I’ve struggled with ADHD my entire life. It impacts every aspect of how I function, whether it’s paying attention in class, keeping plans with friends, or making good on promises I’ve made. The biggest issue for me, though, is cleaning.
When I cheered in high school, I made the team because I was the closest of my friends to nailing my back walkover. I worked and worked at it and finally got it … until one day, my brain quit on me. As soon as I reached backwards, pointed and lifted my foot, and let my head dip behind my shoulders, I jerked back up involuntarily. I had the dreaded mental block, which physically kept my body from doing what I wanted it to do. Yeah, cleaning is exactly like that for me.
As badly as I want to get things done, it’s like I physically can’t. I drag my feet and procrastinate, all the while trying to convince myself to get up and get moving. It’s kept control over me for as long as I can remember, and even caused huge, huge problems in my marriage (a self-proclaimed slob married to a near-certifiable clean freak is not exactly a recipe for matrimonial harmony) … until now.
A few months ago, a friend gave me a tip that honestly changed my life.
Listen to audio books when you’re doing mindless activities like cleaning, organizing, running, and so on.
I know. I was skeptical too, but I gave it a go, and … wow. The best part?
See, there are these magical places called libraries, and they’re not just for quiet studying anymore. Most libraries have an online platform that allows you to check out audio, Kindle, and e-books online (and even some movies too!). The platform my library uses is called OverDrive, but to find yours you can check with your library. All you do is select your library, type in your library card number and PIN, and get cracking!
There’s just something about listening to a good book that helps me zone out enough to get things done without feeling like I’m actually working. I cleaned out my entire garage (which, after just having moved in with your husband after living the life of a pack rat is not easy) in about a week and hardly noticed.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll try just about anything short of black magic to get control over your ADHD. I was skeptical at first, but trust me, this is a game changer. Even if you don’t have ADHD and tend to just have a bit of trouble getting boring tasks done, give this a go and let my know how it works for you!
What other tips do you have for getting control over ADHD? Do you have a favorite book to listen to while working? Share them with me below!