Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a type of mental disorder that can cause excessive movement and make it difficult for someone to focus and control their impulses. For many people, ADHD can also make it hard to stay organized—deadlines are missed, projects are started but not completed, and piles of clutter make it impossible to find important items.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to manage your ADHD and improve your organization skills. If you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD and you regularly find yourself struggling to stay organized, you may want to:
- Start using a planner (either a paper calendar or an electronic program).
- Leave yourself time for breaks (rather than scheduling something for every hour of the day).
- Create weekly, monthly, and yearly chore charts.
- Decide where you want to store commonly lost items (for example, if you frequently lose your keys, install a hook near your front door and commit to always leaving your keys there).
- Use clear plastic storage bins or labels to keep track of where everything is.
- Go through your possessions on a regular basis and decide whether any of them can be donated or thrown away.
- Set up automatic payments for bills.
- Avoid tackling more than you can handle (for example, rather than trying to keep your entire bedroom clean, commit to making your bed and placing dirty clothes into the hamper each day).
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If you’ve been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and you struggle to stay organized, we can help. We regularly treat patients with ADHD, and once we’ve learned about your unique situation, we’ll be able to supply you with customized advice on how to better organize your home, your workplace, and other aspects of your life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of the skilled therapists on our team.
Alyssa Kerrigan, Psy.D.
My name is Dr. Alyssa Kerrigan, and I am a postdoctoral school psychologist. I have had the pleasure of working with toddlers to young adults. I provide supportive counseling and evidence-based interventions for school aged-children/teens and enjoy collaborating with parents through positive techniques and strategies that help them to better understand challenging behavior. I also work to help young adults achieve their goals as they move through a transitional period in their lives. I conduct psychological assessments and evaluations for concerns such as ADHD, Developmental Delays, Learning Disabilities, Giftedness, and autism spectrum disorder. My greatest satisfaction comes from helping my clients build on their strengths, step out with confidence, and gain control of their lives through the goals and strategies we collaborate on together.