For the "attention deficit" in all of us...
Whether you truly have "ADD" (attention deficit disorder) or just have a case of "life in the fast lane," many of these tips may be helpful to you!
First, do any of these characteristics sound familiar?
- A short attention span, especially for mundane day-to-day activities.
- Enthusiastic beginnings with interest dwindling before completion; poor follow through.
- Tendency toward impulsive behavior. Tend to make decisions before carefully thinking through the consequences.
- Make repeated careless mistakes on the job.
- Might change jobs frequently.
- May have trouble managing money. Tend to overspend and disregard a budget.
- Communication skills are limited. Have difficulty listening, tend to interrupt conversations, and speak without considering the possible reaction of others.
- May have difficulty controlling temper.
- Tend to have a low frustration tolerance.
- Generally disorganized; frequently running late; rushed and unprepared.
- Tendency to over commit themselves.
- Problems with time management; have difficulty estimating how long a task might take.
- Have difficulty prioritizing.
- Keep a daily "to do" list (carry it with you).
- Keep a planning calendar.
- Put notepads wherever you do your best thinking and jot down your ideas.
- Try a cassette recorder for remembering ideas if that works better than notepads.
- Put schedules, "to do" lists, and appointments where you can see them at home and in the office.
- Learn and practice time management skills.
- Break down large projects into smaller, more manageable ones.
- Set up a reward system. When you attain a goal you have set, reward yourself. Don't overlook the small accomplishments—they add up to big ones.
Other strategies that might be helpful:
- Maintain or develop a sense of humor (a sense of humor goes a long way, laughter is an excellent "medicine"!).
- Eliminate negative self-talk (believe it or not, our thoughts and self-talk "create" our reality).
- Get regular exercise (even the simplest form, a short walk in the fresh air works wonders).
- Find healthy ways to be involved in highly stimulating activities (this can reduce the urge to spontaneously create negative excitement if things get too boring).
- Learn and practice effective communication skills.
- Seek out individuals who will provide feedback on your efforts to implement these strategies. These individuals need to be supportive, encouraging, and have a sense of humor.
Any other thoughts? Feel free to share them here!