Ridiculous yet effective ways to deal with Executive Dysfunction

Dealing with executive dysfunction and ADHD becomes so much easier when you stop trying to do things the way you feel like you should be able to do them (like everyone else) and start finding ways that actually work for you, no matter how “silly” or “unnecessary” they seem.

For years my floor was constantly covered in laundry. Clean laundry got mixed in with dirty and I had to wash things twice, just making more work for myself. Now I just have 3 laundry bins: dirty (wash it later), clean (put it away later), and mystery (figure it out later). Sure, theoretically I could sort my clothes into dirty or clean as soon as I take them off and put them away straight out of the dryer, but realistically that’s never going to be a sustainable strategy for me.

How many garbage bins do you need in a bedroom? One? WRONG! The correct answer is one within arms reach at all times. Which for me is three. Because am I really going to get up to blow my nose when I’m hyperfocusing? NO. In allergy season I even have an empty kleenex box for “used tissues I can use again.” Kinda gross? Yeah. But less gross than a snowy winter landscape of dusty germs on my desk.

I used to be late all the time because I couldn’t find my house key. But it costs $2.50 and 3 minutes to copy a key, so now there’s one in my backpack, my purse, my gym bag, my wallet, my desk, and hanging on my door. Problem solved.

I’m like a ninja for getting pout the door past reminder notes without noticing. If I really don’t want to forget something, I make a physical barrier in front of my door. A sticky note is a lot easier to walk past than a two foot high cardboard box with my wallet on top of it.

Executive dysfunction is always going to cause challenges, but often half the struggle is trying to cope by pretending not to have executive dysfunction, instead of finding actual solutions.


Preparation of an acid chloride on a bit larger scale. 

SOCl2 + RCO2H → RC(O)Cl + SO2 + HCl

The recipe is easy. Get a flask, a reflux condenser and a dropping funnel, weight out the acid into the flask, add 1,2 molar equivalents of thionyl chloride, heat and stir until no more gas evolves and distill what’s left in the flask to obtain a pure product. Yield: +99%.

However care should be taken, since highly toxic hydrogen chloride and sulfur dioxide is evolved from the reaction. The chlorinating agent what’s used, thionyl chloride and the product is toxic and will react violently with water to produce toxic gases.

Thoughts on oppressive beauty standards aside, I love makeup just because it’s colouring disguised as getting ready. Oh I have to leave the house soon? BRING FORTH THE GLITTER COLLECTION.

Yeah I’ll leave in a minute just gotta swatch these sparkles to figure out which ones are the sparkliest sparkles with the greatest sparkle span longevity.


Bromination with elemental bromine in acetic acid. Good in this method, that when the color of the bromine fades, the reaction is ready. Bad point: acetic acid and bromine are highly toxic and corrosive so when measuring the correct amounts I have to be careful. 

Interesting fact from Bromine:  In 1825 bromine had been isolated from sea water by Justus von Liebig who mistakenly thought it was a compound of iodine and chlorine, since it had similar chemical and physical properties to these already discovered elements. Only a year later, in 1826 by the French chemist Antoine-Jérôme Balard described bromine as a new element. He obtained bromine from the manufacture of sea salt at Montpellier by passing chlorine through an aqueous solution of the residues, which contained magnesium bromide. Distillation of the material with manganese dioxide and sulfuric acid produced red vapours, which condensed to a dark liquid.


Just for fun: reaction between elemental mercury and elemental bromine. 

It’s a quite violent reaction what generates a lot heat and because of this, most of the not yet reacted bromine evaporates as seen on the gifs. From the reaction mercurous bromide (Hg2Br2) forms what is a white, highly toxic powder, luckily not well soluble in most solvents. 

What happened here: This: 2Hg(l) + Br2(l) –> Hg2Br2(s)

Mercury(I) bromide or mercurous bromide is the chemical compound composed of mercury and bromine with the formula Hg2Br2. It changes color from white to yellow when heated and fluoresces a salmon color when exposed to ultraviolet light. It has applications in acousto-optical devices.