Dr. Edward Hallowell is a world renown expert in the ADHD brain, and he loves working with entrepreneurs. After decades of working with entrepreneurs with ADHD, he notes there is one mistake that entrepreneurs with ADHD make that keep them from being successful.
The ADHD mind is so powerful and has tons of energy. The difficulty, he notes, is in directing the energy.
Dr. Hallowell says it is like having a Ferrarri engine with bicycle brakes. You have so much power–as much as an engine in a Ferrarri, but the design of your brain is not geared to slow yourself down so you can control the energy in the most effective path.
Your mind is like a Ferrari engine with bicycle brakes.
Dr. Ned Hallowell
As a psychiatrist and expert in ADHD, Dr. Hallowell refers to himself as a “brakes specialist.”
As an entrepreneur with ADHD, you have an important task in front of you every day, and you need your creative and powerful mind to accomplish it. However, the brakes of your mind are insufficient to control the power.
This may translate to you being on too many social media platforms, diving in without a business plan or strategy or being off to the next thing while accounts still need to be paid.
Dr. Hallowell says that the one things entrepreneurs with ADHD must do to succeed is to direct their energy.
Direct your energy.
Dr. Edward Hallowell
To have success in your business, be sure you have a strategy to direct your energy.
This is what I mean when I say “don’t just dive in…take time to think-time, and get more time to focus on what matters most.”
When you take time to think-time with your Think Time Planner, you intentionally direct your energy. That is, you choose to use your best energy–not in a million directions–but toward what is most important.
Getting the most important things done is what drives results.
So, to skyrocket your results as an entrepreneur with ADHD, take time to think-time with your Think Time Planner. Just one hour a week can dramatically transform the other 168 hours.
Because Think Time Planner is designed with your brain in mind, it helps you have an outlet for your creative energy while getting the clarity you need to succeed.
Don’t let your powerful mind control you.
Instead direct your energy by using your Think Time Planner this week so you can find time for what is most important and get your best results.
You already know this, but like all good truths, it is often good to be reminded.
A lot is going on.
Some is good.
Some is bad.
Some is in your control.
And some is not.
With a lot of our world shifting under your feet and over your head, I want to dig deep and share with you from some wise writings of one who has gone before us.
Viktor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist and psychotherapist who endured and survived the horrific Nazi concentration camps. He observed many people suffer and endure much.
He made many, many observations that are worth pursuing, but today, I will share one from his seminal work, Man’s Search for Meaning: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Your attitude, your choices, and your way. These are 100% yours all of the time. This is why I include the Serenity Circle tool in my Think Time Planner. There is much wisdom to be gained by gaining perspective on what is in your control and what is not within your control.
In these days when much is shifting and much is out of your control, remember the one area that you have 100% control over is your thinking and your choices.
Don’t let anyone or anything steal your freedom to THINK or your freedom to CHOOSE.
Think Time Planner helps you get the clarity you need to succeed so you can choose your attitude, your choices, and your way during these uncertain days.
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When I was launching my business, I did not know what I am about to share with you today. I wish I did because it would have helped me find soooo much more time…AND I would have been able to be more present with my family during that time!
Most entrepreneurs with ADHD feel like they need to be available or respond immediately to get their best results. There is a sort of “NOW or NEVER” feeling that is ever present.
When a notification pings, you jump to answer so you can be helpful and available. If you are aware something needs to be done, you try to “knock it out” right now. But, somehow your efforts splinter and you don’t make the traction you want.
While everyone loves to hear immediately back from you,
reacting to just one notification
responding right away to that one e-mail
or neglecting to create uninterrupted time blocks for deep work…
may be stealing quite a lot from your results.
You may be thinking, “It’s just a minute. Not a big deal, right?”
The latest research shows that just one interruption can cause up to 23 minutes of lost productivity. You hear me right.
That 5 second glance at Instagram.
23 minutes of lost productivity.
That one e-mail.
23 minutes of lost productivity.
Responding to a quick unscheduled “got a minute?”
23 minutes of productivity.
And this is not just my opinion. This is what the data shows. And this is a LOT of unrealized time. So, if you are looking for more time, try to use the power of focus through uninterrupted time to get the traction you need.
To improve your productivity, use this neuro-time-hack to boost your productivity with your Think Time Planner. Set aside blocks of time as you think-time and do your deep work. Turn your cell phone off. Shut the door. Let everyone know when you will return (& honor your commitment).
