I had the opportunity to attend the CHADD conference last week and am excited to be able to share my new education and insight with you here. One thing that someone mentioned to me was that daily routines can help teens, college students and adults as much as they can help young children.
In my workshops and individual coaching sessions, I have helped people devise morning routines and bedtime routines for their children. I had not thought as much about adult routines before the conference. Then I got thinking…. I need a routine for coming home at the end of the work day!
Although I am not diagnosed with ADHD, I have clutter challenges that sometimes leave me frustrated. The most challenging times are when I finish work, pick up the kids and race home to make dinner. I end up just putting everything on the kitchen counter, start dinner and get on with the evening.
So, I am starting my own routine for coming home at the end of the day. For starters, here is my list.
- Take computer to the office.
- Unpack work files & put away.
- Go through mail – file bills, write dates on calendar, add actions to my “to do” list, recycle paper
- Remind kids to unpack their backpacks and ensure they have a homework plan for the evening.
- Start dinner.
It seems so simple, but I tend to jump to step 5 and work everything else into the evening if I can. I think the discipline of this routine is just what I need! I’m going to start my new routine today and I’ll check in to let you know how it goes.
How about you? Do you have a routine you can share?