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...]

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...]

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...]

You Will Never Get Everything Done

You know that combination frantic, frustrated, and disappointed feeling you get when you realize that, once again, you didn’t work on any of your big objectives in your work day?

It happens to all of us. And allowing yourself to even have that feeling is part of the problem, in itself.

According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, “the idea that we can get it all done is the biggest myth in time management.”

The article goes on to say, “Once we admit that we aren’t going to get it all done, we’re in a much better position to make explicit choices about what we are going to do. Instead of letting things haphazardly fall through the cracks, we can intentionally push the unimportant things aside and focus our energy on the things that matter most (emphasis mine).”

We think we can do the little things first

See, when you think you’ll be able to get it all done, you do the little things first, to get them out of the way. Pretty soon you’ve run out of time and haven’t done a thing to further your big objectives — right?

So here’s an exercise to try: give yourself a ridiculous time limit, and [Read more...]