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You may not be able to do everything yourself, so try to enlist help. Delegate what you can and consider creating a chore schedule.
Identify a table or bookshelf near the front door as your "launch pad" or "landing pad." Put a container or basket there to catch keys, glasses, papers, wallets, and other important items. Pocketbooks, briefcases, backpacks, and papers can be stored there to help provide a smooth takeoff in the morning.
Each night, try to spend 10 minutes quickly going through your home and seeing how many items you can pick up and put away. Set a timer. Take a bag, basket, or container, and go through your home picking up items and dropping them off where they belong.
Keep only what you're working on in front of you, and get clutter off your desk.
Repeat back what someone has said. This may help you remember multistep instructions at work. It may also help you remember what your friends said, and they will feel like you are listening.
This may help you get started on a project you've been putting off. Set a timer for 15 minutes. If you can't continue the project after 15 minutes, stop, give yourself a break, and finish later.
Prompts can help you remember to do or say something. Types of prompts can be visual (a sticky note), verbal (someone telling you to be quiet), physical (a vibrating phone alarm), or a gesture (someone pointing to their nose).
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Communication skills may suffer with ADHD. As a result, a forgotten appointment or missed meeting can bring challenges—whether at home or at work. To help remedy this, setting reminders and repeating/rephrasing discussions for clarification may keep your mind from wandering during conversations.
Remember: you are not alone on your treatment journey. Your network of friends, family, co-workers, and healthcare providers can offer support if needed. So don’t be afraid to reach out, discuss any concerns you may be having, and talk to them about any improvements or setbacks that you may be noticing.
Whether you have been diagnosed with ADHD or someone you know has, the more that both of you know about ADHD and its symptoms, the more prepared you will be for dealing with ADHD in social situations. You can watch for obstacles and may be able to avoid roadblocks by simply knowing the symptoms to look for.
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