I hope you have had a good 2019 and that 2020 will be even better for you. It will as you learn new ADHD strategies and improve your coping.
One of the problems we ADHD folk struggle with is time. Did Christmas sneak on you again? Are your days a few hours short of the time you need? Are you trying to go without sleep so you can get more done? (Hint: That won’t work.)
The new year is a good time to look at what your typical day is like, an evaluation. Mine, for example:
bathroom, including extensive tooth brushing and taking of many pills — 1.25 hours
quiet/prayer time — .5 hours
walking dog, three times a day — 1 hour
eating — 2 hours
exercise — 1 hour
trying to find the thing I just had in my hand — .75 hour
getting my wife to help me find something — .5 hour
doing things I need to do — 1.5 hours
doing things that have no real point — 1.5 hours
trying to figure out which things I really really need to do — 1 hour
making lists and schedules — .25 hour
time with my wife — 3.5 hours
errands — 1.5 hours
writing books — 2.25 hours
paper work — 1.5 hours
trying to decide what to work on on guitar – .25 hours
practicing guitar — .5 hours
studying spanish — .5 hours
reading books, newpaper, magazines — 1.5 hours
facebook — .5 hours
sleeping — 8.5 hours
(non daily — church, fishing, writing blog, cleaning up desktop)
You may have noticed that this adds up to more than 24 hours. That’s part of the problem, isn’t it.
I may need to spend more time on organizing and planning the day. Where would I get that time?
Have a good new year.
Quote O the Day:
“ADHD: The energy to accomplish anything, the focus to accomplish nothing.”
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I know this kind of timetabling well! For several decades I’ve run an 80% system of well-being. By that I mean, along having a daily timetable and weekly one to make sure I’ve theoretically allowed time for all the things which are important (or important to me) I also work on the daily basis that if I get 80% of what I intended to do actually done then I can consider it a good day. More often than not, I hit that (it’s rare I get 100% or even 95!). Meanwhile, I have a list of ‘To Do’ on my computer which means that as tasks which aren’t getting done become more urgent then they go up the list. I try to make sure at least the very top on the list gets done each day. Sometimes there are crises and other issues which means an emergency plan has to kick in temporarily but for most of the time, the system works pretty well for me!
i like the 80% is a success. being kind to ourselves.
and target the top of the list – if i get that one thing done its a good day.
as always, appreciate your comments
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