Do you feel there’s not enough time to get important work complete? In the corporate world, a “perennial time-scarcity problem” afflicts executives all over the globe. In small businesses, owners wear many hats from marketing to providing services, which can stretch anyone and everyone. Here’s 5 simple ADHD time management tips to help you be productive and get stuff done.
Write down your 3 Most Important Tasks each day.
Start your day with your 3 most important tasks. Look at your calendar, your tasks, your projects and your goals. Look far enough out to assess how much time you need for these. Either written or digital, your tasks should be prioritized by your Return on Investment. Pick what has the biggest impact for your work.
Set a power hour and eliminate distractions.
Set and protect one hour during your most high focused time of day. It’s important to know when you work best which is when you work most effortlessly and with flow. A single distraction can set you back 20 minutes so turn off electronics, shut your door, put up a note on your cubicle or have a colleague catch distractions. In one hour you can accomplish so much!
Use a timer to get started.
A timer is a great motivator for you. Set your timer for 15 minutes to get you going. Timers are part of the Pomodoro technique, a well-known productivity method with intervals of 25 minutes of work followed by a 5-minute break. RescueTime is a free tool to record your time online by tracking websites and applications. It helps you understand where you are using your time each day. It’s an automated time for your online time.
Assess the amount of time needed.
Whether it’s a task or project, a general idea of how long to accomplish will help. There are two truths to this: that we may not know how long and work can expand to fit the time we give it. A rough estimate, then doubled, can be a guide. It will help you realistically project completion.
Time block your time.
Every task and project needs an assigned time to accomplish. Block your work in chunks, assigned to specific times. Scheduling is required to get stuff done. Your schedule can include routines that happen weekly at the same time. These routines can carry you through what seems like small insignificant administrative work, work that you may have been trying to squeeze in.
While we can’t really manage time, what we can do is use better tools to be productive. Choose just one of these tips to get started on making time work better for you.
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