Got ADHD? – How to give yourself a break

If you’ve got ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and you’re anything like me, it takes you a few starts and stops before you get going full-speed on a project, task or other deliverables. Especially if you already have a full workload. Inevitably, that loss of time is going to back you up against the delivery date, the date that YOU committed to. It’s happened to me too many times. Stuff comes up. Priorities change, things shift. And the pressure is on.

It’s time to give yourself a break.

It doesn’t have to be that way all the time

Here are a few things that I’ve done to help avoid the pressure and helped me Win with my ADHD.

1. Build in additional time

Here’s the key. Always give yourself more time than you think you need. Make it a habit, It’s not hard to learn. I realize it’s in our nature to be “people pleasers” and to throw out a date or timeframe that we THINK will impress others or make us look like a good but stop, seriously. Here’s how – Before you commit to a delivery date or project task completion, STOP and think. Allow yourself some time to think (if just a minute).

2. What to think about

Consider your current workload. I remember the time I committed to a date for a deliverable, promising to get it done, only to get back to my desk and realize I would be out three days prior to the due date. Damn. Now what? It’s embarrassing. Don’t do it. Take a minute, check your brain and your calendar.

3. Ask questions

Get all the facts before you commit.

  • What’s the expectation? – When is it needed it by? Get that answer, then add some time. You’ll look smart and confident.
  • What’s my workload? – What else have I committed to?
  • What’s in my calendar? – Seriously, break out your device (its probably already out – right?) – Check it. You need to have all of your devices synced. Do not allow yourself to get into a bind.
  • Once you commit to the date, write it down. Yes, really. Write everything down.

Give yourself some space, and a minute to think. You’ll be glad you did.

Have you ever put yourself into a situation like this?