Are you in charge of your life, or is Attention Deficit Disorder running it?
Do you make plans, or come up with projects that never get completed? Or if they do, it’s either late or not your best effort? Are there things in your life you’d like to do that you just never get around to?
It’s easy to blame Attention Deficit Disorder when that happens, and actually it’s a pretty valid excuse.
You don’t have to make excuses, though. You can change things around with some effort and perseverance.
Setting goals and following through on them isn’t something that people with ADHD are good at doing. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though.
If you start with a clear idea of what you’re aiming for, and then break it down into small, easily accomplished steps, then you’re halfway there. The next key is to implement the steps on a regular basis.
Needless to say, your first goals ought to be somewhat small.
For those of us with ADHD, the first problem occurs when we attempt to break our goal down into smaller steps – first do this, then do that. That’s sort of a linear activity and our brains aren’t wired that way.
You might find it easier to start with a mind map and add steps as you think of them. In a mind map, there’s no linear order, so it’s much easier for our brains to work with it.
You might also want to work with someone for the first time or two to get you used to this new process. It could be a coach, but it could just as easily be a friend or loved one.
Remember not to get discouraged if you forget a step – that will happen at first. Also remember to make the steps small and doable in a day – not all day – just a couple of hours at most.
If you work at it, you can begin to follow through and really accomplish the things you want. That puts you in charge, not your ADHD.