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Organizing Through Life

Sometimes managing ADD symptoms can seem like an unmanageable task. It is easy to become overwhelmed with numerous unfinished projects, lack of the ability to pay attention and the inability to get organized (forget about staying organized).


Managing a home and keeping it organized and structured can be difficult when you feel that you are being pulled in multiple directions with way too many items on your To Do list. Effectively managing your ADD symptoms can seem impossible, and can include meeting deadlines and missed opportunities that can end your business.


My husband has ADD. When he was younger, he was just considered to be hyperactive. Back then, he would have been labeled as ADHD, I’m sure. They just called him hyperactive. He ran all the time; he didn’t know how to “walk." The thing is…he was also highly intelligent and because he was easily distracted, he had issues in school and viewed as a trouble-maker. The problem is that he was just bored!

As an adult with ADD, and an I-95 daily commuter, he found his “cure”  was something that helped him to focus on the highway. And, it is very ironic. You may not believe it so keep reading! He used to stop at Starbucks with his “slugs” (this is a Virginia term for someone who gives others a ride to work so that they can use the HOV lanes on the highway). Every morning one of his “slugs” would purchase him a Grande’ Americana with 2 extra shots of espresso. This was his compensation for being the driver. Someone who is not ADD, like myself, would explode with that much caffeine. I can’t even imagine how drinking such a concoction would make me feel. For my husband, however, it had the exact opposite effect. It made him calm, cool and collected. He’s  gotADD – I don't!


If you can’t handle a Starbucks Grande’ Americano to help manage your ADD symptoms, give these five tips a try. These tips are what Harold Taylor, organizing expert with Taylor in Time says about managing your ADD symptoms. They all can apply to your business and everyday life:

  1. Organize your working area so that everything you use on a regular basis is visible and within reach.
  2. Develop routines for repetitive tasks such as checking email, paying bills and writing articles or blogs.
  3. Acquire a planning mindset by closing each day with a list of “To Do's" for the following day.
  4. Use a planner and use it to the max, blocking off time for projects, recording future “due dates”, follow-ups, appointments, special events, family birthdays and even recording places you visit and people you meet.
  5. Work in short periods of time – breaking longer tasks into “chunks.” Use a timer if necessary.

Putting simple and effective steps into place will help you stay focused and manage ADD. And, of course, if you need help trying to figure out how to organize your office, consider asking a friend, neighbor, co-worker or a professional organizer for help. Sometimes an outsider can have a clearer picture of how to best utilize your space.



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About Linda

As an Organizing Consultant and Coach, mom and grandmom, Linda has found answers to the struggles that "moms" deal with every day. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or work outside the home, you are usually the hub of the household. Linda will be sharing organizing tips, tools, techniques, support and motivation to help you enjoy each day to the fullest. Life doesn't have to be chaotic. Your can choose to be organized. You can read more about Linda and her services at

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If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.


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