The Top Ten . . . Products I wouldn’t want to live without

A Few of my Favorite Things

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

A drawing of a woman surrounded by stuff - a rocking horse, a floor lamp, a trunk, a bowl & pitcher, a painting - wearing a hat with a price tag still attached
Anybody who’s spent much time with very many ADDers knows how attached some of us can get to our stuff. Regardless of how you might feel about that particular quirk of personality, ya’ gotta’ admit, those of us who are stuff-obsessed know our products!

To quote an ADD stuff-opedia I know,
“Honey, Heloise ain’t got nothin’ on me!”  

While I may not give my friend much of a run for her money, check out some of my stuff suggestions (and leave me yours!)

Ten of my Favs (and an 11th in the comment section!)

1.  Lotion-impregnated tissues (yeah, I call ’em Kleenex™ too, but they’d prefer we’d
be respectful of their trademark in print)
– the lotion kind really are MUCH kinder to the nose!

2.  Stickies in several sizes, lined and unlined (you probably know them as Post-Its™
— see above)

3.  My battery-operated Casio watch — my set-in-nanoseconds nudge on a strap for
about 30 years now.  It’s the only watch I’ve ever found with a count-down alarm I can set quickly and easily – even in the dark (believe me, I’ve LOOKED, cause for YEARs the only version they made was a homely little thing).

They don’t last forever, but they’re cheap enough to keep buying every few years (around $20!)

And you can now get them in gold and silver as well as the original version with the black plastic strap (which they still make, by the way, and is the very cheapest).

I get mine on Amazon – two at a pop, because I never want to be without a backup.

4.  Thumb-drives-on-a-cord you can wear like a necklace (USB mini-storage – so many uses, so little time!)

5.  HUGE jingle bells I can attach to things I need to keep track of (most notably, keys!)

6.  Coffee Shrine stuff: Melita system, #6 filters, thermal carafe & Bustello.  I’m currently looking for a new grocery store because my local Krogers stopped stocking the big filters.  (I mean, what’s the point of making a teensy pot of coffee!)

7.  My Eat-Easy favs: microwave, toaster oven, several sizes of crockpots (and those way-cool throw-away Liners so you don’t have to scrub the crock)

8.  Black Leggings one of the few things in life that are actually fast, cheap and good!

Throw ’em on with a pair of boots and a season-specific top and you’re out the door in a
flash!  I buy ’em in case lots, it seems, and keep them practically forever.  I sleep in ’em,
exercise in ’em, paint in ’em, walk the dog in ’em.
(Too bad they went out of style for men at the end of the Elizabethan Age — sorry guys)

9.  Scrubbing Bubbles™ – Supposedly a bathroom cleaner, I use it EVERYWHERE.
Leave your stove a mess?  Spray it on, wait ’til the foam turns runny, and wipe the stove
clean with a paper towel (or a Sham Wow — another fav that’s kinder to trees). And baby,
you are DONE!

And I’m not kidding about “wipe”  — the Bubbles do the scrubbing — just like they
say in the commercials.

Ditto kitchen floor, btw. The list of what I DON’T use it on would be shorter!  The best!  

UPDATE 11/2012  – they may lose their spot on my Top Ten List with the new all-in-one cap design.  Still a GREAT product, but not nearly as handy since they changed to the new design. 

I have NEVER run into a two-fisted push button before! Did anybody test that thing with WET hands (and when are they not wet when you’re cleaning?) Come-on!  Do you really think we don plastic gloves to wipe up every little spill?

SERIOUSLY – did they have ANY women on the design test team?  Did any of them try to push that button with one finger of one WET hand while they wiped with a sponge held in the other?  (If so, I would be afraid to get anywhere near the hands of those particular women!)

10.  My Garmin nüvi GPS!!!!  Need I say more?  [Thanks to Kate Kelly & Peggy Ramundo
of You Mean I’m NOT Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy fame – my best Christmas present EVER!]

I no longer live lost.  Who knows how many years of useful hours have been added to my life.


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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

4 Responses to The Top Ten . . . Products I wouldn’t want to live without

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  2. Shelley says:

    My iPad and blackberry all synced with my outlook so that alarms go off and reminders pop up for Everything, which even say “pack up your work and leave to pick up your son”. Helps with hyperfocus, except when I snooze the alarm, so I don’t leave my son at school for three hours or forget to actually be at my boyfriends house after he’s made me a huge dinner and gets angry when I arrive and he’s done with dinner and half way through the bottle of wine by the time i show up and accuses me of not caring or thinking his time in not valuable

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    • Oh yeah! Those are clearly things we can’t do without – thanks for adding them to the list.
      More thoughts:
      NOT that it is okay to blow people off (and I know that’s not what you’re saying), I am always perplexed, defensive, and more than a tad bit angry when non-ADDers go to the “not thinking their time is valuable” place when we’re late.

      Here’s where I go when they do that:

      SUP with THEM?!

      1-So does that mean when YOU are late, you do it on purpose? Because I don’t.
      2-Or does that mean you’re only on time for people who are important and blow the others off?
      3-Um, you DO remember I have ADD, right? Is it that you don’t UNDERSTAND my challenges or that you don’t BELIEVE them? Either way, we may have a big problem here if we don’t get the info exchange working.
      4-What, Babe, your dialing finger’s broken?
      I know it’s not your JOB to rattle my cage, but hey, if I were gong to the trouble of making a huge dinner for someone I cared about, I wouldn’t do it as a test of their love and caring – flunking them if they couldn’t make it on time, starting dinner without them and having a fit later — I’D CALL! “Hey, honey, I know how tough time is for you You need to leave pretty soon to make it by the time dinner’s ready. Call me as you start the car.”

      If they STILL can’t get out the door, more systems tweaking may be necessary, but WHATEVER it is that’ going on, it says n-o-t-h-i-n-g about whether or not Beloved cares about you. You vanillas have no IDEA how hard we struggle with time and hyperfocus – we do not need to be beaten up for it TOO (certainly not by those who claim to care about us.)

      Sorry – I’m sure your boyfriend’s not a total creep, but the behavior you describe looks like HE is the one who doesn’t care or think YOUR time is valuable — not to mention your feelings. I mean, you did jump in the car and drive over as soon as you realized you were late, right, despite the fact that you knew he was likely to be angry about it? hmmmmmmmmmmmm Unless it was a dinner PARTY where the other guests needed to be considered, what’s UP with this starting without you business. NOT COOL – and not effective.

      If you were blind, would he make the fact that you tripped over his furniture about HIM?


  3. I can’t leave out my DayTimer™ — but I don’t want to agonize over what to remove to make it 10!


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