Hello! Welcome to my very first blog post. Welcome to those that I forced to come here with a link dropped in your inbox – and a bigger welcome to those that stumbled upon this by accident.
I am starting this blog for one purpose only – to give a semblance of meaning to the past two years of my life. Ever since the start of lockdown, I’ve been struggling especially hard with my ADHD. Diagnosed 4 years ago, things were never easy, but I had a routine for myself. As many can attest to, Covid threw a spanner to a respectable daily timetable.
When you’ve nowhere to be, and no responsibilities to attend to, my sleeping schedule went to the dogs. I became nocturnal for two weeks out of every month, as my body clock crept forward by a few hours every night. My eating habits suffered similarly, as your choices of meals to eat at 11pm (with no fresh food in the fridge) are limited.
It was at the start of 2021 that I knew I needed to change my life. I woke up one day in January, looking around at the empty takeaway packaging, wine bottles, and my greasy hair in the mirror to think “nah, I don’t wanna do this anymore.”
I became obsessive about fixing my life that day.
Finish each day and be done with it.Ralph Waldo Emerson
You have done what you could. Some blunders
and absurdities no doubt crept in,
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
As anyone with ADHD can relate to, however, you can find that you’re constantly at war with yourself. Me with meds wants to Get Shit Done, but me without meds? Nah. Time to play video games until 5am.
This told me one thing – I needed accountability. I needed someone to say “now now, Shannon, time to go to bed” when the clock squeaked past the witching hour. Something that would remind me “hey, it’s 4pm and you haven’t eaten, go fix it!”
I bought myself an Amazon Echo (I know there are a lot of things to say about Amazon, and the privacy concerns of “always listening cloud devices.” I will address this in a further post, but all I’ll say now is that the benefits to my life as an accessibility device hugely outweighed any privacy issues that may have arisen at that time in my life).
I set Alexa up so that she would announce the time every hour from 8pm to midnight. That made such a difference to my “time blindness”. I then bought one for every room, and that was my introduction to the world of home automation.
I plan to post more stories such as this – ways that my ADHD has impacted me, and the solutions I have devised to help me out. This has been my life for the past year, and if I can help anyone else out by documenting things I have learned, then it will be worth it.