Staying On Task — ADD Tip o the Day 370

michelle, for ADD or ADHD:

you are right about focusing on strengths.  you just need strategies to cope with your not so strongs where they actually cause a problem.

ideas for strategies to stay on task:

break tasks into small steps, focus on one at a time.

give yourself a reward every time you complete one.

schedule a small amount to get done each day, a weeks calendar is good for this.  often you can get more done than you scheduled, but if not, you done good.

figure your attention span, for most people it is about 45 minutes.  yours may be less.  schedule your tasks/steps with this in mind.  then take a break.  you need strategies for breaks so you can get back to work, be careful what you do on the break  exercise is good.

label distractions – “oh, that is a distraction”   — out loud

ocd is very helpful, up to a point.

routine is very very helpful.

and others.  you need to find what works for you

focusing on this specific problem, staying on task, is a a great start.  you may be able to break it down into smaller specific.  focusing on a task when ——.

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this was in response to a post from michelle – thanks.

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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2 Responses to Staying On Task — ADD Tip o the Day 370

  1. thanks patty.
    i find routine very helpful. one thing it does is reduce the need for choices and decisions.
    as always, thank you for commenting.


  2. Great tips – especially about having routine. I don’t have much of that right now and it’s driving me nuts!


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