Here are a few practical ways I set aside uninterrupted time:
I use a Time Timer. The visual impact of the red color diminishing communicates more quickly and clearly to my ADHD mind. All of a sudden, I can “see” what 10 minutes is. If you haven’t tried this yet, you’ve gotta. The science behind this simple tweak is similar to the strategies you use in your Think Time Planner to communicate more effectively to your ADHD brain. It’s a game changer! Get a Time Timer if you don’t have one yet!
I use noise canceling headphones. Because the ADHD mind is more open to distractions (through the senses), I find reducing the input into just one sense (hearing) can really help me focus. I pair it with music to fit the activity, or if the activity is physical, I listen to an online course or a podcast. (Important Note: If you are caring for children, do not use this technique. Being aware of the nuances of the sounds around you is key to keeping the kids safe.)
Set aside time to be interrupted. Time block “responsive time” to “walk the floor” and respond to needs. Set aside time to be with your family or your team proactively. You will both build into your relationships as well as prevent a lot of crises this way.
As a homeschooling mompreneur, I try to start my kids’ mornings with a lot of personal attention, ideas, and inspiration, so when it is time to play their minds have a lot of “fodder” with which to imagine and create. I start with a huge block of interruptible time, so when I need to focus without interruption for a small amount of time, I am more likely to have success.
When you create your plan with your Think Time Planner, set aside blocks of time to do your deep work. Turn off your phone. Shut the door. Let everyone know when you will return (& honor your commitment).
Don’t let interruptions steal your focus and results anymore.
Say “no” to interruptions, and “yes” to your dreams and goals so you can…find more time to focus on what matters most.
Here’s what I have learned from you. When you think of two obstacles that get in the way of bringing your dreams to life, you need…
#1 more time
#2 improved focus.
These two needs are critical for your goals and are actually very, very intwined.
Let me explain.
Have you ever had a million things to do and the deadline was upon you? Do you remember that you “got it all done?” It may have seemed like a miracle, but things just “worked out.”
Dr. Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, suggests that intensity can be traded for time.
“Intensity can be traded for time.”
-Dr. Cal Newport
That is, if you are more intense, you can accomplish more in less time. On the other hand, if you are low on energy or highly distracted and unfocused, you lose a LOT of time.
Dr. Newport’s formula could be described in mathematical terms as time = intensity
time = intensity
To get more time, up your intensity–just like you would when the pressure is on and the deadline is fast approaching.
To help you get traction with Dr. Newport’s idea, I want you to break it down another step.
What is intensity?
Intensity increases when you have increased energy and increased focus in a singular direction.
To explain this mathematically, I defining intensity as “energy x focus.”
So, time = energy x focus
This is key to overcoming overwhelm!
The next time you feel overwhelmed that you have so much to do and so little time, don’t get discouraged and wish for a day in the future in which you will have more time. Instead, get strategic.
Ask yourself how you can boost your energy & your focus toward your goal for which you wish you had time?
Don’t get discouraged. Get strategic!
-Christine Wilson, LPC
With this formula, you can create practical strategies to find more time in your life for your dreams & goals.
Let’s start with one strategy to boosting your energy: self-care.
If you are like many people, often, when you want to accomplish a big goal, self care is the first thing to go on the back burner. However, this unfortunately works against you–causing you to lose valuable time–just when you need it the most. The energy you gain from good sleep, exercise, and nutrition propels you toward your goals and allows you to accomplish your goals faster because you have more energy available.
When was the last time you were hoping for more time and decided you needed to go to bed earlier, build more exercise into your routine, or make wise eating decisions? Well, good job if you did. It is one of the most strategic ways to boost both your focus and your energy–which gives you more time.
Think about how many goals can remain on hold when you “don’t have the energy.” Don’t let this happen to you! Use this idea of taking time to boost your energy to your advantage so you can achieve your goals.
Next, let’s talk about a strategy to boost your focus.
Often, when people feel like they have a lot to do, they get a quick idea of generally where they want to go and just dive in. They think, “There is no time to lose. I need to start right now!” Well, this impulse is exactly the wrong way to boost your results.
Here’s why: When you dive into a project without clarity, you can waste your best energy on low-results activities that leave you empty for what matters most.
When you dive into a project without clarity, you can waste your best energy on activities that don’t move the needle–leaving no energy left for what matters most.
On the other hand, when you take time at the beginning to develop a crystal clear clarity around your goal…so clear you can feel it…research shows you are less vulnerable to distractions and your brain looks for ways to help you achieve your goal.
