Wait a minute, did an ADHD Coach just admit that To Do lists are scary? Why, yes I did just go there. There are many reasons why people with ADHD may want to avoid making a to do list. I don’t need to bore you with those reasons… you already know them. What I want to do today is to share 4 keys for creating effective to lists with the goal of making it a less scary process.
In order to have an effective to do list, you need to take that first step of creating the list. Depending on your style and preferences, there are many different ways to create the to do list. If you struggle with creating your to do list, try one of these unique ways to capture your to dos.
After capturing your list, identify items you can delete from the list. If you are afraid of forgetting something, start with just deleting one thing from your list. Think about the time you will save!
Understanding your priorities is a big part of effective to do lists that I’ll be discussing over at ADDclasses.com on February 12, 2013. When prioritizing, you may be tempted to prioritize the entire list before getting started. If you can do this, go for it. If you are stuck at this point, go through your list and identify 3 – 4 top priorities. Is it due today or tomorrow? It’s a priority. Is it big and coming due soon? Taking a step on this item is a priority.
Getting stuck on where and when to start working with your to do list is common with ADHD. There are so many priorities where you can focus, it gets difficult to take step on on that first item. I want to give you permission to just start something. Worried that you are working on the wrong thing? Try to move past that and start working. You might discover that something else would have been a better place to start. In the meantime, if you are making progress working on another priority, it isn’t wrong at all. You can still make productive progress to accomplishing things on your to do list.
What do you think, can these keys work for you?
Your to do list is long, everything is important and it can be downright overwhelming. Join me over at ADDClasses.com as I teach strategies to help you tame your to-do list with effective prioritizing. First, I’ll teach you how to capture your to dos. Then I’ll be teaching prioritizing strategies that you can use in both your personal and professional lives.
Listen over the telephone or internet!
Register before the class begins and you will be able to listen to a free replay until 2/19/2013.
I talk about routines a lot with clients. Very often, they can work well. Other times, I hear reluctance and doubt…
I contend that the benefits of having some routines in your life will outweigh the doubts and challenges noted above.
Working memory challenges often accompany ADHD. This means that it can be hard to remember what you want to do next when doing something like getting to bed at a good time. A routine can help you remember the order in which you want to complete all of the steps involved. Using a routine can help you develop good habits, remember those steps and get them done more efficiently over time.
Everyday tasks are BORING. I get it and won’t argue. Unfortunately, the reason we call them everyday tasks is that they must be done… every day. Or at least most days. Put boring with the tendency to become distracted, and you can see why it is difficult to get those everyday tasks done in a reasonable amount of time. When you get distracted and sidetracked on doing different things, you spend more time than you want. By giving your mind a routine or checklist to focus its attention, you can help reduce that natural tendency to be distracted.
Routines and checklists can have an impact on your daily life from getting ready in the morning to paying your bills. Examples of routines include:
So, in answer to my question above, NO, routines are not too boring for someone with ADHD!
Join me for this live class at The Community House (Birmingham, Michigan) February 5, 2013 from 7-8:30pm. The focus is on developing strategies for overcoming the procrastination that very often comes with ADHD.
Procrastination impacts the productivity of adults and children with ADHD. Join me for an interactive session where you will learn to improve productivity in your everyday life by implementing strategies for overcoming procrastination. Each participant will develop a realistic action plan to begin overcoming their challenges immediately.
Class will be held at The Community House located at 380 South Bates Street, Birmingham, MI 48009. Their phone number is 248.644.5832.
Register at The Community House website: http://bit.ly/ProcrastinationADHD
Routines and checklists can help you easily manage your days, but it is easy to get overwhelmed trying to do too much at one time. ADHD can make it difficult to efficiently finish (and even start) everyday tasks. During this webinar, I will be sharing strategies, tricks and techniques that have been helpful for my clients when trying to make their routines more manageable.
During this webinar, you will learn…