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My secret to getting sh*t done

as a stay at home mom with ADHD

Mom / hot mess express

Allison Zinnick

It’s important to note that this is a best case scenario blog and that I’m not perfect (not by a long shot). But these are tools and mindsets that help me be productive and not get overwhelmed. Affiliate Links May Be Included

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Ready for it?? SHOES. Shoes are my secret.

In Canada, we don’t tend to wear shoes inside. When guests come over, they leave them at the door. There’s much debate about shoes in the home. Obviously outdoor shoes can bring in lots of unwanted dirt and germs inside.

Indoor shoes though – are a game changer, let me tell you why.

Think about when you’re putting on shoes. You’re going somewhere. You’re doing something. For us adhd-ers, shoes are a Cue for Focus.

Also – let’s face it, for some, sensory issues are a real thing. I am less distractible when I have shoes on as I’m not focusing on what’s underneath my feet. The consistent, gentle pressure from the shoes can promote a more focused and regulated state.

Routine is a big one with ADHD-ers. Establishing routines is crucial for managing ADHD symptoms. The act of putting on indoor shoes has become a part of a daily routine.

Consider slipping into a pair of indoor shoes! Let me know if it helps your ADHD productivity.

More ADHD productivity tips

Cleaning sucks no matter what. But it’s harder for us ADHD-ers. Here are some tips that will help you keep things tidy (ish).

Break the jobs into bite sized chunks

Instead of tackling the entire cleaning process at once, break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Focus on one area or room at a time to prevent feeling overwhelmed.

Set a timer for short intervals, 10 or 15 minutes, and focus on cleaning during that time.

Knowing that there’s a designated endpoint can make the task feel more achievable and prevent burnout.

Create a cleaning schedule – download mine!

Establish a routine cleaning schedule to maintain.Knowing what to expect and when will make it easier for you to avoid getting overwhelmed and from clutter accumulating. Print it out and put it on the fridge as a visual cue. Check the boxes off as you go along.

Get the tunes going!

I always work better with music. Taylor Swift specifically. But maybe you’re a murder podcast while you scrub toilets kind of guy.

Ask for help – delegate!

Get the fam involved! Delegating tasks not only lightens the workload but also provides a social aspect to the activity, making it more enjoyable.


Give yourself grace. If something doesn’t get done…THAT IS OK!!! If someone comes over and says something about your baseboards, you call me.

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