Saturday, January 20, 2018

ADHD Daily: Habit Tracking, Not Rabbit Tracking! (Updated!)

So I've been on a bit of a getting my daily routines down kick lately, and as a result I've been focused on my habits that make up my daily routines. I have two new apps I'm trying out. One I'm going to keep, and one I'm not so sure about. The one I'm going to keep is called, Loop Habit Tracker, and it's free in the Google Play Store. The other app, I'm still trying to decide on is a time tracking app called, Toggl. This one I'm not so sure of just yet. It would be great if they added a countdown timer, along with the count up time it already has right now.

Starting a routine and sticking with it can be really hard for those of us with ADHD. It takes us longer to transfer short term memories into long term memories. It's why we need reminders, and Bullet Journals, and sticky notes. The ADHD brain has trouble with short term, or working memory. So we cope by using tons of sticky notes, or setting endless reminders on our phone, or we treat everything as urgent. So I've been focused on my habits that make up my daily routines.

Friday, January 12, 2018

ADHD Daily: The Dishwashing Overflow

Not my house. I found this on Google.
But it's kinda similar.
So if you are anything like me, sometimes you just let the dishes pile up because you want to focus on fun stuff, and not mundane stuff like house work or laundry or dishes. So I thought I would share a couple of tips to help you get that stuff done so you can focus on more fun stuff. Here is what I would suggest you do first before you jump right in and start cleaning like the world is about to end and you have to find the only key to keep it from happening. 

First you should get out your Bullet Journal and set up a cleaning schedule so you can pick which days you're going to do what cleaning. Monday could be for the living room, Tuesday could be fore the kitchen, Wednesday could be for the bathroom. You get the idea.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Book Preview: Death Isn't For Everyone

Hey Everyone!

So I've been working on this book for a couple of years now. I only have a chapter or so done with it, but I wanted to share a small sample with you and get your opinion on it. It's a bit of alt history and fantasy type of book. So there is a lot to play with here in this world. It's going to be part of what I'm calling The New Immortal Series. It's going to be a book series not a blog series. Anyways, here you go the first page of Death Isn't For Everyone.

The unknown is frightening; it’s why people run from it. Oblivion was my goal when I put the gun in my mouth and pulled the trigger. I wasn’t expecting to wake up on the M.E.’s table in a body bag. I inhaled deeply, my body starved for oxygen. “Oh Fuck, I can’t even kill myself right.” I said to myself as I started to undo the zipper on the body bag. The guy in the room was not amused when I sat up out of the bag. His look of shock and fear told me I didn’t look quite right. “So how bad is it? Am I just missing the back of my head?” I ask the speechless tech. “Naw man, you look good for a living dead guy.” I took that as a compliment.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

ADHD Daily: Number Condunrum

So I’m terrible at math. It’s just not my cup of tea.

I was listening to ADHD ReWired with Eric Tivers, and he mentioned that he wasn’t good with math. I started to think, “Hey I’ve got ADHD and I’m not good at math either. I wonder if it’s a common issue with people who have ADHD?” So I wrote down the idea in my Bullet Journal and decided it might be worth looking into, and wouldn’t you know it, ADDitude Magazine has an article from 2010 about just this thing.

It’s called, Dyscalculia, which means there are some people, about 3 to 6 percent, that have “difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic, such as difficulty in understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate numbers, and learning facts in mathematics.” Because the ADHD brain is wired differently we tend to have issues with complex tasks that require multiple processes and brain functions needed to solve math problems such as working memory, organizing thoughts, and recall, which is needed for practical math solving. I also have to wonder if that number isn't higher for people with ADHD.

Monday, January 8, 2018

ADHD Daily: The Morning Routine

So I know for me, my morning routine is the most important part of my day. I get up at 4:30 am, then I get something to drink, so I can take my meds. I check the news, and then I open whatever WIP (Work In Progress) I’m working on that morning. Then I write for the next hour or so. Around 5:30, I take a quick break and I go take a shower, and I get dressed, I sometimes eat Breakfast If I remember to do it. I check the time and If I have more time I try to get in more writing. At 6:45 am I get ready to leave for work. I have been getting to work early, so I stay in my car and I do a quick five-minute meditation and maybe listen to a quick podcast. 

See my morning routine sets my days momentum and gets my brain focused on something as soon as I wake up. When I don’t have my morning routine, I forget things. When I’m not doing a regular routine I forget to take my meds, or I forget to take a shower, I don’t write because I’ve been hyper focused on Facebook for the last couple of hours. Now I don’t have time to write, because I have to get dressed and get ready to leave the house. So It’s important to me to have that routine, so I don’t go three weeks without having written more than a twitter update. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

What is ADHD Daily?

So I have been thinking, and thinking about what I should be writing about on a regular basis, and I've decided that I'm going to start sharing more about my experience with having ADHD. Living with it on a daily basis. I'm still going to be writing about my experiance as a writer. However, I am going to also be writing about Bullet Journals, an Addictions and ADHD, and Trauma and ADHD, and Abuse and ADHD, among other things related to ADHD.

 I've been thinking about this for the past month and I feel this is the best way for me to use this blog as a way to help others who have ADHD, or families with people that have ADHD.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year, New Things, Lots of Changes

So I've been putting a lot of thought into where I want my writing career to go, and I've come up with two paths I'd like to go down. One is my fiction writing which I'll be putting up on my Patreon account. The other is that I'd like to start writing political commentary and talking about the issues that matter. I'm a person that needs to have deep discussions and talk about the important things that are happening in the world.

So I'll be changing the name of the blog, I haven't decided on what I'll be changing it too just yet. I just know that I'll have to change it. I'm still going to posting to the same URL that isn't changing just the name of the blog. I think that by April of next year I'll be ready to unveil it. So stay tuned for that, and also stay tuned for the podcast I'll be putting up as a companion to the articles I'll be writing. That will happen later in 2018 possibly in the late summer. I still have to get a couple of things so I can do a quality podcast.

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