To some people, routine means stuck in a rut, but to someone with ADHD, routine is one of the few orderly things in a chaotic world.
For instance, every morning I would make myself a mug of coffee with breakfast. I’d hardly drink it and as I got ready to leave for work, part of my routine for the last several years was to pour that mug into my travel cup then take my Adderall before screwing on the lid and leaving for work.
The last two mornings, however, I changed things up. I thought, why do I dirty a mug when I could just brew the coffee into my travel mug, cutting out all those extra steps?
So that’s what I did yesterday and today. And guess what I forgot to do as a consequence?
That’s right. I forgot to take my Adderall.
You may call it living in a rut, or doing things by rote, or even being unimaginative and boring, but the fact remains, for many of us suffering with ADHD, routine is our lifeline keeping us from being swept away in a river of chaos.