Best way to manage your time – From a Neurodivergent (ADHD) mind

With a million things to do and the stresses of life, sometimes you have to find a way to manage your time in the best way and the least anxiety ridden.

I have been diagnosed with ADHD, so the concept of time can really get away from me. It is not the easiest, and it is something I had to learn how to work with.

Just a brief preface: Someone with ADHD loses track of time, and remembers new tasks constantly, and stops what they are doing in order to complete another task, and may stop that task in order to complete another task that they think of.

That being said, it is very difficult to stay on one task at a time. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Your mind will just work differently forever and that is okay. You have to learn how to work with your own mind. So if you do half of all your tasks, it is better than doing nothing because you beat yourself down for not finishing a task.

So, as someone who struggles with the concept of time and feels burdened by tasks, this is how I time manage.

1. Make a list

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Make a list of your tasks you need to complete. That means everything. And make sure that this list is on paper. It is very important for you to visualize the things you need to do. That means work stuff, home chores, errands that need to be run. Everything.

2. Organize that list by Time Urgency

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Take the most important tasks that you need to complete and you absolutely cannot procrastinate on, and organize them by deadline. The first task you are going to do, has an earlier deadline than the second important task.

If you have tasks that are all due at the same time, you do the tasks that will take you a shorter time first, because you don’t have to worry about another task after you are done with the short task. You can just keep working on the longer task until the deadline if needed.

Then, you start listing things that you need to do, and you can get done by the end of the day.

Lastly, you list the things that if you procrastinate on, it isn’t the biggest deal.

For example:

  1. IMPORTANT TASK DUE AT 3:00 PM
  2. QUICK IMPORTANT TASK DUE AT 5:00 PM
  3. IMPORTANT TASK DUE AT 5:00 PM
  4. Task that needs to be done by the end of the day
  5. Task that needs to be done by the end of the day
  6. Task that can be overlooked if there was no time left to spare
  7. Task that can be moved to tomorrow
  8. Task that can be procrastinated

Now, if you are not done with that list, make sure to keep that same list. If the list is messy and you need to add more at the end of the day, make sure that you redo the entire list first.

That is why I recommend a notebook or a digital notebook. So you can keep all records in one place.

The most successful notebooks are the ones with the most scribbles.

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3. Give each task a realistic time frame

If you struggle with time management, give each task a time frame of how long it may take you to get done, and when the task should be over. That way, because you planned your schedule out, you won’t worry about other tasks until you surpass the time you gave yourself. That is when you re-evaluate your schedule.

But until then, as you work within the time frame you gave yourself, you can feel stress free about your task because you made intentional time for it and you mapped it.

4. Just do it

Just do it. I know all those tasks can be intimidating. If it helps, do the easy tasks first and get them out of the way. This can help you get jump started if you are struggling that day. And know that when you start completing your tasks, it truly isn’t as intimidating as you were making it out to be.

Take one task at a time.

Summary

I gotta say, we are all working so hard to keep our lives together, honestly. Whether you are making a lot of money, or struggling with your bills, everyone is struggling in one way or another. On top of that, we have to function like everything is normal.

Do your best, get what you can get done, done. If you don’t, it isn’t the end of the world. Pick yourself up and try again. You’ve got this.

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