My 8 Totally Doable ADHD New Year’s Resolutions


I make resolutions all the time …

So, I realize that the title of my last post was a little misleading. What was I thinking? “In 2015, I Resolve To …

Did I tell you what my resolutions were in that post? No. Which makes me wonder … why are you reading this one? I lied. You should have higher standards.

No, wait, don’t go away. It was a mistake … the title meant that I resolve not to make resolutions that are bound to fail.

And? …

And yes, I totally should have told you what my resolutions were.

So now I’m going to rectify that and redeem myself. Here they are, my Eight Totally Doable ADHD Resolutions. Okay, they may not have so much to do with ADHD as they were affected by ADHD, but they’re really my resolutions, and I have ADHD so, read on:

  • This year I resolve to go fishing at least once. And not that power fishing stuff with the big boat on the inland sea with the expensive gear. I resolve to take myself to a small lake or river and just sit quietly, and fish.
  • This year I resolve to not start another book until I’m finished reading the seven I’ve started already. Or burned them. Well, no, not burn as in light on fire. That’s a crime against literacy. But burn, as in put them in a box marked “Interesting” and “Don’t show the children these,” and then donate them to a thrift store. I already finished reading “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson, The Blogess … can you tell?
  • This year I resolve to go skating again. Because for Gawd Sake, I’m Canadian, I should be skating to work this time of year. Oh, right, I work at home. But still, I’m going skating. Can you skate on hardwood floors? I feel like I should know the answer to that. I remember skating on linoleum tiles as a child … in the kitchen, don’t tell my father, ‘kay?
  • This year I resolve to clean out under my bed. Don’t laugh. I didn’t resolve to do that last year and now look, a whole year has gone by and who knows what’s under there. Maybe I’ll find things I’ve been missing for a while.
  • This year I resolve to drink more water. Well actually, I already drink more water than most people. It’s very important, drinking water. So this year I resolve to keep drinking more water.
  • This year I resolve to let myself be distracted more often. I’m going to set my timer for 30 minutes, at least four times a week, and then just give myself permission to do whatever, or half do two whatevers or do 25% of four whatevers … you get the idea, right? And no guilt, I refuse to feel guilty about the time I spend doing that. … I already feel guilty just thinking about it. Maybe twice a week will be enough?
  • This year I resolve to go out for coffee with a friend or friends at least once a week. Not the regular Saturday morning thing that just happens, but like an appointment. “Hey, message me and we’ll do coffee next week.” That sort of thing. Oh, did you think I meant with you? I didn’t, but hey, if I’m not already booked, that might work. Let me know if you’ll be in my town next week.
  • This year I resolve to think up better resolutions for next year. Though I don’t know how, these ones are pretty damned good.
  • Okay, that’s it. All easy enough to do, and every one worth feeling proud of, when accomplished.


    I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. Find out more about me on my website: writeofway. email me at ADHD ManLike this author?

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