to keep in mind is that you can always ask someone’s help, if you need it. Whether it be a spouse, friend, or parent, it can sometimes make things easier when you have someone to help you.
These are just some things to keep in mind. Whatever routine you may have, just find something that works for you, at the times that you’re most productive. It is your routine and your time. A routine should be there to help you and hopefully make things a little easier for you. Not the opposite.
I know that having a routine can be good for anyone, whether you have ADHD or not. I’m not saying that it can’t be good thing for those who don’t have ADHD. I am saying that it can be slightly more beneficial for those with ADHD. I do find that having a routine does help me be productive and stay on top the tasks that I have to do. For the most part, at any rate.
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