Meditation & The To Do List


There is one important thing about meditation for us ADHDers that I didn’t mention in the last post because I thought it might deserve its own post. I’m not sure how much I’ll need to write on it. But here it is. For those of you who have worked with me you know that pre-pandemic, I was in the process of writing a book about my To Do List system. That project is on hiatus due to the demands of my family life right now. And, I don’t really discuss the To Do List on the blog. That’s the one thing I hold back as “proprietary information” for my clients and people who eventually buy my book.


But whatever your system is for keeping track of your tasks, I suggest that you have that system handy when you meditate. When I was first getting into the practice of meditating, I would find that on my way to clearing my mind (as much as I can) I would often think of things that needed to go on my To Do List. At first I was torn about what to do about that. I didn’t want to break my meditation to log my task, but I couldn’t really relax and get a good zen thing going if I was worried about forgetting the thing I just remembered that I had to do.


My solution is to always have my To Do List with me while I meditate and when something pops into my head while I’m trying to get my zen on, just transition for a moment, document it, and shift right back to my meditation state. I actually find it less disruptive than I thought I would and then I can really let my thoughts go and get the most out of my meditation. As a matter of fact, clearing my mind is a pretty good time to remember the things I am forgetting. And, once they are accounted for, that’s a pretty good recipe for relaxation and centeredness. Try it! Tibetan Prayer beads optional.

Standard Disclaimer: In an effort to foil my own perfectionist tendencies, I do not edit my posts much… if at all. Please excuse and typos, mistakes, grammatical errors, or awkward phrasing. I focus on getting my content down. In my humble opinion, an imperfect post posted is infinitely better than a perfect post that goes unfinished.