Pills Don't Teach Skills

One Man's Personal Battle with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder

Later Never Happens

I've learned that later never happens, if it's not scheduled.

I'll get it done later. I'll take a break in a few minutes. I'll leave soon. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? For many with ADD, procrastination can sometimes be a challenge, putting things off or deferring until a later time or date. Many of these delays in tasks that need to get done can be avoided or managed in a different way that works for many ADD'ers.

I have always found that procrastination wasn't really a challenge for me. Getting something done later or promising myself to take a break were more about having too much to do and not understanding the skill or proper way to reprioritize or reschedule. I've learned a heck of a lot over the past number of years and found a few little tricks to be very effective. First and most importantly, I schedule everything in Outlook and synchronize it to my Blackberry. It creates accountability and a place in time where something needs to get done, or I have to reprioritize or reschedule it.

I've learned that later never happens, at least for me, if it's not scheduled. Previously if I made a plan to do something and scheduled it and my electronic reminder popped up at the time my task was scheduled for and I dismissed it, it would never get done. When my task reminders pop up, I do it or I reschedule it right there and then. This practice has eliminated anything not getting done and has helped turn me into a productivity machine!!! Following through with certain things in your daily planning also can have an impact on how your day unfolds. Things like the breaks your body and mind need or that work out are very important for maintaining balance and levity throughout your day.

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Remember, later never happens unless you have created total accountability for yourself. Schedule it and find a way to roll with the challenges that life hands you and reprioritize when you need to. It's a small little step that will make a huge difference in your day and productivity.

 

Jeff Hamilton writes about the challenges of living with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

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