Being distracted SLOWS YOU DOWN. So, diving right in causes you to lose time in the long run. Stepping aside to develop a compelling clarity around your goal helps you get the best results by focusing your best efforts on high results-yielding activities.
It’s all over the research. When you paint such a clear picture of what you want that you can taste and see it, your focus is boosted and distractions simply do not hold as much sway. You GAIN time through focus.
This is why energy Think Time Planners and Courses help you improve your energy and boost your focus so you can find the time you need to succeed.
You may be thinking that you don’t need to be strategic like this. You just need to try harder. Let’s talk about that. Unfortunately, trying harder will not help you achieve your goals. Here’s why.
There is a problem.
Research shows that 90% of the thoughts you have today are the same thoughts you had yesterday. This means that if you like the results you are getting, then, yes, do more of the same.
However, if you need to overcome an obstacle, change a pattern, or solve a problem, you need to think differently. How do you think different thoughts? You need a guide to help you think about your thinking. When you do this, Psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud says, “When you think about your thinking… Voila! New neural pathways begin to form!”
And, when new neural pathways begin to form, new ways of being and doing are born. New paths can be explored and experienced. Your changed behaviors and new solutions are on their way!
This is the big “why” behind taking time to think-time. Improved thinking leads to improved results.
In my next post, I will be sharing another important strategy to include in your goal achievement toolbox. I will share a tip that can help you avoid losing up to 23 minutes every time this happens. It is so critical to your success and will help you maintain the boosted energy and focus you need to succeed. So, keep your eye on your inbox for this!
Do you have a dream or a goal that you want to pursue this year?
Maybe you want to find time for art after work. Maybe you are looking for a new place to call home after life as you have known it has been uprooted this year. Maybe you want to try homeschooling your kids.
You feel that if you could achieve this, you would feel more positivity and a sense of accomplishment. You might be busy, but you would be doing what you love.
But, to bring these dreams to life, you have some obstacles to overcome.
You don’t have time.
You work so hard, yet have a million to-dos left at the end of your busy days. How could you even think of adding more on top of it?
You don’t have money.
You know to boost your productivity, you will probably have to invest in specialized ADHD coaching–which can cost thousands of dollars. You just don’t have that this year. (And…you already said you don’t have time!)
You are sooo tired.
After work, you are sooo tired. How could you even imagine finding time and energy for something else?
Please hear me.
These obstacles are real.
They can slow you down…
And they can get you down…
So much so that at times you may even be tempted to stop.
But, don’t let that happen to you!
These are not meant to be roadblocks.
They are meant to be obstacles.
And, like all obstacles, they are meant to be overcome, and I can help.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, an entrepreneur with lifelong symptoms of ADHD, and now a homeschooling mother of six, I get it.
As a creative entrepreneur, I know what it is like to have more ideas than hours in a day.
As one who has lived at a variety of income levels, I know what it is to have seasons in which there is too much month at the end of the money.
As I move through seasons of being pregnant and having newborns, toddlers, and sensory kids, I know what it is like to struggle to have enough energy for my day.
However…even with these obstacles…I have found a way to live on purpose and achieve my goals–even in a distracting world, and I am excited to share this with you.
For over five years, I have helped amazing people just like you* overcome overwhelm and get the time, focus, and energy you need to succeed.
Think Time Planner is the FIRST Creative Productivity Planner designed to harness the power of your creative mind to boost your productivity so you can get your best results. By using both right brain thinking and left brain thinking, you boost your ability to discover and define your desires, to focus amidst distraction, and to create a strategic plan to bring your dreams to life.
With Think Time Planner, you can boost your focus, motivation, and energy toward your dreams and goals so you can get results.
Y’all, it’s a GAME CHANGER.
I will tell you more later, but for today, I want to emphasize the importance of not waiting until a time in the future when you “have more time” or “have it all together.”
In my next e-mail, I will share a simple formula that is included in the Think Time Planner that can help you find more time (even if you have NO time) so you can achieve your dreams and goals–even in a distracting (and demanding) world.
So, keep your eye out for my next e-mail.
Until then, know that I am…
Cheering you on!
p.s. Between now and then, would you take a moment to comment and share this blog post? Thanks a lot!
*I am obliged to note that, of course, I don’t know your exact situation and abilities. Results will vary. My goal is to help YOU get your BEST results…whatever those are!
What a lot of people call “manifestation,” I call it “visual thinking”–visualizing your goals so clearly you can FEEL them.
There are great neurological reasons why this practice works.
I discovered the power of visualizing and drawing my completed goals over 5 years ago–conducting an educated experiment I was pretty sure would work…
And, it did.
