Trouble organising – Why is this such an issue for those with ADHD?

People with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit DisorderADD often experience difficulties with organisation due to underlying cognitive and executive functioning challenges. Here are some reasons why individuals with ADHD may struggle with organization:

  1. Impaired executive functions: ADHD is characterized by impairments in executive functions, which are cognitive processes that help with planning, organizing, initiating tasks, prioritizing, and maintaining focus. These executive functions are necessary for effective organization, and deficits in these areas can make it challenging for individuals with ADHD to stay organized.
  2. Poor working memory: Working memory refers to the ability to hold and manipulate information in the mind over short periods. Individuals with ADHD may have difficulties with working memory, making it harder to keep track of multiple tasks, remember instructions, or retain information needed for organization.
  3. Time management difficulties: People with ADHD often struggle with time perception, estimating how long tasks will take, and prioritizing activities. These challenges can lead to difficulties in planning and allocating time effectively, resulting in disorganization.
  4. Distractibility and impulsivity: Individuals with ADHD are prone to being easily distracted and have difficulty sustaining attention. This can disrupt organisational efforts as they may get sidetracked, forget important steps, or struggle to stay focused on completing tasks.
  5. Trouble with task initiation and completion: Individuals with ADHD may find it challenging to initiate tasks or have difficulty following through to completion. This can result in unfinished projects, clutter, and disorganization in their physical and digital spaces.
  6. Poor organisational strategies and systems: Without proper guidance or training, individuals with ADHD may not develop effective organisational strategies or systems. They may struggle to establish routines, create filing systems, or maintain order in their environment.

It’s important to note that the specific challenges with organisation can vary among individuals with ADHD. However, with appropriate support, such as coaching and/or therapy, and the implementation of strategies like breaking tasks into smaller steps, using visual aids, implementing routines, and utilising reminders or organisational tools, individuals with ADHD can improve their organisation skills and overall daily functioning. There are plenty of strategies you can put in place but like so many other things, it’s what works for you.