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Collected Item: “Trying to stay Organized and Self Motivated”

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Trying to stay Organized and Self Motivated

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I am submitting this object as an example of how some people with ADHD struggle with self-motivation and how they create workarounds for this. This is a photo from the wall next to my desk. Taped up are daily to-do lists for the next couple of days, a monthly calendar so I don’t get so caught up in the details of something I lose sight of larger projects and due dates, as well as random reminders. This method has been useful for me because it is not only repetitive, which helps me to remember goals and dates, which is important since memory issues are common with ADHD, but it also provides a form of motivation for me. Scratching tasks off of a to-do list, even if it is something simple like “eat lunch” helps me to stay engaged with my required tasks throughout the day.

This object speaks to the ways that many college students and young adults are trying to learn how to live on their own, while also going without much of the support from professors, friends, and family they could have had due to the restrictions put in place to stop the spread of the virus.

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#HST241, #CovidMiniCollection, #Suffolk, #CovidAndNeurodiversity, #ADHD, #NuerodiverseStudents

Who originally created this object? (If you created this object, such as photo, then put "self" here.)

Megan Bateman

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