Posts by Mindy Katz:
Blog Post: Getting Back on the Roll
It has been quite a tumultuous January. Through travel, kitchen remodel and wedding planning I have spent most of the month in catch-up mode. My systems have been undone and my routines halfway forgotten. When I looked at the calendar and it said February – I was shocked.
We can all recall some time in our lives when we were “on a roll.” Things were clicking, we were feeling productive, maybe taking better care of ourselves and the support we needed was in place. Life wasn’t perfect, but we were feeling pretty good.
Then one day we noticed we were “off the roll.” Things were not going smoothly, getting out of the house became more difficult, things were being forgotten or neglected and piles were starting to grow.
Most of us know how it feels when we are on a roll, and we’ve also been off the roll. When we can hardly remember what we want to be doing or summon the energy to do the things we need to do. Sometimes we fall “off the roll” totally and completely and land with a thud. Other times we drift slowly off course and before we know it we are at a complete standstill, not quite sure how we got there.
Either way it is possible to get things moving again.
The most important step is as simple (and difficult) as noticing that we are off the roll. The next step is to take some action that will get us started back on the roll.
Once we notice that we are off the roll, we need the simplest way possible to get back. A plan, a road map with clear turn by turn directions will help when life seems the most chaotic and stressful.
Ironically, when things are going well, we don’t feel motivated to plan ahead because, well, things are good. However, one of the dangerous lies we tell ourselves is “I’ve got this, I won’t forget.” The best time to write down the processes that make your life work is before the crisis.
Write down the strategies that keep you focused and on task, exercising, eating well and feeling good. Put each one on an index card, rubber band them together and label it Emergency Kit. Don’t put it in the back of a drawer; leave it out so that you can find it in an emergency.
We all get off the roll, the key is having the tools where you can be easily reminded how to get back on track. No need to reinvent the wheel over and over when you have a plan.
The holiday season is a time filled with fun plans and expectations, frustrations and disappointments. I have had experience with all of these emotions over the past few weeks. It seemed like I would get a plan set, only to have the rug pulled out from under me. I’d have to start all over again. […]
I just got back from the 2015 CHADD conference. No matter how great the key note speakers and experts from around the country, for me the conference is about the community. When we come together the energy, enthusiasm and connection are palpable. Beginning with the opening plenary and through the very last breakout session there […]
Today is the very last day of this challenge and I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has reached out to me with comments and questions, letting me know that people are interested and actually reading these posts. I imagine that it has probably been overwhelming to receive a daily email from […]
My goal, 30 days ago, was to post something every day of ADHD Awareness Month (October). As of tomorrow, I will have reached that goal. This has been one of the busiest and most challenging months that I have encountered in quite a while, full of travel, family and writing this daily blog. While I […]
Give me an urgent project, a deadline and a block of time and I can get anything done. Give me a bunch of tasks that need to be done sometime this month, with the instructions to do a little bit each day – forget about it! We all have different ways that we approach tasks. […]
While this list is not exhaustive, I know that these authors are recognized ADHD experts. I have enjoyed hearing most of these folks speak at conferences like the one this coming November held by CHADD (Children & Adults with ADHD).
Every time I set out on a trip, one of my first thoughts is “I wonder what I’ve forgotten.” I have needed to use more hotel toothbrushes than I’d care to count. I’ve had to get prescriptions transferred, “borrow” a t-shirt from my husband to use as PJs and most embarrassingly, I’ve had to shop […]
You are running out the door. Late. Again. How does that keep happening? If you’ve tried planning, time management and self-discipline and still run late you may want to try a different approach. One problem may be your ability to track time. Many folks with ADHD find they are missing an innate sense of time […]
I am so grateful to be a guest blogger today. Although it has given me one more task to do, it also has given me the opportunity to Pause! Something I so needed to do. I have been going from one thing to another, running my ADHD self ragged and actually making myself physically ill, […]