By stockimages, published on 27 March 2013
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How To Get Things Done In An ADHD World
Do you wake up in the morning with a to-do list as long as a book and wonder why you are fighting to get things done? Everyone needs you to do something now, the deadline you needed to meet was yesterday, and no one ever wants to wait for anything. It is easy to get overwhelmed and off track.
You know that you can’t do it all, so stop trying. Learn how to get the most important things done so you can have some peace of mind. Here are some suggestions to help you reel your schedule and your life back in so you can get the important things done.
1. You have to know your priorities, and stick to them. With 1,001 things vying for your attention YOU have to know what’s important. What are your goals for this year with your family, finances, career, and personal? Make sure you have goals for the most important area of your life and make sure you keep them close by so you can check your activities against them. If it doesn’t line up with the list it’s not a top priority, so it has to wait until you have time.
2. Have A System. Goals are just the beginning, but if you don’t have a system in place to help you support your goals you are more likely to find yourself getting off track. Use a Priority list that connects your goals to your daily activities. For instance, to reach your goal by the end of the year decide what you will need to do every month, every week and every day to make that goal a reality and then do it.
3. Know Your Weaknesses. Superman knew kryptonite made him weak, so he stayed away from it. You have to know where your weaknesses are so you can stay focused and on track. For instance, normally it’s not a good practice to shop for food when you are hungry, or to go to the mall when you are angry or upset because you often end up buying more than you intended. When you know your weaknesses you can plan around them, you can even remove yourself if that is what it takes to get the job done.
4. Identify and Stay Away From Time Thieves. If Facebook, Pinterst, Candy Crush, or talking to your friends on the phone leaves you wondering where all your time went, you may need to stop cold turkey. If you don’t want to get that extreme, at least track your time, You want to be consciously aware of how much time you are actually spending, so you can determine if it’s really worth it. Remember, time is valuable, and once it is gone, it’s gone. Get in the habit of asking yourself if your actions and activities are opening doors or closing them, both now and later. You may need to put a time limit on your activities, or make them rewards for accomplishing your daily goals.
5. Add Some Balance, and make sure you keep it. All work and no play is not the goal either if you spend all your time working on things that need to get done, you are missing out on precious moments that you won’t get back again. Make your motto, I work hard so I can play hard and make sure you do both!