The Interesting Secret to Planning and Organizing with ADHD   Part 2
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The Interesting Secret to Planning and Organizing with ADHD Part 2

August 31, 2019

Rick Green – so we’re talking about how ADHD folks can be super motivated if we’re
interested and then feel brain-dead if something looks boring. In part one I
revealed how I would always print off these really cool strategic planners
every year and then never use them. Not doing that anymore but Rick shouldn’t
you try and figure out why that planner didn’t work learn from your mistakes try
adjusting things try tweaking it? It wouldn’t helped if I was twerking it let
alone tweaking it and I did tweak it oh I changed the colors change the font
every year I tried different things new graphics in there, which actually was a
lot of fun and very interesting to do all that but then actually following up
actually filling it out making it part of my routine? yeah not so much. I am done with those that feels good. This year I’m going with a much better list as in a
shorter list here’s how it works you write down everything you could possibly
do and then you check off the things that really actually excite you. As much
as possible you focus on those you do what interests you now don’t be
irresponsible but explore what interests you. Now there’s a ton of daily life
stuff the routine stuff you have to do that stuff and if something is crucial
and has to be done but doesn’t excite you can you get someone else to do it?
God bless our accountants Peter and Gabriel. If you don’t have money to hire
people you trade services you do my accounting and I’ll bake you five huge
lasagnas or I’ll build your kid a model railroad or I’ll dog sit your Great Dane
yes I know it’s incontinent but I’m being audited so it should work out
about even. Here’s the miraculous part if there are things that need doing but
they’re not interesting to you can you make them interesting. Interestingly
enough you can how first try learning about it almost everything becomes more
interesting as you know more about it oh and learn from someone who’s actually
interested in it so many ADHD adults have told me if my teacher was passionate
I got interested I got A’s. If the teacher was bored I was bored. The second way to make a chore more interesting turn it into a game.
You see everybody loves games race the clock race each other keep score
whatever it is. What about those things where you like doing some aspects of it
but hate other aspects of it? Try running a website for example. In that case can
you get someone else to do the stuff that you don’t like doing so you can
focus on the stuff you do like doing? For example my mother-in-law loves knitting
the squares for quilts but assembling all of the squares into the big quilt
she can’t do it she hates it frustrating. Guess what? she found another lady who
likes to do that and guess what she does… that. I believe they call that
win-win-win-win-win actually because we get a great finished quilt. So the key to
getting motivated is to ask is it interesting? and by interesting I don’t
mean complicated or stressful I needed it wakes up your brain Thunder
Birds our golden – good work factor hyper focus I can’t wait I don’t want to
stop. Oh and just as everybody’s ADHD is very individual so are everybody’s
interests what interests you? It could be something weird that only a few people
like like cooking or singing or it could be something that everyone enjoys like
model railroading. What? and if a job is not interesting enough you can make it
more interesting which to me is interesting.


  • Reply InternetDude January 5, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    So true. If it's interesting, I'll drop everything and hyper focus on that for a few days, maybe even a week. If it's not interesting it's basically never getting done.

  • Reply Christy B January 5, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Rick, you bring some very good ideas! I will try to incorporate them with the other rule I'm trying to live with: Do something you don't like everyday. For me that sorting through paperwork or laundry. If I don't like 1 thing a day & find a way to work with the rest, life should be a little easier this time next year. I hope. Maybe. See you in 365, I'll let you know how the experiment goes 😉

  • Reply thormusique January 5, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Excellent, thanks! You've managed to hit a gaggle of nails on their respective heads with one, single hammer blow. Very useful advice!

  • Reply Bossman22 January 5, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Create a habit using kaizen. It works, even for people with ADD/ADHD!

  • Reply defne caym January 5, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Great adivice but idk what i love… expect the internet

  • Reply Hannah Linton January 5, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Dude, not only are you FUNNY AS HELL, you are soooo right.

  • Reply Hannah Linton January 5, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    And thank you for making these short and to the point #adhdbrain Love ya!

