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    I Have ADHD. Here Are 14 Genuinely Life-Altering Hacks That I Use On A Daily Basis

    ADHDers, you can thank me later (if you remember).

    Hi! I'm Alice. I hate milk, love contemporary romance novels, and watch a lot of Real Housewives. Also, I have ADHD.

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    At 17, I insisted on being evaluated for ADHD — despite some people telling me that I was just lazy and needed to apply myself.

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    My doctor determined that I am, in fact, "the poster child for ADHD." Still, it took me over a decade to find the right systems and hacks to navigate daily life.

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    Here are some hacks that make my life 1,000x easier. If you have ADHD and struggle with basic tasks, I hope you find these tips helpful!

    1. Procrastination hack: Follow the mantra "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

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    2. To-do list hack: Limit lists to three–five items.

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    3. Trick my brain/body into action hack (part 1): Listen to my "Manufactured Serotonin" playlist.

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    4. Trick my brain/body into action hack (part 2): Have an orgasm.

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    5. Make myself put the phone down, get up, and DO SOMETHING hack: Literally throw my phone across the room.

    6. Wake up with minimal struggle hack: Set an alarm for one hour before I need to get up so I can take my stimulant medication.

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    7. Bonus clock-related hack: This timer thing is amazing.

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    8. Drink enough water for my body to function properly hack: Eat something spicy.

    9. Remember to take all my meds throughout the day hack: Use a water bottle with a built-in pill case.

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    10. Override my mindset of "I would rather take a fork to my eyeball than complete this tedious, mind-numbing task" hack: Find a podcast I love, download every episode I can, and play it while I go around doing chores I absolutely hate.

    11. Reading like I did as a kid before I lost the ability to finish a single book hack: Find the adult version of books I loved when I was younger.

    12. Prevent my house from becoming a total pigsty hack: I buy household items specifically designed to help my brain's ~*~problem areas.~*~

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    13. Understanding my brain better hack: Research ADHD and figure out what changes I want/need in my life.

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    14. Dream big hack: Set lofty goals.

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    I want to know your ADHD hacks! Drop them in the comments below. 👇