Find Time and Focus Working With Adult ADD-5 More Time Tips

Finding time to address the challenges presented by Adult ADD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a timely topic for the tens of thousands of people who are affected by it.  This includes people who actually have the diagnosis … and their friends and family members, too.  It is a challenge that ripples outward.  And many of us can relate to aspects of ADD … we just don’t experience it to the same degree of intensity.

In yesterday’s post I shared 3 tips that provide a helpful context for developing time management skills.  They can usefully apply to anyone – and are even more important for folks with Adult ADD.

Today I’d like to look a 5 time tips that are a bit more specific.  As you read them, reflect on your own situation and adapt them as needed.

  1. Pay attention to your space and minimize the distractions there.  For example, if you need to work on a project on the computer, turn off your e-mail and your internet access while you are working.  You know better than anyone what is likely to draw your attention … so do what you can up front to cut down on potential distractions.
  2. Chunk your tasks.  Work in brief time increments and be specific about what is to be done in each chunk of time.  Start small … maybe try 5-minute chunks.  I would suggest stopping at 15-20 minutes, tops.  You will be asking yourself to maintain your focus for that period, so start with an increment that you know you can succeed with, and build from there.
  3. Incorporate the use of a timer into your routine.  This relieves you of needing to pay attention to the time.  Rely on the timer for direction!
  4. Give yourself plenty of breaks.  These can be rewards for the effort to focus.  Be sure to time your breaks, too, so you know when to stop.  You might want to explore the Pomodoro Technique – a productivity tool in which work and break times are alternated.  Establishing a predictable rhythm of work times and break times can be a very effective stress reducer.  Not only that, but knowing that you can rely on yourself to take care of YOU builds lots of self trust.
  5. Keep a running list to capture the interesting ideas and questions that come your way.    These can be written by hand, stored on your computer, or you might try carrying a digital voice recorder.  Whatever venue you choose, the goal is to make it easier for you to let go of your interesting idea and return to your task.  Knowing that you have a record … and that you can come back to it … will really help you maintain your focus in the moment.

As I noted earlier, these tips are useful for everyone, but they are especially important if you are challenged to find time and focus while dealing with Adult ADD.  I hope that you will try these tips yourself – or share them with a friend or family member who might find them helpful.

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