Taming the Squirrels An ADD WomanTaming Squirrels?

The other day I had a conversation with some friends on a business Facebook group I belong to. One of the women said that she was my ideal reader and asked if I had any advice on taming squirrels. I jokingly said I had nothing about squirrels, but did write a post once about herding cats. That video still makes me laugh.

But really. Taming squirrels? Herding cats?

Doesn’t that describe our brains perfectly?

And sometimes it can be SO hard.

You sit down to do something and it’s like your brain just got emptied out completely, or everyone and everything just showed up at once.

It’s Hard

People who don’t have ADHD have no idea what it’s like.

And all of the funny, descriptive methods we use really don’t explain it. Nor do they convey the amount of frustration we experience – not just on a daily basis – but on a minute by minute basis at times.

Prioritizing is hard for us to begin with, but to be able to order things at all means that you have to somehow get them out of your head and down on a piece of paper or in a document of some kind. (Actually typing it out would probably be faster, especially if you could click and drag the list to reorder it.)

Whipping Those Squirrels into Shape

So what do we do? Is there an easy way to make some sense and order out of the chaos in our brains?

I know that a lot of people rely on medication for that, and if it works for you, that’s great.

For me, one dose of ADHD medication – which is meant for 4 hours – gives me about two and a half hours worth of focus. It also gives me the urge to talk A LOT (I’m a very quiet person), as well as a headache and anxiety.

Most days, it’s not worth it to me.

So what can we do instead?

I think the biggest key is to get as much as we can out of our head.

And yes, I know how hard that is.

Some days, it just feels like a fog that I can’t even see. I don’t know what’s in there, much less how to get it out.

A Few Suggestions

I don’t think that there’s ever just one solution to anything.

And sometimes what works one time, won’t work the next. Situations change and you need something different.

So I’ve got a few ideas that work for me. And be warned: some days, they just won’t. The squirrels in our brain have run amok and there’s just no controlling them.

Here are my ideas:

Hopefully some of these ideas will work for you and those busy squirrels. If you have anything to add, please comment below.

And if you need further instructions on Trello, leave a comment and I’ll add it to the comments.

Tell me what you think!

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