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A guide to achieving your 2024 goals with ADHD-adapted tips

For achieving your 2024 goals with ADHD, focus on being realistic by embracing gradual progress, breaking down larger goals into manageable tasks. Prioritize a small number of meaningful goals to channel energy effectively, addressing critical aspects that enhance productivity.
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A guide to achieving your 2024 goals with ADHD-adapted tips

23/12/2023
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As we head towards a new year, there’s always a sense of enthusiasm for opportunities that lie ahead for ADHD in 2024.

It’s a fresh start, the perfect time to put plans into place and set goals for the year. But how many times have you written a list of resolutions, only to have abandoned them by spring – if you are lucky?

We want to help you this year. Setting and achieving new year goals comes with challenges, even more so if you have ADHD.

But you can succeed. With our tips and strategies, we are here to help you set realistic goals and pave the way for a successful year ahead. We uncover the common pitfalls anyone with ADHD faces when setting goals. Learn how our expert tips can help you break the cycle for a more successful year.

Be realistic

It’s crucial to set realistic expectations. Embrace your way of thinking and acknowledge your limits. Instead of aiming for perfection, focus on progress and growth. Break down larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks to make them more achievable.

Instead of aiming to become an expert in a new skill overnight, acknowledge that it is a learning curve. Set a realistic goal to dedicate a certain amount of time each week to learning and practising.

Break down the larger goal of mastering the skill into smaller tasks. Examples could be; completing online tutorials, practising regularly, or seeking feedback from your peers.

If your goal is to become healthier, realise that achieving a healthy lifestyle is a gradual process. Set achievable fitness goals that match your current fitness level and schedule.

When traditional gym workouts don’t appeal to you, explore alternative activities like walking, dancing, or cycling.

Instead of aiming for a perfect diet, focus on making small changes. Break down nutritional goals into manageable steps, such as increasing vegetables on each meal.

Prioritise your goals for ADHD in 2024

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One of the keys to achieving any goal is to avoid overwhelming yourself with too many goals at once.

Prioritise your objectives and start with a small number of meaningful goals. This will help you channel your energy more effectively and increase your chances of success.

Identify the most critical aspects of your work that, if improved, would improve your productivity. For instance, this could be meeting deadlines, reducing distractions, or improving task prioritisation.

Instead of trying to tackle everything at once, start with two or three specific goals. For example:

Goal 1: Improve deadline management by using a task management tool such as Evernote. It allows you to capture ideas and create to-do lists. Or Todist which enables you to create to-do lists, set reminders, and collaborate with others.

Goal 2: Minimise distractions by implementing a focused work schedule.

Goal 3: Enhance task prioritisation by breaking down larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps.

Make your goals visual

Visual aids can be powerful tools for anyone with ADHD. Consider creating a mind map – find out how to do this HERE

Or a vision board to represent your goals visually. Trello is a project management app that uses visual boards to help you organise tasks, set deadlines, and track progress.

This not only makes your aspirations more tangible but also serves as a daily reminder of what you’re working towards.

Ideas to include on a vision board could be:

Progress career: images of a successful professional with quotes about leadership.

Improve work/life balance: pictures of serene environments with quotes about balance and well-being.

Fitness: images of active lifestyles with quotes promoting health and vitality.

Personal development: visuals representing learning, growth, and quotes on personal development.

Place the vision board in a prominent location, such as by the desk or on the bedroom wall, to serve as a daily reminder.

Set SMART Goals

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When setting goals, follow the SMART methodology. This stands for – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.

Being clear and specific about what you want to achieve helps your brain process the information more effectively.

Specific: Instead of saying “improve my time management”, prioritise tasks by categorising them based on urgency and importance, using a digital task management tool.

Measurable: Rather than “complete tasks on time.” Aim towards completing 90% of your tasks within an assigned deadline over the next month.

Achievable: Instead of “never get distracted at work.” Minimise distractions by implementing a focused work schedule using productivity techniques. Aim for a 30% reduction in daily distractions.

Relevant: Your goal could be to “learn a new language during work hours.” Make this more relevant by dedicating 30 minutes per day to professional development tasks, such as industry-specific reading or online courses.

Time-Bound: Rather than “improve work productivity.” Try achieving a 20% improvement in overall work productivity within the next two months.

Be consistent

Creating a routine can be a game-changer for ADHD. Consistency helps build habits, making it easier to stick to your goals. Start with small, daily rituals that meet your objectives, gradually incorporating them into your routine.

For example, if your goal is to plan and prepare meals ahead of time. Dedicate a specific time each week to plan meals and create a shopping list. Prep ingredients or meals in advance to reduce daily decision-making.

Or if you want to establish a calming routine before bed. Set a consistent bedtime for improved sleep. Create a calming pre-sleep routine, such as reading a book or practising relaxation exercises.

Celebrate the little wins

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Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator for anyone with ADHD. Recognising your progress boosts confidence and encourages continued effort.

Keep a journal or use a digital app to document daily achievements. Consider incorporating a small reward system, such as a break, a favourite snack, or a brief enjoyable activity.

Keep on top of your wins with a journal, digital record, or an app. At the end of each week, review your achievements.

Share your wins

Don’t hesitate to share your goals with a friend, family member, or support group. Having a support system not only provides accountability but also offers encouragement during challenging times.

Identify a friend or family member who has a positive and encouraging attitude, someone you feel comfortable sharing your wins with, and schedule regular meetings, either in person or virtually, to discuss your progress.

Use these check-ins to share achievements, discuss challenges, and receive encouragement. Having an accountability partner can help you to keep on top of your goals.

Be flexible

Life is unpredictable, and plans may need adjustments. Embrace flexibility and be kind to yourself if you need to modify your goals. What matters most is your commitment to progress.

Remember, the key is to be patient with yourself, celebrate small victories, and recognise that progress, no matter how incremental, is a sign of growth.

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