7 Tips to Avoid the Productivity-Killing “While I am At It” Habit

Have you ever set out to complete a task and instead of actually finishing the task, gotten sidetracked by things that you did “while you were at it?”

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This “while I am at it” phenomenon happens all the time to entrepreneurs with ADHD. You have a lot of responsibilities and an abundance of attention. You also struggle to immediately recognize the significance of different tasks–they all seem equally important. So, everywhere you look something needs to be done, and as a person with ADHD, you want to do it right now.

Unfortunately, this habit of doing things “while I am at it” fragments your best efforts so you don’t get traction toward what you originally set out to do. Even if you do get several things done, your most important tasks still do not get done.

Everything we know from productivity suggests that doing even a very few “most important tasks” can far outweigh doing a million inconsequential tasks. (I talk more about that in my course Cut Through the Noise.)


To get your best results in a distracting world, you want to stay focused on what matters most and be sure to get those precious few things done. But how?

Here are seven things you can do to help your brain focus and achieve what matters most.

  1. Know where you are going. The first thing you want to do is begin with a vision of the ultimate result you want to see. (Key word: WANT.) The ADHD brain is more highly motivated by goals that are internally derived–not externally “forced.” So, find out what compels you and craft a clear picture of where you want to go. Beginning with the end you desire in mind will add a lot of clarity to your week and help you prioritize.
  2. Clarify your most important priorities. Before you go into a day, week, month, or a year, clarify what three things you most want to accomplish during that time frame. One of the significant aspects of the ADHD mind is that many tasks seem equally compelling. Don’t get sidetracked from an important task simply because you have not clarified that it is a priority. Take some think-time to identify which high results actions will get you quickly to the vision of what you want most.
  3. Write it down. Research shows that simply writing your goals can boost chances within the general population of completing tasks up to 42%. For people with ADHD, it is especially important to externalize your goals–making them concrete and visible. With your Think Time Planner, you can record your most important tasks on your Rosebush Tool and break them down into actionable steps with your To Do Concept Cloud.
  4. Know your why. When you get clear on your motivation for completing a task, you are more likely to recognize and overcome the obstacles that get in your way. Help your brain process and fall in love with your inner motivation for completing your priorities by drawing a picture of your “why” in the “Motivation” column of your Prioritized To Do List in your Think Time Planner.
  5. Address the obstacles. Did you know that positive thinking alone can actually decrease your chances of achieving your goals? That’s right! Recent research out of NYU on goal achievement shows that you must also address the obstacles within yourself and create a clear plan around them. So, don’t just reach for the stars. Create a plan to overcome your real life obstacles. With your Think Time Planner, you can address the obstacles with your Rosebush Tool, your Concept Clouds, and your Routine Worksheet.
  6. Time slot and highlight your tasks. Decide when you will do these things. Estimate the time these priority tasks will take. Add more time because people with ADHD often underestimate how long things will take. Then, whether it takes three minutes or three hours, schedule time on your Calendar Tool in your Think Time Planner. To help your brain process that these are critical tasks requiring action, color them red or bright orange.
  7. Celebrate your success by checking it off! In the busyness of life it is easy to work really hard and simply keep going to the next thing. However, when you just keep moving forward, your brain misses out on the opportunity to recognize that you have completed the task you set out to do that is connected to your larger goal. Engage your brain’s reward system by checking the task off your list, coloring in a box, or enjoying a bite of dark chocolate. Taking time to celebrate your achievement of important tasks can boost your focus and energy for the next step.

Opportunities to achieve your dreams and goals abound in your day to day life, yet it is easy to get pulled off track by lesser things. Don’t let distractions steal what matters most. Apply these seven ADHD productivity hacks with your Think Time Planner so you can avoid the “While I am At It” Trap and achieve what matters most—even in a distracting world.

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Here’s How to be PRESENT for the Holidays

I’ll be honest with you.  I don’t like it when the stores decorate for Christmas “too early.”  

My family and I just walked into a popular gift shop and restaurant last weekend, and were disappointed to see it was already decorated for Christmas…in October! 

Even though I was happy not to see Halloween decorations, I wasn’t ready for Christmas quite yet!

That is why I hesitate to talk about today’s topic…because I think of the Season as sacred…and part of that is keeping it between late November and the first of January.  

I don’t wanna see it—“even in my peripheral!” (Brian Regan quote.)

But I am compelled to talk to you about the holidays today, and here’s why:

The most important thing about the holidays is not buying presents–it is BEING PRESENT. Yet, in the busyness of the season, it can be so hard to do.

Years ago, I did not know this, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things you can do before the Season to help you to be more fully present during the Season.  

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I learned these secrets years ago from my special guest on The Think Time Show today Marcia Ramsland, and they have changed my life. 

As a Professional Organizing Coach, mother, and grandmother, I can assure you Marcia has hacked the holidays. Even just one of her 7 tips can dramatically change every holiday season for the rest of your life. 

So, you can be present and FEEL the magic of the holidays. 

So your loved ones can feel more love from you. 

So you can energetic, rested and rejuvenated. 

And, as always…

So, you can get your best results without driving yourself into the ground.

Join us today at noon or get the replay of today’s Think Time Show so you can learn Marcia’s 7 Planning Tips to Help you Have a Smooth Holiday Season. 

Register here: http://ow.ly/Bg4C50BXYCa

Sincerely,

Christine

p.s. Don’t let the distractions of life get in the way of your dreams and goals. Buy a Think Time Planner or start my course today!

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3 Ways to Give Attention to Your Dreams & Goals

How often do you take time to create clarity around your dreams and goals? 

Each week offers opportunities for being intentional, yet it can be easy to just dive into the next week and miss life-changing opportunities.

The Think Time Planners & Courses help you remember to create attention for your dreams and goals each week as you Dream, Decide, Do, & Review. 

Here are three ways you can give your dreams and goals the attention they deserve:

  1. Set aside uninterrupted think-time. Ask yourself what you really want. Every week in the Dream Phase of your think-time, allow yourself to dream big–as if there were no obstacles. This helps you to identify what you really want.
  2. Draw what you see. To boost your attention toward these dreams, draw an image of what you have in mind. It can be as simple as a dollar sign or a stick figure; however, don’t underestimate the power of this step for your visual ADHD mind. When you develop so much clarity around your goals that you can feel them, research shows that your subconscious mind gets to work to make your dreams a reality.
  3. Say yes to only a few things. To bring your dream to reality, you will need to take one more step and guard it! There are less important activities–and even some good ones–that threaten to steal your time and attention from your most important goals. Get clarity in the Decide Phase on what steps will help you make it happen in the best way possible. You can get more done by doing less. You just need to decide which steps these are.

Enjoy consistent progress toward your goals and develop a confidence in your abilities as you take time to give attention to your intentions each week. 

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Don’t let distractions steal what you want most.

Achieving your dreams and goals starts with giving them the attention they deserve.

In my signature course Cut Through the Noise, I walk you step by step how to ensure that you can give your best attention to your intentions so you can bring your dreams to reality.

There has never been a better time to invest in yourself.  How you achieve your dreams and goals impacts EVERYTHING YOU DO.  It is the gift that keeps on giving…and could even change your family tree.

Don’t let the distractions of life get in the way of your dreams and goals.

Buy a planner or start my course today!

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