Bonnie’s time management blog, JJ’s constructive strategies and use of goals and small steps, and of course, Jonathon’s book review are all worth sharing with you.
I like to multitask by staggering the tasks into smaller increments so that I’m getting something accomplished with all of them, yet I never do any of them long enough to lose focus. For example, I work from home on my computer so I can also do housework during the day. I will work for ten minutes, fold 20 items of laundry, clean ten dishes, and then start over. Once I finish the laundry or dishes I find two other projects to work on and keep staggering them with my work. I end up being far more productive in the long run.
Yes. I’ve read a number of good ADHD books that were self published (including yours). I think it’s our impatience. When we’re done with something we want it out NOW!
Your book is unique among self help books in that it doesn’t over promise and has a very direct style. You call a spade a spade, and when there’s not a great solution, you say so. My favorite moment in your book is this:
“We do need breaks if we’re studying or working on any long project, but we also need a way to limit the breaks, so they don’t become traps. I’m not good at this, and I don’t have any great strategies for it.”
Puryear MD, Douglas A. (2011-12-12). Your Life Can Be Better: using strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD (p. 73). Mill City Press. Kindle Edition.
It says to me you’re struggling through it too and you’re not going to mince words and pretend you have the answer for everything. (But that’s in addition to all the great strategies you include—I love index cards and “The Rule of Five.”
Time Management Solutions: virtual conference coming – by bonnie
Plan your tasks around the non-task factors – In other words, plan your activities based on when your mind will be most equipped to handle them. If you are a “morning person” and your medication is working best at 9:30 a.m., then take advantage of your heightened focus ability at that time. If you know you are at your most creative starting mid-afternoon, then schedule your writing for that time and get your more routine work done earlier in the day.
Maintain a “parking lot” to park non-relevant directions or ideas – If you’re in the middle of working on something and you suddenly have an idea, your boss gives you a directive on something else, or you come across a web link you want to explore – don’t go off and do it now! Instead, “park” that new thought in one place where you know you’ll find it later. This parking lot can be a notebook, a running document, or online cloud platform where you go regularly to find these inputs later.
- Just make sure you develop a regular ritual to look at your parking lot at least once a day. (Set reminders to do so until the ritual becomes a habit.)
Be strategic about how you take breaks – This is a whole topic in itself, so I’ll save it for the next post!
Bonnie’s conference clik
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