31 Day Challenge: Day 11

One of the more challenging aspects of ADHD is setting priorities or setting an order to things.


It’s hard for us to decide which thing is more important than the other. You would think it would be simple, but many times it isn’t.

We might find that we have a pressing matter to get to, but instead we concentrate on getting small things done. The reason for this is that we are, at heart, perfectionists. By clearing out all of the small stuff, in our minds we are giving ourselves a nice chunk of time with no other commitments so that we can concentrate on the big thing and do a perfect job.

Of course, that isn’t the way that it works.

We are poor managers of and estimators of time. We think something will take 10 minutes when in reality it may take twice that or more.

Also, we tend to not be prepared when we jump into a project so we find ourselves stopping to go get this or that, adding to the amount of time we need.

Here are a couple of ways that you might try in order to learn how to prioritize:

The A, B, C method:

Another way involves a grid of importance and urgency:

You can find many other ways to learn to prioritize your tasks, some of them extremely complicated. Try a few simple methods first to see if you can find one that works for you.

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