Time management is a challenge and tasks are coming at you faster than you can handle. When you find your most productive time, you can get more done in the limited time that you have. Listen below for my top 3 tips that will help you determine your most productive time of the day.
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Learn more about ADHD to better manage ADHD.
This seems to come naturally for parents of children with ADHD, but it is equally important for adults who have (or suspect they have) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. When you learn more about ADHD, , you can best evaluate how to manage it. You will also be able to learn best practices that others use. Below I have compiled some of my recommendations.
Some general tips
- Check your sources. Be sure they are based in sound research principles.
- Beware of extremes, especially when sources are talking about “cures”. I recently saw an article that claimed to share the “cure” to ADHD and it really concerned me. I do not like to see people being misled. There is not a “cure” for ADHD, but there are many different options to managing ADHD. Remember, if something sounds to good to be true, it probably is!
- Stay current. Research regarding ADHD is ongoing so we can learn new information over time.
Recommendations for Educating Yourself about ADHD
Below, you will find a few options for educating yourself about ADHD. Please check them out and add your suggestions in our Comments section.
What are your favorite ways to learn about ADHD?
How often do you find yourself asking this question? It can be difficult to determine where your time goes, but if you can figure out the answers to that question, you will make big strides in your time management. For example,
- If you know that you are spending 3 hours on Facebook, you can save some time by shortening the time!
- When you see that you are super productive between 10am and noon, you can schedule your most challenging times during that time.
Below are a few ideas that you can use to figure out where your time goes.
Use a Weekly Planning Snapshot to keep track of your time in one-hour increments over the next week. At the beginning of each hour, write (or type) how you spent your last hour. Make it short; write for 30 seconds or less. At the end of each day, look at how you spent your time. Where did you spend your time? What were your productive times?
Estimate Your Time
When you are planning your day, estimate the amount of time each task will take you to complete. Add up the time you estimate. Does the total equal more than the amount of time you have to work today? If it does, you need to take some things off the list.
At the end of the day, compare your estimates to the amount of time your tasks actually took you to complete. How close were you? How can you adjust your estimates to be more accurate?
Yes, this sounds too simple to be helpful, but it can work. Spend the next week consciously noticing where you are spending your time. Tell your inner critic to be quiet and let you just pay attention to time. At the end of each day write down or record what you noticed during the day. Noticing where your time goes will give you new insight into time wasters and time savers that work for you.
Which one of these strategies will you try this week?