5 Steps to Prioritize Your Work Day When You Have ADHD

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Yep, it’s difficult to prioritize your work day when it feels like everything on your plate is screaming at you and you’re drowning in things that absolutely have to get done. It takes focus, attention, and discipline. You may not get it right every time—but if you follow these 5 steps, you’ll keep getting closer to working on what’s most important for now.

1. Clear the decks

If you’re serious about wanting to get the important things done, you’ll need to take a few minutes to plan first. I know you’re overwhelmed, I know your head is swimming, but you’ve got responsibilities, right? So splash some cold water on your face, do some jumping jacks, run up and down the stairs a few times, and then sit down with a blank screen or sheet of paper. Do it now.

2. Make a list of your major projects

Don’t labor over this, do it quick. Which clients are screaming at you because your proposals are past due? Write them down. What projects were due yesterday? What do you absolutely have to get to the subcontractor by tomorrow? Set your timer for 60 seconds and write as many of the things that are overwhelming you as you can think of until the timer goes off.

3. Consolidate the list

Chances are, you wrote some things down twice, in different ways. Or two parts of the same job, so they can be put together. Group things together that may be overlapping or redundant. Does that make your list smaller? Often people find their overwhelming list of projects isn’t as big or as long as they imagined, once they get it on paper.

4. Transfer the individual project names to sticky notes or index cards and start arranging them

I know this sounds like extra work, but this is where the rubber hits the road. Don’t try to look at all of them at once!

After you have them all on individual notes, pick up two of your project notes, it doesn’t matter which two. Is one more important or pressing than the other? Ask yourself, is one of these clients madder at you than the other? Is one of the projects bigger, and worth more money to your company than the other, so if you lost that client, you’d lose more money? Still comparing just two of the notes, [Read more...]

Communication Ettiquette with Customers, Choosing Priorities from Several Projects, and Getting More Energy and Drive in Your Business

We are back! YAY! Our first Entrepreneurs with ADHD call after taking August off was yesterday, and it was good to be back!

If you missed it . . . not to worry, you can listen to the recording!

We had some great questions:

  • Brenda, a photographer, wanted to learn some communication etiquette when dealing with customers for her new business, as she was having problems with word retrieval and blurting
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