ADD/ADHD

Strength-Based To-Do Lists

Do you ever wonder why you aren’t getting stuff done? If you do, please read on and see if you identify with this… My to-do lists are more like delusional wish lists. Lately there has been an added element to that, too: My delusional wish lists are ruining my morale. I write down tasks and then immediately feel the desire to flee far, far away. This impulse quite understandably curbs progress. This time, however, I have a plan, and it’s based on my strengths. For me to even begin this plan, I had to spend time recognizing my strengths and weaknesses. Once I did that, I saw why certain tasks were remaining on my list for an embarrassing amount of time. I’ve illustrated this exercise below. (more…)

By Debra Payne, ago
ADD/ADHD

Reflections on a Particularly Distracted Day

Today was a whirlwind of inefficiency.  It’s 5 p.m. and I’m exhausted. There is paperwork everywhere. I must do an autopsy on today’s productivity.  Here are the issues I see and, so I don’t get depressed listing out my problems without possible solutions, I've add those, too... Problem: I didn’t start out with a focus for my day. When I simply wake up with the goal of doing all the things all at once, I fail. Not only do I fail, but it’s a sort of across-the-board failure that leaves me wanting to hide under my desk. I start and stop many different projects. I get into what I call my “little spinny place” and I whirl around in circles until I’m exhausted. I pay attention to urgent tasks and forget all sense of purpose to my day. It’s really an awful place to be. (more…)

By Debra Payne, ago
ADD/ADHD

A Few Thoughts on Creating Better Focus and More Productive Plans

Do you make to-do lists and then find that nothing from the lists get done?

Feels awful, doesn’t it? Part of the reason is that the old tools for time-management may be going the way of the horse and buggy. The workplace, when compared to what it was even 20 years ago, is almost unrecognizable. Change occurs at a constant and rapid pace, and with this change is the necessity for us to continually adapt. Day Planning has become more abstract, and a traditional approach to time management has the possibility of putting us all on the brink of despair. Email alone can be a time-sucking vortex. Daily to-do lists are effective to a point, but unfortunately, life just isn’t that simple. To quote David Allen, author of the New York Times Bestseller titled Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity,..
“There are few people…who can maintain some predetermined list of to-dos that the first telephone call or instant message or interruption from their boss or spouse won’t totally undo” (Allen, p. 9).
If you ever struggle with staying focused and productive, read the following thoughts. You may find a few helpful tips that will help you on your way. (more…)

By Debra Payne, ago