Starting the Year with Productive Processes

start the year with productive processes.

 

Almost every task we do routinely can be improved with creating a process. A process it the standard way to do that task, whether it is laundry or email.  These systems and processes are a lot like automation. Doing these repeatedly the same way with the same steps makes for efficiency.

 

Why are processes important, especially in uncertain times? If you focus on processes you use every day, you are always going to feel in control and productive.  Implementing processes is one way of creating and providing consistency. Being consistent is especially difficult for those with ADHD. A process works like a checklist to be sure the right tasks, get done in the right order by the team.

Where you can use processes for those with ADHD.

  • Home: laundry and teaching your family how to use the washer and dry, and how to fold and hang.
  • Home: cleaning any area of your home, how to clean and when to clean.
  • Work: client intake and follow up with an intake form, entry into a CRM, and initial deposit for work.
  • Work: wrap up your work day with a list for tomorrow, closing down your computer and clearing your desk.
  • Home and Work: processing paperwork to determine what to take action on, what to file and how often to file.

Any important home or work responsibility should have a process to complete it.

Starting processes for those with ADHD

  • Begin with one important process that might not be working for you. Identify the steps. Now you have a standard operating procedure which you can share with your team.
  • Start documenting your process and make your documentation visual. Think about a video, chart, graphic or symbols that help you stay on track with the process.
  • Post your process where you can see it.
  • There is always room for improvement. Work through  your process for 2 weeks and tweak as needed. Think about how you can simplify the process too.

 

If processes are sounding a lot like routines, you are right! A routine is a consistent pattern of activity. The best routines are built from processes that work well. Changing the name and perspective on routines can make this easier to accomplish.

 

 

6 replies
  1. Seana Turner
    Seana Turner says:

    Preach it, Ellen!

    I’m working with a client now on paying bills. We wrote down the order of each step (fill out the check, record in the check register, write “paid” with the date & check number on the bill, etc).

    I’ve watched her do this. She is easily distracted, and often moves off task. However, having that little list is so helpful, because when she refocuses, she can find her place and get back on track.

    This is so true!!

  2. Linda Samuels
    Linda Samuels says:

    Creating lists for systems that are not intuitive or are new, makes so much sense. Once you have the system down, it might not be essential to refer to it. However, while you’re learning it, have a quick list is like an abbreviated manual or action plan.

    When I revamped my website two years ago, the process for uploading and formatting blog posts and other pages changed. Having the step-by-step list helped me tremendously until I had things memorized.

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