Sarah Shore, MS

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You know those days when it feels like you're just...spinning your wheels?

Have you had enough of those days? Do you just want to use your time efficiently so you can close up the laptop and move on… to family, friends, a workout, dinner, a walk in the park, Netflix, whatever?


This is a quick tips list. A lot of these strategies are easier said than done. That’s true of most things when you’re living with ADHD. In some cases, it’s hard to remember to do them. In other cases, itsemotionally uncomfortable.


But keep these ideas in your awareness so that when it’s possible for you to use one of these strategies, you’ll be more likely to do so.


Becoming a warrior-woman of zen-like focus and uber-productivity does not happen overnight, and it especially doesn’t happen in the chaotic world

 of bells, whistles, dings, pings, and electronic chimes that we live in today.

But we can feel more focused. We can get more done.We strive for progress, not perfection. 


When you’re ready, you might consider how community, structure, and accountability will help you reach your goals for getting more done. Join our Facebook group or check out Focus Forward.


Remember! We seek to get more done so that we can experience greater ease and joy in our lives without worry or guilt.  


Here are your tips…


Put boundaries around your time (beforehand).Announce time limits that you’ve set. Announce them to yourself and to others. I need to leave at 6pm. I have 10 minutes. We have to wrap up in a half hour. Set a timer and abide by your predetermined time frame. This may not translate to getting more done but it should greatly help your focus. You’ve put a start and stop time around your task or endeavor. Psychologically this makes a difference. Even if you don’t stick to it 100%.


Get up. (Or sit down). If you’re sitting at your computer or desk and you’re lost in paperwork and decisions about what to do next. If you keep checking your email (see #4) and or re-writing your to-do list, get up. Take a quick jog around the office or the kitchen. Ask yourself a prompting question: what should I be doing right now? What needs to get done first? Giving yourself the space to move around and actually stand up can jolt you out of your haze and jump start the part of your brain that helps you focus and prioritize.


Likewise, if you are pacing around and going from room to room or meeting to meeting, whatever it may be, and you find yourself unable to get started or make progress, take a step back and sit down. Sit down somewhere, perhaps even outside if possible. Ask yourself: What am I doing? What do I need to be doing right now? As is often the case, we usually know the answer. Go with your first guess!


Get off the email train. Don’t we just love to check our email between tasks, or before starting something, or as a reward after finishing something or at a point in a task when it starts to feel hard?  Sure! Everyone does. But you’re gonna get off that train.  Turn off notifications and only check morning, lunch, and late afternoon. Everyone will survive.

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