You know you need to use a planner. You also hate using it and find yourself forgetting to use it.
Does this ring true for you?
Planners can be hard to use. It can even be hard to remember to use them. Before giving up on using planners altogether, answer the questions below to help you figure out if you are using the right planner for your ADHD.
- Does your planner fit with your job responsibilities?
- Does your planner fit with your personal commitments?
- Does your planner provide enough room for you to keep track of your appointments and “to-do” list?
- Is your planner portable? Do you carry it with you wherever you go?
- Do you know where to find your planner? (right now)
If you answered “NO” to any of these questions, consider how much better it would be if you used a planner that works for you and your ADHD. You would be able to…
- Keep track of your goals and responsibilities.
- Remember where you need to be and when you need to be there.
- Meet deadlines and reduce your stress levels.
Planner Recommendations for ADHD?
Many people ask me to recommend a planner that works with ADHD. I do wish there was a one-size-fits all solution. It would be so easy wouldn’t it? I’m sorry to say that there isn’t one solution. The good news is that I do have a guide that can help you choose the right planner for you. If you use it when you go shopping, you have a better chance of purchasing something that will work for you. If you have a planner that works for you, you have a better chance of using it!
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I often write about planning your day, capturing to do lists and identifying which planner will work best for you. In fact, that has been the theme here at My Attention Coach this month!
But there is a problem…
If you don’t actually remember to use your planner, it will do no good. It will provide no value whatsoever! Today I want to provide some tips for remembering to use your planner.
Keep your planner in the same place every single day. It might be the uncluttered corner of your desk at the office and the table in your hallway at home. Especially if your planner is small and/or you keep everything on your phone, make sure that you use a consistent pocket of your briefcase, purse or backpack.
Set an appointment for yourself every day to remind you to look at your planner. Even better if you open it up and review it! You could either set the appointment for the same time or change the times to keep things more engaging for you.
Creative? Draw a picture that represents your planner and post it both at home and at work.
Not so creative? Find a picture online, print it and post it, again both at home and at work.
Identify some type of symbol that will act as a reminder to use your planner. For example, you could tie a red ribbon around your favorite pen, buy a special picture for your office, or purchase a small plant. When you do something like this, set the intention by saying aloud, “whenever I see the __________, I will remember to use my planner.” Repeat this positive statement at least 5 times initially. Then say it once whenever you think of it.
Are your tasks completionable?
Completionable? It is a new word! If a task is “completionable”, it means that you can reasonably expect to complete your task in a reasonable amount of time.
My experience is that to do lists often contain tasks that cannot be completed in a reasonable amount of time. This results in to do lists that cannot be completed. Sounds frustrating doesn’t it?
On a recent episode of my radio show, Practical ADHD Strategies, I explained…
- What it means for a task to be “completionable.”
- How to know if your tasks are “completionable.”
- How you can make your tasks more “completionable” and your to do list more effective.
Listen in below.
Let me know below if you have any questions!