Better than I could have imagined.
It frankly blew me away.
Here’s what I believe is happening neurologically and why it works.
Research shows that when you visualize something so clearly that you can FEEL it, your brain gets to work to bring that vision to a reality–and here’s the cool part–even when you are not consciously thinking about it!
So, think about going throughout your day. You have literally tens of thousands of inputs. You simply cannot respond to all of them if you are to effectively tune into your tasks and be productive. So, your brain has a built in design to help you filter through all of these inputs to make your decisions–all day long.
(Now, some of us ADHDers respond to external stimuli more than others, of course, but generally speaking, this is how it works.)
Guess how many decisions are made on a subconscious level!
95% of them!
That means that your brain is saying “pay attention to” or “ignore” before you even consciously process 95% of what is going on around you.
So, if you want to start noticing more opportunities each day to achieve your dreams and goals, you need a proven strategy to help your brain recognize them and bring them to your attention.
You need to help your brain help you!
You need to help your brain help you!
Christine Wilson, LPC
How do you do that?
Here are 3 steps you can take:
1. Set aside regular uninterrupted think-time. Starting with just 5 minutes can get you started. The brain is more receptive and effective when you are calm. When you are stressed, it moves into fight, flight or freeze. So, if you are writing your goals on the fly, you may as well kiss them goodbye. Instead, place your phone on airplane mode and “sit with yourself” for a moment as you allow what matters most to surface.
If you are writing your goals on the fly, you may as well kiss them goodbye.
2. Visualize what you want. Really experience your dreams. See yourself completing your goal. How do you feel? What do you see? Employ as many of your five senses as possible to clearly visualize this accomplished goal. When you experience your dreams and goals viscerally, it gets to work to bring them to reality. Research shows that your energy, focus, and motivation toward your goals increase with the practice of visualization.
3. Draw it, mind map it, use color, and add words. The visual thinking techniques I curated in Think Time Planner to help you apply the above two steps are drawing this vision in your Envision Box and concept-clouding (brainstorming) using your 5 Sensing Tool. This creative process engages your whole brain and really communicates to your brain in a way it can understand a whole lot better than writing words alone.
This three step process engages several parts of your brain: the visual processing part where ideas originate, the deeper parts of your brain where your emotions are stored, right brain creative thinking and left brain analytical thinking. That’s how Think Time Planner helps you use your whole brain strategy for achieving your dreams and goals. Promise me you’ll never plan with words alone again!?!?!? Please!!!
Promise me you’ll never plan with words alone again!?!?!? Please!!!
Christine Wilson, LPC
By clearly envisioning your dreams and goals, you have “primed” your brain to focus on what matters most in a distracting world, so in the midst of your crazy busy life you can increase your chances of noticing what you “intend” to notice.
Stop missing out on the opportunities in your own life.
Get the thinking skills you need to fight distractions and get results.
In my signature course Cut Through the Noise, I teach my full Dream, Decide, Do, Review Process in depth to help you immediately apply the best purpose and productivity strategies for entrepreneurs with ADHD on the market today.
Here are a few things that can help you find time for your dreams and goals—even if you are already busy from dawn til dusk.
1. Identify what your dreams and goals are. This may seem obvious, but you may be surprised that you only have a vague sense of what you want to accomplish–not clearly defined goals. To get more clarity, ask yourself, “What do I really want? At the end of this week (or month or quarter), what does wild success look like?” Choose up to three things that matter most to you and draw them in your Think Time Planner.
2. Evaluate what activities in your life support these dreams and goals. You do a lot of things in your life–checking off a million boxes. Did you know research shows you can check off a ton of boxes and still be unproductive? This step can prevent that from happening to you. I want you to identify which activities drive the results you want most. Separate these activities out. To achieve your dreams and goals, put them on your calendar first. If you can’t now because you have too many commitments…look ahead in your schedule and find your nearest available time block in the future. Write it in.
3. Find the time stealers. Most productivity planners skip this step. Don’t miss it! Goal achievement research suggests that if you stop with positive thinking alone, you can actually decrease your chances of achieving your goals. You may be over-optimistic and fail to take the measures to safeguard your goals. Don’t let this happen to you. Take a moment to identify what in you and what in your schedule could keep you from achieving the goals you desire. Now, create a plan around your obstacles. When you complete this last step, you are now on your way to looking back on your days with satisfaction, not regret.
