How to Plan Your Time

Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 9.54.07 PMTime management studies say that the average person wastes fully one-third of their work day . . . one-third! Scary, huh?

And that’s for the average person. Think about what that statistic would be for the average ADHDer! And as business owners, we can’t afford to waste this much time.

That’s why it’s so important to plan up-front and be proactive about your time and productivity, and not let it get away from you. Once you drift off, those minutes go by really fast.

So what’s the best way to focus your time management and stop wasting so much time?

The most important thing highly effective people do

I’ve heard this one thing credited by management consultants as one of the most important actions successful and highly effective people take. (Not just successful ADHDers, successful people do this.)

It’s worked for me for over 30 years, so I like it a lot. And [Read more...]

Project Management Tool for Entrepreneurs with ADHD

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Being organized and in control of your projects helps you be productive and keep customers and clients happy. Want to know what the best project management tool is when you have ADHD?

You might be surprised when you hear what it is. In fact some people don’t believe it will help them because their business seems too complex for such a simple solution. However, those same people are raving about it after they have tried it!

Click here to see the what it is in the video I made for you.

Jacqui Sinfield is an ADHD Coach and author. You can find more from her at http://untappedbrilliance.com/blog/

Three Steps to Stop Doing Stupid Stuff when You Should be Working

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 3.25.07 PMOne of the biggest challenges you face as a business owner—especially when you have ADHD—is spending your time well. Time is a non-renewable resource: once you use it up, it’s gone.

This is a big problem, because how you spend that time definitely impacts the success of your business and how much money you make. It can also make you feel awful if you aren’t productive.

This isn’t news—you know this. Then how come you spend so much time getting off course and doing stupid stuff? I do it too, we all do. We start our weeks and days with good intentions and then somehow get off course . . .

. . . and things don’t get done.

Maybe you, like a lot of entrepreneurs, need a good way to wake yourself up and get back to what you should be doing—things that will help move your business along.

Here are three steps you can take to help you STOP when you get off track and start doing stupid stuff.

Take these steps to stop doing stupid things when you should be working

Step 1.

Put a big note where you’ll see it throughout the day. It can say, “Pay attention,” or “Why are you doing that?” or “Hey! Get back to work!” or whatever you think will wake you up and get you out of that bright-shiny-object daze whenever you start to drift. For years I had a “Pay attention!” sticky note on my monitor, until it got to be part of my environment and I didn’t see it anymore—that’s when it’s [Read more...]

How Simple Systems Can Supercharge Your Business when You Have ADHD

Abstract business flow chart diagramAs a business owner with ADHD, you probably don’t like systems. You think systems may stifle your creativity. Or you think they’re too difficult to set up. Or you’ll never follow them. But I urge you to give systems a second look—if you want your business to be successful.

With structure comes freedom

If you know me at all or have worked with me, you know that one of my favorite sayings is “with structure comes freedom.” Many of the people I talk to want it the other way around. They want the freedom to work on things without the structure. They want to work “when they feel creative,” because they didn’t start their business to become a slave to time or schedules. You may feel this way too. I guess that’s okay if your business isn’t serious and you don’t want to make money.

The purpose of a business is to make a profit

I’m going to be hard on you here for a minute. The definition of a business is “the purchase and sale of goods and services in an attempt to make a profit,” so obviously money is a big part of it. And you can’t make money if you don’t have reliable systems with which to do so. Really, you can be creative just to be creative in your free time. During business time, you have to set up structures to be productive.

Systems give focus, comfort, and confidence

You may say it’s boring to work by a system, and as an ADHDer, you don’t work well with boredom. That’s true about the boredom part. But my experience with ADHDers is that without systems, ADHDers lose focus. Without systems, you miss a wonderful [Read more...]

How to Get More Done in Your Business

Screen shot 2013-09-03 at 5.08.54 PM**Jacqui is on holiday this week, so we’re re-running an older article we think you’ll enjoy. Use this strategy and let us know how it works for you!

Do you feel you never get to do the important things in your business? That you are waiting for the day (that never comes) when you will have some spare time to get those important things done? You aren’t alone, we hear this from many of our ADHD entrepreneur clients.

Because the day when you will get a chunk of free time is so elusive, this  productivity tip from Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog, is very powerful.

Mark Twain said, if you eat a frog for breakfast, the rest of the day will  be easy, as you have already done the worst thing!

The image of the frog makes it more powerful

Many productivity books suggest doing the task you least want to, first. However, having the image of a frog makes it much more powerful. ADHDers are very visual, so it’s a fun strategy to think what your ‘frog’ is each morning.

Sometimes, your frog task will be scary.

Sometimes, it will be [Read more...]

Five Ways to Follow Through and Get Things Finished

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When we did our ADHD and business survey in November, over 70% of you ranked “follow through” as what you wanted help with the most. Getting better at following through is not an easy, overnight fix—it’s very individual, it takes knowing yourself and your ADHD, and it takes commitment.

Here are five tips that will help you to follow through:

#1. First, understand the elements of your business that can only be done by you. Take these on as your responsibility, and, if at all possible, delegate the rest.

