3 Tips For Improving Impulse Control at the Grocery Store

Grocery shopping is one of those things that everyone assumes is easy. But people with ADD can have a lot of trouble with impulse control, which can make a simple trip to the grocery store a whole lot harder. Sometimes I really struggle with shopping for food – I wander around aimlessly for extended periods of time getting distracted by little things in each aisle. If I don’t go into the store with a plan, I end up buying random foods that don’t mix. And worst of all, I spend too much money on things I won’t eat and don’t need but couldn’t help but impulsively buy (I’m lookin’ at you Gushers). I really am ashamed to admit how much food I waste when I impulse grocery shop. This is partially because I get caught up in the moment and buy silly things but also because I buy so much that I end up forgetting what I bought and it goes bad.

So while I have certainly not yet perfected the art of grocery shopping, here are a few ways I stay on track.

  1. Be sure to make a list of what you need before you go in and do not deviate from it. Try to get everything your list as quickly and efficiently as possible so you don’t get super distracted on your way to the next thing. If it helps you, you could even make it a game by timing yourself to see how quickly you can get in and out, limiting your exposure to things that will distract you.
  2. Don’t impulse buy perishable items. They will go bad and you will regret it.
  3. Go shopping with a friend! It’s helpful to have a voice of reason to dissuade you from buying expensive and unnecessary stuff.

How do manage impulse control when grocery shopping? Let me know in the comments!

Finding The Perfect Backpack For Easy Organization

After years of rampant disorganization and an inability to keep track of important papers, pencils or anything else, I have come to find that there are several keys to effortless organization in school. One of these tricks is finding the perfect backpack.

Getting and staying organized with or without ADHD is hard enough. So why not find something that can help do it for you? The easiest way to do this is with a good, simple backpack. I try to avoid unnecessary frills as it makes it more confusing for me. But once I realized I could leverage the simple way my backpack was constructed, I became a lot more organized by nature. For example, I used to try keeping a pencil pouch but usually ended up just stuffing pencils in the front compartment of my backpack. So I leaned into that. I made the first pocket of my backpack my pencil pouch since I do that naturally. I keep snacks, gum, deodorant and all other slightly bigger things in the medium compartment. It’s not perfect but I know where it is and I know I’ll put it back there.

A backpack with a designated computer pouch is an absolute must for built-in organization. So the toughest part of this is what to do with loose paper. I have struggled for a long time with this but I will share the best solution I have found with you. Get a simple folder and when you get papers, put them right into the folder – don’t worry about organizing them then. When you get home and have a few minutes, then you can take the time to put them in a binder or file cabinet that you will be able to find again later. If the folder is too much for you to deal with – and believe me, I’ve been there – then slip the papers into the computer pouch so at least they are all in one place and not being crunched up at the bottom.

How do you keep your backpack organized? Let me know in the comments!