ADHD & Productivity: 10 Tips to Get More Done
Most adults experience productivity challenges, such as time management, organization and concentration, from time to time. But when you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), its wide variety of challenging symptoms like forgetfulness, distractibility and restlessness can present some serious obstacles in everyday life.
As an adult with ADHD, I know firsthand how irritating and debilitating these symptoms can be. Luckily, there are different tactics and techniques available to help those of us with ADHD lead productive, successful lives.
Here are 10 strategies I use to boost productivity and suggest for others looking to effectively manage their ADHD symptoms:
1. Invest in a heavy-duty planner
Find a planner with a set up you actually like, which will ensure you actually utilize it. Also, make sure it has spaces large enough for writing all of your tasks and lists.
2. Set alarms to stay on track
To avoid spending too much time on one task, set an alarm to go off when it is time to move on to another project.
3. Start each day with 20 minutes of organization
Set aside 20 minutes every morning (when possible) to organize your desk or personal space before you begin your day.
4. Take handwritten notes
Instead of typing or recording notes in meetings, take handwritten notes to better absorb the information you need to remember.
5. Keep important items within reach
To cut down on distractions, keep items you use often within reach on your desk or workspace.
6. Take several small breaks
Instead of one long lunch break, it may be helpful to take several shorter breaks throughout the day or in between projects.
7. Post deadlines in view
Use sticky notes or a calendar to post important dates and deadlines in a spot you can’t miss.
8. Daily goals and objectives
Decide what you want/need to accomplish every day and set goals to help you do so.
9. Update your to-do list
Make sure you remember to cross items off your to-do list as you complete them. Check your list several times throughout the day to make sure you are staying on task.
10. Know when to say “no”
Don’t commit to something if you can’t follow through. Know your limits and when to ask for help.
Productivity is an ongoing struggle for everyone, especially those of us struggling with ADHD. Finding what works best for you through the right mix of methods and techniques can make all the difference in finding success and overcoming your symptoms.