Healthy Beginnings

Got ADD? 9 Great Tips for Teens & Adults

300-add1. When necessary, ask the teacher or boss to repeat instructions… rather than guess.

2. Break large assignments or job tasks into small, simple tasks. Set a deadline for each task and reward yourself as you complete each one.

3. Each day, make a list of what you need to do. Plan the best order for doing each task. Then make a schedule for doing them. Use a calendar or daily planner to keep yourself on track.

4. Work in a quiet area. Do one thing at a time. Give yourself short breaks.

5. Write things you need to remember in a notebook with dividers. Write different kinds of information – like assignments, appointments, and phone numbers – in different sections. Keep the book with you all of the time.

6. Post notes to yourself to help remind yourself of things you need to do. Tape notes on the bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator, in you school locker, or dashboard of your car – wherever you’re likely to need the reminder.

7. Store similar things together. For example, keep all your CD’s in one place, and tape cassettes in another. Keep canceled checks in one place, and bills in another.

8. Create a routine. Get yourself ready for school or work at the same time, in the same way, every day.

9. Exercise, enjoy nature, eat a balanced diet and get enough sleep.

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