ADHD Toolbox: Fridge Planner Pad


Image Description: A small square image with a white background and white text superimposed on the image. The image contains a ball-peen hammer with a wooden handle. The white text superimposed on the image goes as following: “This is not a drill. I repeat: This is NOT a drill!”

Recently, I’ve recently been reading some ADHD-orientated articles written by René Brooks, and I was hoping they would help me manage my house and/or my messy environment better. As René has ADHD herself; she knows what it’s like to struggle with Executive Dysfunction.

An excellent piece of advice that René has offered is to store items in the location you are most likely to use them. I shall use myself as an example: whenever I am in the kitchen and I run out of an item, I attempt to bring out my phone to record it down in one my numerous reminder apps.

The problem with this is that I then proceed to get distracted by notifications on my phone and then I forget why I got my phone out in the first place. So, I’ve been trying to think of an alternative solution to this problem, one that involves stationery.

I’ve also noticed that, while I’ve looked after my Dad For the last six weeks, My Dad struggles with a lot of the same things I struggle with, like remember to have enough water throughout the day. In order to help him with remembering, I purchased him a family calendar, and I purchased him a Daily Notes Planner Pad

I also found this Magnetic Tape on Amazon. I applied the magnetic tape to the back of the planner pads and stuck my ones to my fridge. Images are below:


Image Description: An image of a daily planner pad from kikki.K. the planner is divided up to five sections: from left to right, there are four square sections, one for Notes, one for Today’s Self-Care, one for Top 3 Priorities, and a section for water intake. On the right side is a lined To-Do List section.


Image Description: An image of the back of a planner pad from kikki.K. The back of the planner pad is plain cardboard.


Image Description: An image of the back of a planner pad from kikki.K. The back of the planner pad is plain cardboard. In this image there two strips of magnetic tape stuck to the back of the planner pad.


Image Description: An image of a weekly planner pad from Woolthsworth. The planner has two sections: section one is six verticle columns to represent the days of the week (Saturday and Sunday share half of one column). Section two is a Notes section with lines and To-Do list section.


Image Description: An image of the back of a planner pad from Woolthsworth. The back of the planner pad is plain cardboard.


Image Description: An image of the back of a planner pad from Woolworth. The back of the planner pad is plain cardboard. In this image there two strips of magnetic tape stuck to the back of the planner pad.


Image Description: A verticle notepad with a grey border. The notepad is a To-Do notepad with a square at the beginning of every line.


Image Description: An image of the back of the verticle To-Do notepad. The back of the verticle To-Do notepad is plain cardboard.


Image Description: An image of the back of the verticle To-Do notepad. The back of the verticle To-Do notepad is plain cardboard with a single strip of magnetic tape attached to the back.

I operate better on a weekly schedule, so I figured the weekly planner pad would be better for me, and so far the planner pad in conjunction with the To-Do list has been fairly successful. If I run out of an item, all I have to do is pick up the pencil I have on top of the fridge, and write down the item on the To-Do List.

This process only takes two steps, which means it has a much higher success rate of being completed. As I’m writing it down, I am also more likely to remember it, and I have the option of either writing it down in my phone or taking the piece of paper with me.

Since implementing this system, I have successfully remembered to write down items as my partner and I run out of them, and successfully remembered to purchase more when I go food shopping. I highly recommend implementing something like this if you also struggle with tasks like these.

The thing is, you don’t have to get planner pads exactly like this, I just happen to find these ones, and they just happened to work. Figure out what works for you (or what isn’t working) and go from there. You could easily purchase a plain notepad and apply magnetic tape to the back of it.

If you have any memory tools you’d like to recommend, feel free to do so in the comment section down below, hope this helped.

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