  • Reply kaffekananna January 5, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    I’ve taught my kids to love to vacuum. How? At first they weren’t allowed to. Now I can bribe them to clean their room and have vacuuming be the big reward. Might be the best win of my life so far. Now if only the could do laundry and put all of my clothes into my drawers… hmm 🤔

  • Reply Meagan Tognella January 6, 2018 at 6:39 am

    I just love your personality, Rick, and am so thankful for your helpful videos. You always make me smile and laugh. I am only 20 and was diagnosed at 19, but already, with the help of your fantastic website, filled with information, as well as your tremendous and informative documentaries, and your brilliant book "ADHD Stole My Car Keys". I have made such wonderful and positive improvements in my life and have greatly boosted my happiness and health. I have been able to learn about myself and how to work with my brain. Now, I can finally accept myself and love myself for who I am. Thank you so very much! Good bless you! <3 😀

  • Reply Miss Kelly Renee January 6, 2018 at 6:55 am

    I believe strongly in finding people who are good at what they do. I found a friend who loves to organize and redecorate and I plan on using her to help and she can use my room/apt as an example to promote her services.
    I also make a plan/game of cleaning since i have a love/hate relationship with it. I have such an open floorplan with my kitchen and living room that I will make a game to start from one corner to another until it is all clean. I have fun tools to use to make it quick, efficient and easy.

  • Reply Ajay Banstola January 6, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Guess why i switch between tasks, cause it's interesting only for 10 minutes, no matter how interesting it seems.

  • Reply Cassie Harrison January 10, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    "twerking it" 😂 👌

  • Reply Two of Pentacles January 12, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Thank you !!!!

  • Reply annemjensen January 13, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    For me, Pinterest makes house chores interesting. Finding hacks and new ways of organizing and cleaning and then testing them is oddly enough a motivator for the weekend cleaning.

  • Reply Grendorf February 24, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Hmmm, that might explain a few things, i cant say i had a single teacher that seemed passionate about what they teached…

  • Reply NECRONYX March 4, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    I'm always self conscious about commenting on YouTube because they usually end up really long, but it looks like a lot of us ADHDers do and that's a huge comfort. ♡

  • Reply LÄ©nh finewithdis? April 19, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Love you. You re interesting. And about the teachers thing. On point. Lol 😂😂😂

  • Reply Andreas Stokkeland May 23, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Love it 🙂 (I don't know how to do a smile that laugh and cries… 😉 )

  • Reply Panic Attack Recovery July 4, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks for the authentic video about how to focus on what interests us as ADDers. It’s incredible when one experiences what they can get done when they use this principle.

  • Reply Steph Reveron Official September 11, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    my life came back again!! thanks rick!

  • Reply Rebecca Girson September 15, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    You are awesome! Love your presentation style and sense of humor. Looking forward to watching your other videos.

  • Reply QurlyQ October 9, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    So glad I found this channel. Especially with all the quilting references 😁 really focusing on the main issue …….. lol

  • Reply RbKnox February 22, 2019 at 5:31 am

    "It wouldnt help if I was Twerking it" HAHAHH Very informative and hilarious videos! Newly diagnosed, really enjoying your content Rick!

  • Reply brightpage1020 March 14, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    You said “Twerking!” Love you! Thanks for all your hard work and making it look fun!

  • Reply Nakul March 17, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Oh god, I relate to Rick so much. (especially the fonts part).

  • Reply Madolite March 22, 2019 at 6:47 am

    I've had to do a lot of "Interestification" in my life. It's hard, cause I've had so much shit going on that I have a heard time being interested in anything on this planet. But some things can be interesting if I do it in certain ways and create challenges for myself etc, I.e. use my creativity to see how much I can push a goal or otherwise. Like, for instance, walking for 20 miles and then see if I can do another 10-20 miles, just on an impulse. I remember spending a full day one summer just walking up and down a steep hill 28 times, more than 1/5 the full distance of Mount Everest.

  • Reply Leah April 25, 2019 at 1:47 am

    RICK! Thank you for making BITE-SIZE videos! Even though I’m totally interested in the content, there’s no telling when something more interesting might come arou… (*gets distracted by a loose thread on a jacket)

  • Reply Coloring With D April 25, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Okay, is it just me or does everyone listen to videos at 2x speed? Also I gave up planners, I am a perfectionist and I cannot write in them because I have terrible handwriting and have too many mistakes when writing. Even typing them it's crappy. I am learning to draw and color. I've always liked it but didn't have the patience to learn. Now with meds, I have the patience. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Journi2Lyfe May 1, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Hilarious!! 🤣🤣

  • Reply Hera Hagstoz May 2, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    What about dishes

  • Reply NataLickiT SticksiT Natalie Chater June 13, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Rick I have loved building scale miniatures since I was a kid as well. My Father also builds model railway miniatures. I think there has to be a connection 😍

  • Reply SimonTek July 30, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Come to Indiana, I will give you a Fairmont A4 gangcar.

  • Reply Dan Bowkley August 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Please, please don't twerk it…I love ya bro, but not like that!

    I love solving puzzles, so anything I can do to puzzleify a chore or task makes it more interesting. How to cram all my scuba gear into a closet? Yeah that's a puzzle now. Figure out a new and creative way to do the thing and doing the thing just became way more fun.

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