The biggest complaints I get from new clients is about their performance at work, problems with relationships as they fail to live up to their commitments with others, their tendency to procrastinate and wait until the last minute to get stuff done, and feeling that they don’t live up to their full potential because of these.
They think that these are different problems but they are really symptoms of the same problem: ADHD productivity issues. Learn to manage your productivity and these problems get solved.
Planning, organizing, engaging in, executing and following through on your commitments in your professional and personal life require you have a handle on your productivity. The problem is that ADHD adults struggle with exactly these issues because of their brain differences.
They try traditional time management systems like Franklyn Covey, Day Timer, Harvard that don’t work for an non-conventional brain. Often, the reason clients show up at my door is that they’ve tried these program and nothing worked. You have a Turbo Limited Edition brain so these programs’ don’t provide you with the right instruction manual for your brain.
You need a YOU Management program that recognizes your unique brain differences and allows you to work WITH your brain instead of against it. This means:
- matching your brain’s natural energy cycles with the tasks on your To-Do list;
- creating ways to conquer boredom by “automating” the boring stuff;
- overcoming your tendency to procrastinate by getting at the root of the problem;
- using your natural strengths and talents to improve your productivity;
- controlling obstacles to your productivity, like interruptions and losing things;
- using a method to better manage your life so that you commit to and execute those activities that are important to you; and
- choosing tools that allow you to maximize your time and avoid problems.
The most important thing to recognize is that trying to do things like everyone else does leads to disaster for ADHDers. You need to manage YOU by working WITH your brain not against it.