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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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.
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,
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?
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?
I recently had an opportunity to interview Dr. Thomas E. Brown about his new book, A New Understanding of ADHD in Children & Adults: Executive Function Impairments (Routledge, 2013). In this book, Dr. Brown proposes a new model of ADHD. This model uses research data to explain that ADHD impairments are actually due to problems in the development of the brain’s executive functions.
The interview took place on my radio show, Practical ADHD Strategies. You can listen in the player below.
The book has already received some great reviews…
“This book presents a highly useful and current summation of the major findings concerning ADHD and the role of executive functioning in it. Clinicians, students, and laypeople will find here much valuable informationon the disorder, its assessment and diagnosis, and its management.” ~Russell A. Barkley, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina
“A very intriguing read. Dr. Brown skillfully examines the diverse nature of executive functions, ADHD, and their overlap.” ~Timothy E. Wilens, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Director of Substance Abuse Services, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Brown is Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. In addition to his forthcoming book, he is the prize-winning Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults (Yale Press). He edited ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults (American Psychiatric Press) and is author of the Brown ADD Scales (Pearson). He has presented symposia and workshops throughout the US and in 40 other countries. More information about Dr. Brown is available at his website: www.DrThomasEBrown.com.
If you’re looking for answers, understanding and solutions to overcome the challenges of your ADHD…this may be the best opportunity you’ve ever had!
The 14th International ADULT ADHD Conference is coming to Detroit, Michigan
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If you’re an adult with ADHD (or you live with one) the Adult ADHD Conference is just for you! It’s the only live, in-person conference created exclusively for adults with ADHD.
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This life-changing conference can be the difference between you… continuing to be frustrated…maybe even feeling helpless… from your unsuccessful attempts to overcome the challenges of your ADHD…
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There are viable solutions to dealing effectively with the challenges of your adult ADHD. And the support and solutions are yours for the taking at the 14th International Adult ADHD Conference.