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Old 02-09-17, 07:50 PM
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Unhappy "To Do" Lists are Hard!

Ok, so i'm not sure if others have the same issue, or if this is just exclusive to myself. But whenever I attempt a "to do" list for the next day, I end up going overboard and adding far too many steps to the list. But at the same time, I feel like I need to add every last bit of detail to the list, otherwise I will end up forgetting to do certain things, unless it's actually on the list. But then, by making the list so stupendously large, I get overwhelmed just looking at it.

Does anybody have any tips on how to shorten down "to do" lists, while maintaining a degree of detail at the same time?

I know that's probably not the easiest question to address, but perhaps there are skills or techniques that i'm currently unaware of that could help with this issue.

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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

Could you have two sections or two lists?

Section 1 contains all the tasks that need to be done irrespective of their deadlines or due date

Section 2 contains only tasks that need to be done TODAY.
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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

That's a good idea.... but the list i'm doing is merely for tomorrow and no other day.
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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

Or "today" I should say. As it's now 00:20 and there is NO tomorrow!
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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

Ok, so this is my morning list for tomorrehhh today....

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10/02/17
A.D.D Schedule Routine Tracker (Avoid laptop and TV until list is complete!)
1) Get out of bed (8:30am) [ ]
2) Go into kitchen and have strong coffee with healthy cerial and toast (no TV or Laptop!) (8:30am - 9:00am) [ ]
2) Make the bed (9:00am - 9:15am) [ ]
3) Open bedroom window (9:15am) [ ]
4) Put dirty clothes in bedroom and in cupboard in washing basket in livingroom (9:15am - 9:30am) [ ]
5) Take clean clothes to wear out of cupboard and place in bedroom (9:30am - 9:35am) [ ]
6) Make sure there is a clean towel in bathroom, then take a shower. Remember to use t-gel shampoo and body wash. (9:35am - 9:50am) [ ]
7) Brush teeth as soon as you are out of the shower (9:50am - 9:55am) [ ]
8) Take deodrant and aftershave into room (9:55am) [ ]
9) Dry off in room, apply deodrant and aftershave then put on clothes (remember all shirt buttons and fly! (- (9:55am - 10:10am) [ ]
10) Wash, dry and put away any dirty dishes in the kitchen (10:10am - 10:25am) [ ]
11) Put on a wash (lights or darks, whatever there is more of) remember to A.D.D washing up powder to machine! (10:25am - 10:35am) [ ]
12) Dust down livingroom furniture (10:35am - 10:55am) [ ]
13) Hoover livingroom carpet (10:55am - 11:10am) [ ]
14) Sweep kitchen, hall and bedroom floor (11:10am - 11:30am) [ ]
15) Make another strong coffee (you'll need it by now!) (11:30am - 11:50am) [ ]
16) Remove wash from the machine and hang on clothes horses (11:50am - 12:15pm) [ ]
17) Put rubbish bags down the slide (12:15pm - 12:20pm) [ ]
18) Other bits and pieces (12:20pm - 12:30pm) [ ]
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18 things in 4 hours shouldn't be too difficult, as most of them are just tiny little things... which I will hopefully not be daft enough to overlook!
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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

That is such a daunting list...
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That is such a daunting list...
Yep.... ended up laying in bed for 4 hours instead.
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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

ahhhhh!
wow that's so detailed
what has worked best for me (after YEARS of trial and error), is write as simply as possible, on one sheet of paper, in felt tip marker

leave room between the tasks, and if you need to add details, make a seperate l list just for that item; or write details in finer pen or penxil
i dont write times it freaks me out but thats actually a good idea!)

so it would look like:

Get up

have strong coffee with healthy breakfast

make bed
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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

It's 14:20 and I still haven't made my bed, or even opened the window yet...... I did manage to make breakfast around 1 though!

(Curse you TV and laptop!)
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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

I put down neither time nor order so ive got some flexibility to do the task that most appeals at that time.

Also I tell myself that I only need to do a specific number i
Of tasks so I don't get overwhelmed.
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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

Yeah, but I think I do better with structure than without. When I get into the mentally of "doing what I want, when I want", nothing gets done.
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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

Habits don't belong on the list. It seems like a good idea at first, but it doesn't work.
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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

I should have been more specific.

Habits like getting out of bed and opening the window and brushing your teeth, things that are the same every day or the same for a considerable period of time, don't belong on the same list as real to-dos like "take my friend to the airport" or "work on college project due in a week".
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Re: "To Do" Lists are Hard!

It's a fair point. I'm going to create 2 lists. A timeless list of things that I need to burn into my subconcious mind and another list for "must do's" for each day as they come.
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It's a fair point. I'm going to create 2 lists. A timeless list of things that I need to burn into my subconcious mind and another list for "must do's" for each day as they come.
I was going to say..."Dude, listen to Fuzz" You always need 2 lists (or better still, Part A and Part B)

Part A is your top priorities and scheduled appointments for the day. On a bad day, for me, that might be only 1 or 2 things. You might be able to deal with 5 or 6. I don't say this to be insulting. Start with a few. When you finish those, you should probably take a break and reward yourself, but you can always go back for more. What you don't need is more failure.

Part B is your Master (or Running) To-Do List, also known as a "Brain Dump." This is where you put everything that comes into your mind and vexes, distracts, or tempts you away from your top priorities. "I must remember to do this, I mustn't forget to do that." Unless they must go on your "Today" list, put them on the Brain Dump and forget about them until tomorrow.

BTW this "B" list is bound to be overwhelming, even chaotic, especially at first. Keep it with you but out of sight. Do not look at it except to add new items as you think of them or when choosing your top priorities for another day. Also don't spend too much time over-organizing it. You may eventually add tags for priorities, dates, contexts, whatever, but the main purpose of the Brain Dump is to collect in one place all the things you want to remember to do sometime. Once it's down in rough form, you can relax and get back to your main priorities. I predict this will be a major load off your feeble ADHD working memory.
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