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Step-by-Step Plan for Succeeding in Life with ADHD

Spring brings brighter days, warmer weather, and a renewed sense of hope. It's not just the perfect season for tidying up our home, but also for refreshing our minds. Today, we're unveiling a dedicated plan for anyone navigating life with ADHD.
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Step-by-Step Plan for Succeeding in Life with ADHD

28/03/2024
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Spring brings brighter days, warmer weather, and a renewed sense of hope. It’s not just the perfect season for tidying up our home, but also for refreshing our minds. Today, we’re unveiling a dedicated plan for anyone navigating life with ADHD. 

This plan isn’t about cleaning up physical clutter; it’s about decluttering our lives. Let’s transform chaos into order and procrastination into productivity. We’ve got this!

Set Clear Goals

Begin by setting clear, achievable goals for the spring season. What do you want to achieve? Break down larger goals into smaller steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Write them down and keep them visible as a reminder of what you’re working towards.

Action Points: Set aside 15 minutes each day to plan your schedule for the next day, including prioritising tasks and setting time limits for each activity. 

If your goal is to do more exercise, choose three days a week to complete some form of physical activity. Whether this is a brisk walk, yoga session, or gym workout. Mark these days on your calendar as non-negotiable exercise time. 

If you want to improve your focus, dedicate five minutes each morning to mindfulness to start your day with a clear mind. Use noise-cancelling headphones or a designated quiet space to minimise distractions during work or study sessions.

Prioritise Tasks

With ADHD, it’s easy to get distracted by minor tasks and lose sight of what’s most important. Prioritise your tasks based on urgency and importance. Use techniques like the Eisenhower Matrix to identify what is urgent and important, and focus on tackling those first. The Eisenhower Matrix, also known as the Urgent-Important Matrix, is a time management tool to prioritise tasks based on their urgency and importance. Allowing you to focus your efforts on what is important. 

Action Points: Use an app to prioritise your tasks for the week ahead. Find a suitable app HERE

Another effective technique is the “Two-Minute Rule.” This rule suggests that if you can complete a task in two minutes or less, do it immediately rather than adding it to a to-do list. This approach helps prevent small tasks from accumulating and becoming overwhelming.

Time Management Techniques

Experiment with different time management techniques to find what works best for you. Techniques like time blocking and setting timers can help you stay focused and productive.

Action Points: Try “Chunking” which involves breaking down tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks of time. Rather than attempting to work on a task for an extended period, allocate specific time intervals (e.g., 15-30 minutes) to focus on that task. After each chunk of time, take a short break to recharge before tackling the next chunk. 

You could also try a visual timetable of scheduled activities or tasks, such as a calendar or planner. Use colour coding, symbols, or pictures to represent different tasks or activities, making it easier to understand and follow the schedule. Visual timetables can be especially helpful for children with ADHD, as they provide structure and predictability in their daily routines.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness techniques can help calm a busy mind and improve focus. Practise mindfulness exercises such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to reduce stress and enhance concentration. 

Action Points: Find a quiet and comfortable space, sit or lie down in a relaxed position, and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths to centre yourself, then focus your attention on your breath. Allow any thoughts or distractions to pass without judgement, returning your focus to the present moment. Start with 5-10 minutes each morning and gradually increase the duration as you become more comfortable. 

You can also practise mindfulness when out and about. Step away from your desk or workspace and take a short stroll outside or around your home. As you walk, pay attention to the sensations of each step—the feeling of your feet touching the ground, the movement of your body, and the sights and sounds around you. Notice any thoughts or emotions that arise without getting caught up in them, returning your focus to the present moment. These brief breaks can help refresh your mind, reduce stress, and improve focus and concentration.

Delegate Tasks

Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks when necessary. Whether it’s at work, home, or school, asking for help can lighten your workload and free up time for more important activities. 

Action Points: If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your workload at the office, consider delegating tasks to colleagues or team members. Identify suitable tasks, such as admin work, research projects, or data entry. Approach your supervisor or team members and discuss how you can redistribute tasks to better balance the workload. 

Household chores can be challenging for anyone with ADHD, especially when balancing work, family, and other responsibilities. Delegate household tasks to family members or housemates to lighten your load. Assign specific tasks to each person based on their strengths and preferences, and establish a schedule for completing them. Consider using chore charts or task lists to track progress and hold everyone accountable.

Reward Yourself

Reward yourself for completing tasks or reaching milestones to stay motivated and positive. Choose rewards that are meaningful to you, whether it’s a break, a treat, or some leisure time. 

Action Points: If you finish part of a project or complete a household job, take a short break to enjoy a favourite snack, listen to music, or go for a walk. These rewards can reinforce positive behaviour and motivate you to continue making progress. 

At the end of each week, take some time to reflect on your accomplishments. List the tasks you’ve completed, goals you’ve achieved, or challenges you’ve overcome throughout the week. Acknowledge your efforts and give yourself credit for the progress you’ve made. To reward yourself, plan an activity or treat for the weekend as a way to unwind and recharge. Choose something you love, whether it’s a movie night, a day trip, or a relaxing spa day.

Ask for Help

Lastly, don’t hesitate to seek support from friends, family, or professionals. Surround yourself with people who understand and support you, and reach out for help. Support groups, therapy, and coaching can provide valuable guidance and encouragement. 

Action Points: Find local or online support groups tailored for ADHD. These groups provide a safe and understanding environment where you can connect with others who share similar experiences and challenges. Find out about support groups HERE 

Don’t hesitate to contact mental health professionals such as therapists, counsellors, or ADHD coaches for personalised support and guidance. A trained professional can offer strategies, techniques, and coping skills to help you navigate the challenges of ADHD. Additionally, experts can assist with addressing any co-occurring mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression, which are common among people with ADHD. 

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