The most important thing that the working woman with Attention Deficit Disorder must do to have a smooth work day is to begin the night before. The first step: A simple plan of action called “Evening To-Do’s,” written on a piece of notebook paper and kept in a place where you know you will always find it. A new list should be made daily (this will take all of two minutes of your time) and should include the following, as applicable:
Set out clothing for the next day. (Pressed, if need be.)
Have make-up and hair accessories easily accessible and organized for the next day.
Begin a load of laundry.
Fill and run the dishwasher.
Clean the cat box. (Unless you shower in the morning, in which case this should be done immediately before the shower.)
Gather everything that you will need to take to work the following day and set it next to the door that you will be exiting.
Have your lunch prepared, if needed, and waiting in the refrigerator for your departure the following day.
Have at least a general idea of what the next day’s supper menu will be and make sure that you have the necessary ingredients.
Take a few minutes to relax and just enjoy your own company.
Set your alarm clock so as to allow you plenty of time to dress, eat and relax before leaving for work the next day.
Make sure that you get to bed in time to insure a proper night’s sleep as required by your own body.
The woman with ADD also needs a list of Morning To-Do’s readily accessible at her bedside with a pen for checking off items as she goes through her routine. This list of morning activities should include, but not be limited to:
Get up when your alarm goes off. At the most, allow yourself only one snooze application.
Immediately shower, dress, apply make-up, blow dry and style hair.
Enjoy a healthy breakfast.
Empty the dishwasher.
Put last night’s laundry in the dryer.
Feed the pets. Walk the dog.
Check your calendar for special events and appointments.
If supper is a slow-cooked meal, get it started now!
Leave for work ten minutes early.
Never fear! There is, naturally, an At Work To-Do’s list for you to always keep at your desk. Checking off the tasks as they are accomplished and quickly make a new copy for the following day before you leave for home. These To-Do’s might include:
Check desk calendar.
Prepare work area.
Clear desk or locker of clutter.
Make a list of assignments for that day, in order of importance, and then begin.
In closing, the workingwoman with ADD should never underestimate the power of lists. But even more importantly, the workingwoman with ADD should never forget the importance of checking the lists and attending to the tasks.