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As you probably know by now, I was diagnosed with ADHD in February 2005, at the age of 28. The last nearly 11 years have been spent figuring out how to manage my symptoms, since there are times (like right now) I can’t take medication.

One of my biggest problems has always been time management. How long does the thing really take? When is my appointment? Which days should I do this rather than that?

I’ve read a lot of books (most notably, Julie Morgenstern’s Time Management from the Inside Out) and tried implementing their strategies, but nothing really stuck permanently until the following happened:

  • I started using a Moleskine datebook.
    • I wrote everything down in it.
    • I checked it daily.
  • I spent a few months seeing an ADHD coach.
    • Objective accountability has always been good for me.
    • She helped me see that I’m actually good at some things to do with time management and just needed to tweak my approach to capitalize on what I’m good at.
  • I started making a list of everything I needed to do in a day and checking things off.
    • I stopped worrying about how much I did and focused more on what I did.
    • I tweaked things to get them to work for me.
    • I started noting in my datebook what tasks I was doing when, as a measure of my time.

In 2015, I prepared monthly planners for people to download and print for free. These planners incorporated all of the results of my learning and tweaking, as well as a few features other ADHDers requested.

For 2016, I am continuing to provide these free printable planners (in this Google Drive folder), but I am also putting the planner up for sale as a coil-bound book you can purchase at Each planner will contain three months as well as the special planning pages that make my system work so well.

I have a few other things in the works, like project planning pages and a financial planner/organizer, but this is first and January-March is ready to purchase. I am so proud of myself for making this happen!

Posted February 5, 2016 by karalianne in Admin Post

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