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nellieMemberDecember 19, 2015 at 9:44 amPost count: 596
I have misplaced many a set of keys over the years, oddly they always turn up eventually at the bottom of some bag or a coat pocket and, like those above have mentioned, the black hole memory issue has prevented me remembering how they ever got there in the first place. I’ve also tried most of the prevention strategies mentioned above as well and for the most part they work. That is until I’m in some sort of frazzled, rushing mental state and POOF, they are gone again. So perhaps that is part of the issue, not forcing oneself to be aware of the moment. All good in theory, but how the heck can you force yourself to become present in the moment when you are not present in the moment? Keys are not the only issue, I’m sure we can all recount a list of other items that have also disappeared in the same manner as those darn keys!
Incidentally, I’ve been wondering about the Tile locator gizmo, ,but what happens when you can’t find your phone either? 🙂REPORT ABUSE
nellieMemberFebruary 23, 2015 at 9:17 amPost count: 596
Blackdog & Scatty, I have been thinking about this for the past couple of weeks after reading your response to my earlier post. I started trying to consistently take meds earlier regulate my sleep more. Although I haven’t gotten to a perfect routine quite yet but do find that the effort is worth it. I think I have to resign myself to the fact that getting organized basically takes effort.
Actually, I just had an epiphany after reading your responses again just now. I think our ADD tendency to want things immediately is really the issue with making progress and I have to resign myself to the fact that it takes actual real hard work. I had a similar realization Some years ago while I was trying to lose weight. I felt as if my entire day was centered around thinking about healthy food choices and what I was going to eat at my next meal so that it was healthy. It occurred to me then that it took actual effort and a concerted thought process to make it work. The same I guess with having a system to stay on track be that with a paper agenda or otherwise. That said, I better get going since I have 30 minutes to get dressed and out the door to make it to my appointment on time 🙂REPORT ABUSE
nellieMemberFebruary 23, 2015 at 8:57 amPost count: 596
Blackdog _ I think I could have written your post word for word 🙂 That’s just too funny – but at least we have a sense of humor! It’s amazing what turns up under the laundry isn’t it?:-)
Wasn’t this about organizing desk space though?:-)
Here’s my,ahem, tip of the day – In order to combat my piling tendencies, I bought a smaller glass top desk so am forced to tidy if I want more space to work. However, it seems I still accumulate piles anyway (surprise surprise!). So for the stuff that doesn’t get filed right away but needs to get off the desk, I bought some clear plastic containers with lids that I place under my desk.If I put it onto an adjacent shelf or something it eventually topples over. I used to use bankers boxes but they essentially help contribute to the out of sight out of mind problem.
While the clear containers don’t empty themselves on their own , at least I don’t forget that there is filing/important stuff in them. I also made sure they weren’t too deep so I couldn’t put too much stuff into them. Every so often the guilt puts me into a cleaning frenzy and they magically get cleared up in a juffy. Not sure why I can’t do that in the first place but hey, I’m too busy searching the under the laundry piles for lost keys and my agenda to worry about that now 🙂
nellieMemberFebruary 13, 2015 at 1:33 amPost count: 596
Blackdog, LOL the whiteboard falling off the wall thing happened to me to. It started out all fancy with lots of categories and color coding to track my projects but in the end I guess it became visual clutter! I didn’t even notice it anymore till it fell down. The other day I was out somewhere and the thought actually popped into my mind that I should check it. However, something seemed odd to me since I couldn’t visualize it on the wall. Eventually it occurred to me that the thing fell off the wall behind my desk ages ago!
I’ve given up with all the fancy stuff and just use an agenda now. I try to force myself to check it daily but I still fall on and off the wagon with that and forget appointments once in a while.
nellieMemberFebruary 13, 2015 at 1:06 amPost count: 596
Just wanted to pipe in about the caffeine aspect – definitely notice a difference if I have too much coffee. I usually also wash down the vyvanse with my coffee in the morning since I need at least 2 or 3 cups to wake up my brain before the Vyvanse kicks in. Lately I noticed that the caffeine seems to be having an even stronger effect. I decided to stop after the 2nd cup today because it feels as if I had a glass or two of wine instead.
Proper sleep and eating habits also makes a difference in terms of feeling alert. If I don’t get enough sleep or forget to eat breakfast the Vyvanse makes me feel spacey.
Blackdog, when you said it works better if you take it really early, could that be because it takes 2 hours to take effect so you notice productivity earlier in the day? I also find that if I get up early enough and take the Vyvanse I get a better start to the day. If I get up later and then only notice it kick in closer to noon , I kind of drag my feet and don’t get much done. Basically the day feels totally wasted. (Hope that makes sense!)August 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm in reply to: Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen #125780
nellieMemberAugust 11, 2014 at 8:59 pmPost count: 596
oh wow sorry I missed it! I participated two years ago and it was the most insane fun week I ever had! One of our group’s submissions actually even made it into the souvenir book. I was still on a high for at least a week after it was over!REPORT ABUSE
nellieMemberJuly 6, 2014 at 8:34 pmPost count: 596
LOL, KC I just read your post and for a split second thought ‘wow, can’t believe that happened!’before I came to my senses and remembered it was the humor section :-)Good one! Maybe a little to much Jack Daniels in my early days made me a tad overly empathetic toward the snake:-)June 19, 2014 at 8:08 am in reply to: How do I go on ..when everything is being taken from me #125415
nellieMemberJune 19, 2014 at 8:08 amPost count: 596
If anything should give you a reason to get up in the morning it is your children! Regardless of how bad things are you have to remember this.
