Planning & Prioritizing
October 12, 2021

Ripley's Story

Ripley's Story

Meet Ripley

Ripley is a working adult that has successfully integrated Eachday into his daily routine, it helps him plan and prioritize activities throughout the day so that he doesn’t procrastinate, feels accomplished, and still has time to pursue his interests.

He Struggles With Planning & Prioritizing

Ripley wakes up to an alarm at half past six. Still groggy, he takes his ADHD medication then falls back asleep. Thirty minutes later, his medication kicks in, and when his second alarm sounds, he’s up and ready to start his day. This is a technique that he learned from Eachday — just one of the hundreds of ADHD tips that people like Ripley use to improve the quality of their life.

As he makes his way to the bathroom, Ripley opens his phone and sees a notification from Eachday wishing him a good morning with a motivational quote. Eachday reminds him of his tasks for the day, helping him plan and prioritize what needs to be done before bed. He has already finished his first to-do: taking his medication. He marks the task as complete, then clicks to start his morning routine. 

Before Eachday, Ripley used to struggle with his morning routine. Sometimes he’d forget to brush his teeth, or he’d take too long and arrive late to work. Even with his medication, he still struggled with prioritizing what needed to be done. For people with ADHD, regular tasks require more effort to complete; but by turning them into habits and routines, the cognitive burden of those tasks is reduced and the amount of effort is normalized. Eachday helps Ripley ingrain this repetition that turns behaviors into habit.

His morning routine walks him through important hygiene tasks and gamifies them through time. While brushing his teeth, Eachday provides Ripley with a timer to ensure he takes the right amount of time to brush properly. In the shower Ripley's mind starts to wander, but Eachday sets an alarm to remind him that if he stays too long shower, he’ll be late for work. Thanks to his daily usage, Eachday has timed how long it takes him to shower and aggregated the data to develop a personalized routine. 

Once Ripley marks his morning routine as complete, his Eachday home screen shows an updated overview of his day. He has a couple work meetings, his regular Tuesday family check-in with his dad and brothers, needs to finish renewing his driver’s license, and must also take the garbage to the curb so it can be picked up the next morning. Aside from that, Ripley has also set aside time to play video games until bed.

Putting his phone away, Ripley starts his morning tea and opens up his laptop to check work emails. Despite his love for it, he avoids orange juice because citric acid reduces the efficacy of his medication — another tip he learned from Eachday. After reading through his emails, he joins his first Zoom meeting. Throughout the work day, his medication keeps him focused, while Eachday keeps track of his daily to-do list. After a few more calls, Eachday reminds Ripley to eat a balanced lunch, although he’s not hungry — another side effect of his meds. He breaks for lunch and then finishes his workday afterwards.

After work, Ripley’s medication wears off, but he still needs to finish renewing his driver’s license and take out the trash. He tells himself that he’s gonna take a little bit of time to unwind and starts watching YouTube. Before he knows it, it’s already time for his family call, and he still hasn’t gotten anything done. During the call, he heats up some food in the microwave while catching up with his parents. The call soon ends, and Eachday reminds Ripley that he still needs to take out the trash, so he does just that. When he sits back down in front of the computer, the YouTube page is still up, and Ripley starts another video. However, he realizes that he won’t be able to play video games later if he doesn’t finish renewing his drivers license — something he's been putting off for a week now.

Ripley realizes that he’s having an “ADHD Moment,” a cognitive failure that leads to ADHD symptoms. In this case, he is struggling with task initiation, one of the eight executive functions that allows people to start and finish tasks. Ripley opens Eachday and taps on the procrastination category within the app’s content library. He scrolls through a couple stories to try and identify what might be causing this ADHD Moment and comes to the conclusion that it's his environment that is preventing him from beginning this task.

Following Eachday's guide, Ripley cleans his desk, turns on more lights, and changes the room temperature to prepare his environment to focus. Fifteen minutes later, Ripley finishes his drivers license renewal, allowing himself freetime for video games. With the right  ADHD knowledge, five minutes of preparation work has set him up for success, allowing him to accomplish something that has otherwise been postponed for the past week. He can now enjoy guilt-free relaxation for the rest of the night.

Nearly an hour later, Eachday alerts him that it’s time to wrap up because it’s almost bedtime. Ripley ignores the notification and plans on playing just a few minutes more, but he easily gets sucked back in. Fifteen minutes later, Eachday reminds him again. This time Ripley quits his game and uses Eachday to start his evening routine — a blend of personal to-do’s paired with Eachday’s prescriptive recommendations. Since it’s a work night,  Eachday prompts him to lay out his clothes and charge his laptop before grabbing a glass of water, brushing his teeth, and putting away his phone.

Today, Ripley accomplished everything he needed to. His ADHD doesn't go away, but he's able to better manage it using Eachday. Tomorrow is a new day with new challenges and tasks. Ripley doesn’t know yet if he’ll take his medication, and doesn’t know if he’ll complete all that he wants, but he does know that Eachday will help him organize and prioritize what needs to be done while accounting for the uniqueness of his ADHD. So long as he uses the app, Eachday will continue to assess Ripley’s executive function failures and adherence to habits to create a unique “ADHD profile” for him with prescriptive content that’s relevant to his unique flavor of ADHD.

“Ripley opens Eachday and taps on the procrastination category within the app’s content library. He scrolls through a couple stories to try and identify what might be causing this ADHD Moment and comes to the conclusion that it's his environment that is preventing him from beginning this task.”

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