My clients with ADD are passionate about their projects. Their energy for a project is an incredible resource and an important aspect for follow through and completion. As a task moves forward, the energy wanes and people with ADD are less enthusiastic. Staying engaged in the task and completion is equally important. In addition, people with ADD have trouble breaking down ideas into a series of smaller scheduled steps that help them make progress toward their goals. They tend to procrastinate which compounds the situation.
Creating a time line is important in following through for people with ADD. People with ADD know what they want, but how much time it will take and what sequence to work in often elude them. Start with the goal in writing and write out the specific steps in the project. Assess the time each step will take. Work backwards in a time line with a month at a glance calendar and write in a workable time line for completion. For people with ADD, enlisting help to get through the detail work with partners and designing a plan with accountability is a significant step. Help them find incredible partners who are have the skills they lack, whether it is knowledge of technology or other skills sets. Acknowledge the procrastination that can occur with people with ADD and find a trigger to help move forward. The trigger can be a simple one, such as a great location to work in, background music, or establishing a time of day to work. It is in partnering and accountability that completion occurs.
Trouble completing a task or project? How did you get to completion?