No one can take your place and from what you write your love for your children clearly shines through.
Please draw on whatever strength you can find left inside of you and continue to fight to get back on your feet. For your sake and for theirs. Your resilience and courage in seeing through this time will provide them with the greatest role model they could possibly have.
Obviously you have talents and abilities if you can run a business. You may have lost all the material things in your life but those talents are still there. They are a gift for you to use in a different way now in order to get your life back on track.
I’m sorry that I don’t have any truly practical advice to provide beyond take it one day at a time. Choose to do some small thing today to make it better – anything , even if it is only making your bed.
Are there any social services that you can draw on or a family member to enlist as an ally?REPORT ABUSE
nellieMemberJune 14, 2014 at 12:13 amPost count: 596
In the past I have had jobs that were front line customer service and I really enjoyed the interaction with people. For me the boring jobs were the ones that don’t involve interaction with others. When you say customer service involves repetitive tasks I’m not sure I understand what you mean. What aspect of these jobs are your “kryptonite”?REPORT ABUSE
nellieMemberJune 11, 2014 at 10:21 pmPost count: 596
Well that’s really interesting Larynxa.
I always felt that how I visualize number sequences was to some extent connected to the math rods we used in first grades. Although this learned approach doesn’t correlate to my visualization of months and years. I can’t think of anything as a child that would have influenced it. I also visualize countries as part of map and usually with a label. But I since my father also has Synaesthesia I would sway in the direction of genetics being responsible.
nellieMemberJune 11, 2014 at 9:35 pmPost count: 596
Hopefully this won’t end up as a double post – I just typed a long reply which disappeared when I hit submit.
Blackdog, I’ve come to like the big TV – but know what you mean 🙂 The HD is amazing so it might be worth “pretending” you’ve given in 🙂 Now that you mention it though, I should check that ours can’t spy on us somehow. We have it hooked to the network and can watch Youtube on it. I thought it was cool but not so sure now.
To clear your google history you need to sign in with your gmail account. IF you don’t have one I guess that’s a good thing! Just make sure to clear your Browser cookies and use private browsing.
Is there any more room in that log cabin of yours? To add more paranoia to the mix here’s another article I just read:REPORT ABUSE
nellieMemberJune 10, 2014 at 11:46 pmPost count: 596
Like Blackdog and Shutterbug, I haven’t had much luck with those key finders either . Lost them or forgot to change the batteries when I did use them 🙂 I even have a luggage finder thingy that’s supposed to blink when it’s on the carousel. Never used it yet. Too much trouble for my ADD brain to remember to attach it to the baggage before leaving on a trip 🙂
So far the best tracking device I use regularly is a carabiner attached to my purse. Since my car has a “smart” ignition I don’t have to detach the keys at all. This also saves digging around in my purse.
Now to digress…Speaking of tracking objects:
I was shopping today and saw some sort of electronic device that you attach to whatever it is you want to track and it claimed to be able to find it with a your iPhone. At least I think that’s how it worked because I wasn’t really looking for anything like that so didn’t absorb the info. Anyhow, after reading the above posts I decided to do a Google search for the device on the store’s website but it doesn’t appear to be listed.
So did a broader search and came up with a device called The Tile.
Sounds like an interesting concept at first glance but maybe a bit too big brother. Especially disturbing if you consider this: http://www.komando.com/tips/12337/household-appliances-will-spy-on-you
When I came back here to the TADD Forum directly from the Tile website I noticed that the pop up add that suddenly appeared was for the Tile. That really creeped me out! Although it is humorously ironic!
However, I immediately decided to turn off Google tracking. It’s been bugging me for a while but have been procrastinating.
Anyway, Here’s another article you might want to read if you don’t like the idea of your online search activity being monitored and recorded forever:
Now I know how my keys feel 🙂REPORT ABUSE
nellieMemberMarch 3, 2014 at 12:14 amPost count: 596
nellieMemberFebruary 24, 2014 at 11:39 pmPost count: 596
Well, I would have to say I am also in the Scattybird and KC camp. Trying to see the humorous side of things helps although I also believe it’s important to allow ourselves to really feel an emotion before moving on. So if you are feeling sad then give yourself permission to be sad despite the emotional discomfort and inconvenience in terms of needing to be focusing on other things. (Easier said than done, ofncourse!)
I once heard comedian Joan Rivers speak about losing her husband suddenly and how she dealt with the grief. She said she allowed herself to wallow in bed for a month then got up and on with her life. Now, I really hope you won’t need a month in bed to get over hitting a squirrel! But the take away is to be sad if you have to , perhaps trying not to feel that way only makes it worse and not go away, if that makes any sense?
Scattybird’s pointing out the irony of the animal being a squirrel prompted me to look up the lifespan of urban wild squirrels. I was surprised to learn how short it is – most don’t make it past a year. The unfortunate aspect is that this is partly due to being hit by cars 🙂
Anyway hope you feel cheerier soon!REPORT ABUSE
nellieMemberNovember 5, 2013 at 1:10 amPost count: 596
I did attempt NaNoWriMo some years ago. Didn’t get far along with my novel and don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that I never ever finished it , but had fun trying!
Were I to do it again, I would make sure that I really cleared the month of other distractions and focused entirely on the novel writing. I’m not great at splitting my focus and have learned in the meantime that when I undertake a major project, I can’t dilly dally with a bunch of smaller ones at the same time.
I wish you the best of luck and look forward to hearing about your final word count!REPORT ABUSE