Brenda Nicholson

Habits and Routines that Guide My Life

I have ADHD.

Without habits and routines, my life would consist of wandering here and there and getting little done in between. I write everything down — even a post-it I keep to remind me to put the laundry in the dryer. And I have specific days for certain things.

Bathrooms get deep-cleaned on Sundays because I empty the trash, and garbage day is Monday.

Sunday is also plant watering day. I don’t know why, but it works. Before, I couldn’t grow a thing except for mold. Now I’m a plant mama.

All of this didn’t happen overnight. My house and I were a mess for a long time.

I had ten people for dinner one Christmas and forgot to go grocery shopping. I didn’t even have stuff for peanut butter sandwiches in the house. I had to call my sister-in-law and ask her to bring leftovers.

It was time to develop some habits and routines.

I started by assigning days to specific tasks and stacking one habit on top of another.

I always eat breakfast, but now I unload the dishwasher first.

I plan. I have a journal for vacation, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It lists what I need, what I did in years past, what worked, and what didn’t.

Every week, I check my planner to see what’s going on. By now, I know my weekly routines and habits. The house stays relatively clean, and I feel more in control.

I’ve come a long way, and it feels good.

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