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Q: “My Disorganized Teen Hates Checklists and Charts”

Q: “I’m at my wit’s end setting up organizational systems for my 13-year-old daughter. Checklists and charts don’t work for her.

She says she doesn’t like them, and they take her too long to read. So they get completely ignored, and none of her chores get done.

I also have to remind her where all her stuff in the house goes. Any ideas for what I can do to help her be more organized at home and at school? Thanks.” —WitsEndMomHi WitsEndmom: Have you tried color-coding techniques to help your daughter be more organized at home and school? In my work as an ADHD family coach and at home with my own kids, I have had much success using color-coding systems (especially for young children) for to-do lists, school supplies, and reminders.Here’s why it works.Color plays a significant role in enhancing memory performance.1 A 2013 study in the Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, revealed that color increases the chance for environmental stimuli to be encoded, stored, and retrieved successfully.2When we arrange information — to-do lists, calendars, shopping lists — into color blocks, our brains can more quickly process the information, increasing our likelihood of completing tasks.But apart from the science, color coding is a fun and easy way to help children get and stay organized![Self-Test: Does My Child Have ADHD?]Here are my top eight color-coding tips:1. Color code your child’s to-dos.

Use different-colored sticky notes to help your child track when to do specific tasks like schoolwork or household responsibilities. You can also use the color of the sticky note to indicate the urgency of an assignment or responsibility.

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