“Think Time, for me, has been a lifesaver. We moved to a new city last year, are starting a new business, and have a two year old, a one year old, and a one month old. Think Time has taken my life from being absolutely insane to ordered, beautiful, and manageable. It has helped “up” my internal satisfaction level with what I accomplish each day. Super impressed with (and grateful for) this product.”
Mary, pastors wife & mom of lots of young children (up to 5 now!)
Remember: you don’t have to exhaust yourself to get great results.
A lot of entrepreneurs with ADHD have a hard time implementing morning routines. You are probably just thankful to be able to get out of bed! I totally get it. I am #notamorningperson either.
Today I am going to share you a simple habit I have implemented that is central to my morning routine strategy. With all of the distractions in my house (5 little kids), this one tip can save me up to 40 minutes in the morning.
Here’s a simple tip you can add to your rhythms to find more time in the morning too.
Simply get into the habit of making a warm breakfast the day before. Slip it in the oven in the morning while you grab your coffee, and voila! it’s like you have a personal chef in your kitchen serving you while you get your day started on the right foot.
Some of my favorite breakfasts include zucchini bread, sweet potato carrot cakes with sausage, and veggie-infused quiche. Simply garnish with fresh berries for the Pinterest look and you are ready to go!
The compounding results of an open morning time block are many.
1. More Present. The thing I love most about this habit is how present you can be in the mornings. You can be more present to your soul and spirit and your relationship with God and others. You can be more more present to what is on your heart and mind and write these down on your Daily Planner pages to keep them from spinning through your head throughout the day. You can be more present with your family. Instead of over-focusing on the urgent task of flipping pancakes or scrambling eggs last minute, you are freed to greet your children and connect with them better during their most cuddly time of the day.
2. More Energized. While I recommend starting your mornings in calm, quiet solace allowing your mind to wander, I also recommend having a distinct point when you pivot to exercise. On your Think Time Planner, highlight this time block in orange to represent how energizing this part of the day is to your dreams and goals. Here’s why: by keeping an active and healthy body, you energize your body and your mind for the tasks of the day so you can get your best results.
3. More Time. When you clear your mind in the morning by getting on paper what is on your mind, you reduce internal distractions and promote focus toward your dreams and goals. By exercising each morning, you are likely to feel better and to boost your energy. If you have been with me a while, you know that when you find more energy and more focus, you often find more time. You can learn more about that on my blog here.
Don’t set yourself up for a frazzled day by leaving breakfast to the last minute anymore. Design your ultimate morning routine in your Routine Worksheets, and make time for it by making breakfast the day before.
Do you struggle with chronic fatigue? If you are like many entrepreneurs with ADHD, you are answering “yes.” Well, the last thing you want when you find the TIME to achieve a goal is to lack the energy to accomplish it. You are literally leaving money on the table until you can learn to harness your best energy toward your goals.
So, how can you structure your life to raise the chances that you will have the energy you need when you need it?
Here are three things you can do with your Think Time Planner to better manage your energy so you can achieve your dreams and goals.
Brainstorm ways to rejuvenate.
Instead of having only “to dos,” your Think Time Planner also includes an area also for “to bes.” Use the To Be Concept Cloud to brainstorm ways you can rejuvenate your energy this week. This means including time for rejuvenating relationships, recreation, and relaxation. When you are including activities in your schedule that build into you, then you will have a stronger energy reserve to offer your dreams and goals.
2. Develop healthy routines and habits.
As a person with ADHD, you may cringe at the suggestion of a routine. I get it. I hate routines too. But, I have learned their power and use them as often as I can to help me advance my dreams and goals. Professional organizer, Julie Morgenstern well said, “If it is not in your routine, it is not in your life.” So, to help your energy levels, build sacred sleep routines, exercise routines, and healthy eating habits. You can use the Routine Worksheet and the Habit Tracker in your Think Time Planner to help you to create routines that will support your energy management goals.
3. Celebrate your wins.
So often, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all that “has to be done” that you just keep plunging into the next thing. Looking forward, it’s overwhelming and de-energizing to see the “tyrannical to do list” that is constantly taunting you. To develop a brighter outlook and increase your energy toward your dreams and goals, regularly practice gratitude for what you have been able to accomplish. Each week, use the Review Phase of your Think Time Planner to check off what you did accomplish and celebrate what went well. You are probably doing better than you think, and you deserve to know it!
Energy management is an incredibly important skill for entrepreneurs with ADHD. Don’t leave money on the table anymore—simply because you don’t have the energy to follow through on your goal. Apply these three tips regularly with your Think Time Planner to help you make the most of your days so you can live on purpose and achieve your goals in a distracting world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.