You’ve got a lot on your plate, and you’re getting new ideas all the time. Too many times, you get hung up on the boring things—no wonder you can’t get them finished! Your brain isn’t wired to do the admin stuff of your business or to chase down details, so if you can (and it’s probably more possible than you think it is), get someone else to do these things so you can focus on your genius work.

#2. Notice what lights a fire under you and gets you to finish things, and find a way to purposefully work those things into your project for planned accountability.

Some things really work to clear your head and get you to focus and wrap up projects, and others just don’t. So, what gets you moving?

• Impending important deadlines

• Set-in-stone client meetings

• Getting paid—as in, you get paid as soon as it’s finished

• A deadline for something public, like speaking

• Presentations and reports

• Going on vacation—getting everything off of your desk before you go

• Being reminded by someone else, to keep you on track

Etc.

Once you know what it is that lights a fire under you, find ways to make it happen in your schedule. For example, when I have [Read more...]

Focus Your Time Management

timeblockingJuly2013EditedI saw a statistic recently that the average person wastes fully one-third of their work day . . . one-third! And that’s before you take into consideration that the remaining two-thirds can’t be entirely billable or income producing. Once you do get focused on work, a good portion of that remaining time you don’t waste will be allocated to administrative tasks and marketing your business, things that don’t directly bring in revenue.

Scary, huh?

And that’s for the average person. Think about what that statistic would be for the average ADHDer! We’re business owners — we can’t afford to waste this much time.

That’s why it’s so important to plan up-front and be proactive about your time and productivity, and not let it get away from you. Once you drift off into Time-Wasting-Land, those minutes go by really fast.

So what’s the best way to focus your time management and stop wasting so much time?

Just do this one thing

I’ve heard this one thing credited by highly effective people and management consultants as one of the most important actions successful people take. (Not just successful ADHDers, successful people do this.)

It’s worked for me for over 30 years, so I like it a lot. And I stumbled upon it myself, before I even knew other people did it.

This is it: Schedule every part of each day ahead of time

It’s easy to do. The hard part — like so many things for ADHDers — is actually doing it.

Take these steps to make it happen:

1. Save 15 to 20 minutes at the end of every day just for this

Once this becomes a habit for you, you’ll look forward to it. It’s a wonderful time to clear your head and calm your anxiety about what’s coming up next. Making time to schedule the next day is an extremely satisfying way to pull everything back down to earth and end the day.

2. Decide what you’ll do for just the next day

During this end-of-day time, make a list of just the tasks and meetings for the next day. If you’re not going to do it tomorrow, it doesn’t go on this list.

3. Block these things on your calendar

After you know what these tasks, meetings, and obligations are, go one step [Read more...]

How to Be Productive in Your Business

Screen shot 2013-09-03 at 5.08.54 PMDo you feel you never get to do the important things in your business? That you are waiting for the day (that never comes) when you will have some spare time to get those important things done? You aren’t alone, we hear this from many of our ADHD entrepreneur clients.

Because the day when you will get a chunk of free time is so elusive, this  productivity tip from Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog, is very powerful.

Mark Twain said, if you eat a frog for breakfast, the rest of the day will  be easy, as you have already done the worst thing!

The image of the frog makes it more powerful

Many productivity books suggest doing the task you least want to, first. However, having the image of a frog makes it much more powerful. ADHDers are very visual, so it’s a fun strategy to think what your ‘frog’ is each morning.

Sometimes, your frog task will be scary.

Sometimes, it will be something you [Read more...]

Take Control of the Squirrel: How to Master the Mental Game of (ADHD) Business

 

Did you see the movie“Up!” where Dug the dog keeps getting distracted . . . by squirrels?

That’s the story of our lives. 

Join us as we walk you step-by-step through the exact solutions we teach our clients and use ourselves to feel accomplished and productive in our businesses every day.

We are excited to announce our first comprehensive virtual training series, 

“Take Control of the Squirrel: How to Master the Mental Game of (ADHD) Business So You Can Get Things Done, Make More Money, and Feel Good About Your Business.” 

 

This 4-part training series begins February 11. Click here to find out more (and don’t forget to check out the awesome bonuses!)

Bonus #1: Running a business with ADHD is lonely. Our first bonus is a Private Facebook group for interacting, networking, supporting, and getting your questions answered.

Bonus #2: Register now and you’ll get a complimentary ticket to our live 3-day retreat in May!

Our wish is that you’ll have buckets full of confidence and success . . . and take control of that squirrel!

“Look! Squirrel! How to Stop, Find Direction, and Get Things Done”

It can be so frustrating. You’ve worked so hard to get your business to the point it’s at now. You’ve invested time, money, blood, sweat, and tears. Your business idea is sound, your experience is solid, and there is no doubt in your mind that the work you do gets results and helps people a great deal.

Yet often, without warning, you’re spinning out of control.

You’re overwhelmed. Or stuck, anxious, unable to focus or really do anything productive. Or you just feel like you’re in nowhere land.

You procrastinate because you don’t know how or where to start, or what to fix. You know you need to find a way to stop this crazy cycle and focus on your work.

We talked about how you can do just that in our no-cost training class,

“Look! Squirrel! How to Stop, Find Direction, and Get Things Done”Training Class

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