Procrastinating? Write about it!
As many of you know, I work full time in addition to my work as an ADHD Coach. Recently I was procrastinating on a project and was really stuck. I didn’t know where to start or how to get myself moving. I took the first step by talking it over with my coach Courtney Welch who helped me come up with a new strategy. I’m happy to tell you that it works! I started each work day writing about this project for 10 – 15 minutes. The only rule was that I couldn’t turn on my computer before writing. There was no structure to the writing; I just wrote about every aspect of the project, drew some pictures and made some charts. After about four days of writing, I had a breakthrough and I was actually able to start the project. Happily, I’m nearly done and think the end result is going to be excellent. Want to try this strategy to break through your procrastination? Use these questions as thought-starters: What is the aim of the project? What is the big picture? What are a few unanswered questions about the project? Let me know how it goes!
Free Templates for Business Owners
I’m excited to let you know about an amazing TEMPLATE giveaway event – Templates-A-Palooza – happening throughout the month of July! There are a ton of free templates from industry experts on business management and online marketing that are just waiting to be snapped up!
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Many of my clients own their own businesses and I’m always looking for resources to help them save time. When you’ve got a template to follow, setting up your online business management and marketing systems becomes a cinch!
Just some of the templates you’ll find over at Templates-A-Palooza:
- Teleclass Planner
- Marketing Message Templates
- Customized Weekly Schedule Template
- Create Your Signature Talk Step-by-Step
- Choosing Your Planner template guide
The Templates-A-Palooza event happens only once a year, so head on over now to grab yours before they disappear.
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In the current Adult ADD Time Management Intensive, participants recently asked me about taking breaks. I thought it might be helpful to share some tips here. Key items that commonly arise when talking about breaks are…
- Why take breaks?
- What types of breaks help, instead of hinder, productivity.
- How to refocus after a break.
It can sometimes feel like you need to work non-stop to be productive. This is especially true when you have procrastinated on a certain project or significant task. In reality, breaks can help recharge you when you are getting tired and refocus you when you are losing focus for the task at hand. When planning your day, I recommend making time for breaks.
Some breaks are counterproductive and keep you from your task at hand. I do not recommend breaks that involve TV, video games, Facebook, Twitter or reading a book. Anything that can absorb your focus and keep you away from your work is not helpful in the long run.
Breaks that are helpful involve giving your mind a break, moving your body and getting some nourishment. Ideas include…
- Take a brisk walk
- Get a glass of water
- Do some jumping jacks
- Go through a few yoga poses
- Stand up, stretch and take 10 deep breaths
- Run in place
Set a timer when you start your break as a reminder that you need to get back to work. Also before your break, write or type a reminder note so you know where to start when the break is over. When you sit down to work again, take a couple of deep breaths and get ready to work again. You’ll be refreshed and ready to go!
Take a minute and share your favorite ways to take breaks in the comments below. Have any questions? Let me know!
I recently had the opportunity to interview Eric Tivers about some of his favorite apps to manage productivity with ADHD. He started with an excellent point that when thinking about productivity and project management, the basics need to be in place first before we focus too much on the wide variety of apps that are available.
Once the basics are in place, three apps that he recommends are:
- Priority Matrix
- Calendars 5
- Simple Minds
Listen to this episode of Practical ADHD strategies below:
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In addition to these apps, I highly recommend using the banking app from your bank. You can save time by depositing checks, transferring money and checking balances.
What are your favorite apps for managing productivity? Share them below.
I recently shared some great strategies to help adults with ADHD overcome procrastination. Listen below and let me know if you have any questions.
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