Be More Functional
Variety of tips and tricks that help my ADHD brain keep my life more or less together, and might help you, too.
Do or do not. There is no "prioritise"
No matter how cluttered your space is, remember it only has 5 things in it: trash, dishes, clothing, things that have a spot, things that don’t have a spot. Don’t look at the whole morass.
“Chronos” is measured and counted, while “kairos” is lived and experienced
If I have basically anything scheduled in a day, my brain goes into “waiting mode”. Like, that appointment is the next thing on the list, can’t do things out of order, so can’t do anything.
One a lot of people do is making their passwords something fun to type. That's the right approach: something that makes you happy but is kept secret, so you can be unashamedly dorky.
Optimisers break stuff because they try to carry everything down to the car in one go instead of making multiple trips.
I'd been agonising about it for literally years so I had this plan where I was going to do it and then write to you about the Experience but it was frankly such a non-event that I don't have much to say.
There's a set of digit mnemonics (created, as far as I know, by a Kevin Trudeau for some cassette-based memory-training course in 1995).
Cold water also stops blood flowing to the area, and you need bloodflow to heal
If you struggle with clutter, I bet you a billion dollars you don't have proper solutions for your greyspace stuff (grey as in, neither one thing nor the other)
All citrus oils - lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, bergamot, yuzu - are irritants, and worse, they are UV-sensitising so if you use them during the day, you will increase the amount of damage sun does to you.
Interstitial journalling is a minute or two of journalling that you do in between tasks to help you clear the old task out of your head and re-focus on the new task.
This week's Whippet ended up collecting a couple of different articles on allergies/intolerances. I have a bunch of these, which is mostly annoying but gives me two superpowers. These are superpowers that you, who can eat anything, can easily grab for yourself, so I present them here: 1. Bring
People usually put more effort into day-to-day life stuff when they do it with a partner. Successful spinsterhood is when you put that effort in for yourself.
Stuart McGill, professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, did an extensive series of studies, and they're just trash for your back.
When someone invites you to something in the distant future, ask: Would I say Yes to it if it was this weekend?
There are two totally separate systems that govern attention: your ability to maintain focus on the thing (‘enhancement’), and your ability to tune out other things (‘suppression’).
Wile E. Coyote has some pretty good tools for catching prey, namely: teeth, claws etc. But he always uses methods he's unskilled at.
Once you understand the psychological principles that make kanbans so powerful, you can apply them to any productivity system.
They can be costumes, they can be the clothes you wish you would wear outside but won’t (my most recent robe is a rainbow space galaxy with sweeping sleeves and a watercolour unicorn on the back)
Like your date’s gone to the bathroom, or your lunch is in the microwave. You probably don’t want to be so compulsive about your phone, but what else are you gonna do while you wait?
The easiest method that still turns out good, and the only slightly more complicated method that turns out great.
People get excited about fun organisation tasks — making a pegboard or putting all your spices in mason jars, or something pretty and fun — but feel like they can't do them when the floor hasn’t been vacuumed.
Videogame music is specifically designed to get you into a rhythmic flow. It’s intended to be a background to a focused task.
Look ahead of the line you’re drawing, not at the tip of your utensil where it meets the canvas!