Friday, December 10, 2010

ADD and Getting Things Done!

I am some what wondering if I have a little issue with ADD.  I have never been formally diagnosed and as far as I know, it was never an issue when I was a kid, but then again, I don't think that many people were diagnosed liek they are today.  Thinking back to being a kid, I can definitely see that I may have had some signs of this.  Mainly it was surrounding homework and schoolwork and keeping my room and house clean.

Now as an adult, when I look at some of the signs of adult ADD, I can definitely see myself having some of these issues.  I get easily overwhelmed, I very rarely start and finish a task, my brain always seems to be thinking of something (I can never truly meditate because no matter how hard I try, I can never stop my mind from thinking about all sorts of things that I have going on or that I find interesting), I get easily frustrates and angered, and many others that I can't think of right now.  Even if there is no clinical diagnosis of ADD, I think following some of the suggestions from people who suffer will automatically help me to deal with things.  One thing is my diet.  I am in the process of giving up dairy, wheat/gluten, and I should probably add in there sugar too, as well as trying to eat less meat (which I am doing way better than I thought I would), and definitely less processed foods.  I am having a terrible time sticking with my diet plan completely though.  The other thing that sounds somewhat crazy, is to look through a paper towel tube when I start to clean.  What this does is gives you a small area to focus on instead of looking at the whole room and getting overwhelmed.  I also need to be better at focusing myself when it comes to projects.  Often times, I start a project and then move on to another one because something else seems more interesting.  Because of this, I never seem to get really good at one thing.  I am only average at everything I try and sometimes average is a little strong.  I don't know if list help people with ADD or if it is just one more thing that just makes you feel like you are organized and able to get things done.  That's actually another area that makes me think I have more of an issue than just sheer laziness.  I start making list and trying things to get organized, but I never seem to follow through.  I really need to look up more on how to help deal with adult ADD other than meds.  There is no way that I want to go on meds, and I don't even know if I have ADD, I just can see myself as having some tendancies.

I have some craft projects that I have been working on for the kidlets and other people too.  I will post pictures later.  These are definitely things/reasons why I started this blog.  I wanted to have less involvement with commercial stores and gifts and everyday items.  I wanted to start eating healthy and less processed foods.  I wanted to start using things I make myself for cleaning and beauty products.  Christmas this year will have some store bought items, some hand me down gifts (which I am so thankful that we have gotten from people), and some handmade gifts.  I am really excited for the handmade gifts for people and I am really excited to start working on getting myself out of this funk that I seem to be in!

Happy Holidays!


  1. ADD, I haven't even finished reading the post and I have a is that for ADD??? Anyway, I think this society that we live in calls for all mothers to have a little ADD, in order to function, with all of the tasks expected of us! UGH! I call it Society Induced ADD! And, I think I am a proud haver of it! (Yep, haver!)

    Have a great Christmas!


  2. I am the same way. I was diagnosed as a kid living with my grandmother (and medicated). Then living with my father this was unacceptable so I was told it was all in my head.
    Reading your post was like a peek I have many projects in the works. A blanket for Little Man for his birth (opps he turned one this past October), I also have a cross stitch project for him. Oh and a couple for me.. LOL.
    My mind NEVER slows down. It is always on the go.
    I like the paper towel tube thing. I might have to try that to see if it helps me. I know a big area of disaster for me is our bedroom. My desk is a mess (I think there is a laptop in there somewhere but for now I will just use hubby's! LOL)

    I have used lists and they don't seem to help me.. Grocery shopping is a riot with me.. I try to start on the left and work my way to the right BUT it doesn't always (ok it NEVER) works that way. Even with a list I am always backtracking and jumping... It is insane.