My Daily Routine – The ADHD Version

I participated in a chat yesterday hosted specifically for women with ADHD. I met some really cool people, and even made a friend!

One of the questions that women were asking was about how everyone managed to get everything done in a day, like chores, work, kids etc. You know, the usual superwoman stuff.

I found it interesting that this question came up because of the recent series I’ve been hosting every Sunday: Life as a WAHM. One of the major topics of this series is the daily routine. In fact, Janine Huldie just did a post this month about her daily routine, which I found extremely enlightening.

But, I haven’t talked about my daily routine.

Since I do have ADHD, my daily routine is a bit… squirrely… I’ve found the only way to get things done is to have an actual routine. Solid does not necessarily mean scheduled, I have yet to add that much structure to my routine. I’m very much a creature of habit, and if my routine is disturbed, I find it very difficult to control my squirrely tendencies.

When I first became a SAHM, I fell into a fairly organized routine, which, over time, I modified and made more efficient. My routine continues to evolve, and I have found that with the ADHD, I have to go with the flow to a certain extent, especially where cleaning is concerned.

My To-Do List

Right now, my routine looks something like this:

  • Get up, clean dishes, tidy up the kitchen
  • Make tea, workout, shower
  • Breakfast
  • Look over to – do list and weekly goals
  • Preview lesson plan for the day’s homeschooling lessons
  • Check email
  • Check stats (Hubpages, blogs)
  • Log in to Facebook and Twitter and check messages and pages
  • Open up Word, and start work on the article I’m currently writing
  • Make more tea
  • Start Sam’s homeschooling lessons
  • Lunch
  • Work on blog posts
  • Continue Sam’s homeschooling lessons
  • Feed cats (all 6) and the dog
  • Clean litter boxes
  • Miscellaneous chores for the day (this can range from planting our container garden, which we’re in the process of doing, to listing items on ebay and vacuuming, etc).
  • Make more tea
  • Finish Sam’s homeschooling lessons
  • Dinner
  • Article writing, blogging
  • Social media stuff
  • Make more tea
  • Clean the kitchen of the dinner dishes etc.
  • Crafting time
  • Bed
  • Writing time
  • Bed

I should mention that we’re on a biphasic sleep schedule, which is why there are no times listed. It’s also why there are two bedtimes. We sleep twice: once for 4.5 hours and once for 1.5 hours. This gives us an extra two hours during our day, which I typically spend writing. I confess, however, that the majority of the two hours is spent surfing the web… my ADHD really kicks in when I have two solid hours of quiet time!

Biphasic Sleep Schedule
Our biphasic sleep schedule. Greg is blue, and I’m pink. These colored areas show our 4.5 and 1.5 hour blocks of sleep (the green is because Wednesday is trash day, which alters our sleep schedule by an hour.)

All this is about to change. We’ll be staying on the biphasic sleep schedule, but I’m going to devise a schedule to structure both my work time and my family time. I need to give myself time limits, and to do that I need to structure the routine more, and have set time periods for each activity. I’m hoping this will also curb my tendency to procrastinate.

So there you have it, my daily routine. I mentioned that I do have to kind of go with the flow, like when I’m cleaning? I have room-to-room syndrome. I’ll pick something up that has a home in another room, and I’ll have to put it in that room right away. Inevitably, I end up doing the same thing in the next room. But I do come back to the original room in the end. I usually go in a big circle. That’s how I use it to my advantage. I know I’m going to do it anyway, so why not do it efficiently?

I’m thinking about starting a new page on this blog – ADHD Tips. Since both my husband and I have ADHD as well as our daughter, I’m going to share all the tips and tricks I use to get through my day. 😀

Until tomorrow!


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