Did you know that we ADDers are visual learners? We learn best when we can see how something is done or put together. And if we can actually participate in the process? Even better.
One of the reasons that we have such messy spaces is because we tend to leave things out in the open, thinking that if we see it, we’ll remember it.
And that would work, if we didn’t leave so very many things out.
If, for instance, there was a utility bill and an appointment card lying on your desk or the kitchen counter, you could remember to pay the bill and keep the appointment.
But when they are laying there next to a half a dozen receipts, some leftover snacks, a few magazines, the newspaper, and the clean socks you keep meaning to put away, well you can see why you might forget to do anything.
There is a solution for this. One that will help you leave things out in the open and remember them.
It’s selective choice. I just made that up, but I think it helps describe what I’m talking about.
You don’t leave everything out in the open to remind you. You choose what to leave out based on what’s coming up in the next day or so.
This is how I do it:
That great big whiteboard was a Christmas gift from a good friend. I use it all the time. It’s easy to see what you need to do and what’s coming up. That is my week listed up there. Sorry about the glare.
I can use the magnets to add papers to the board like a bill to pay, or in my case, a grocery list. I use different colors for different things. It makes it easier to differentiate and I just like color.
You could also use a cork board or even just a section of wall or a poster board with post it notes on it. I’ve even seen people use the inside of a cupboard or closet door, but to me that sort of defeats the purpose.
What do you think? Would this idea work for you?