Best Planner for ADHD
The reality of life is, you have to eat, sleep, earn a living, and potentially take care of a family, or even just yourself.
What happens when you have ADHD, ADD, basic values of daily life are ones you didn't grow up with necessarily or anything that doesn't fall into the "typical"?
A planner is a super important tool to help all people, and I'm here to share five ways that can help the housewife with ADHD, the person who didn't grow up with clear day to day plans as a norm, or anyone looking for a few good time management tips.
1. Create Routines:
They take the question and uncertainty out of tasks, provide stability and security, and helps us remember what we may potentially forget.
Routines may include: Morning routine of alarm, wake up, brush team, skincare, get dressed, medications, and breakfast for example.
Bonus Tip: This is super helpful for raising children too. It takes the guesswork of what they need to go to school with, ensures clean up is always done after a project, and creates healthy habits overall.
2. Everything in in it's Place:
No one does well in chaos, and providing a space for everything avoids loosing keys, forgetting where your planner may be, and avoids mind clutter.
Important tip for both adults and parents: The place has to make sense. For example, I noticed our kids were always leaving their towels on the floor, and realized their hooks were way to high for them to hang up, so make sure it's practical.
3. Build in Breaks:
Breaks are crucial to staying productive, preventing fatigue, and ensuring you're at your best.
A. Jordan Wright, a clinical associate professor of counseling psychology in the department of applied psychology at NYU and Clinical Advisor for Parallel Learning, says, “Brain and body breaks are important for everyone, so make sure you schedule some downtime, whenever possible.”
These breaks can also include moving your body, so walk around, stretch, and just get moving.
4. Set a Timer:
Time tasks that you tend to under or overestimate the length of. For example, if you're always late to carpool, spend one week and set a timer each drive. You'd be surprised that it actually is typically fifteen minutes, and you figured it was about eight. Or the opposite, folding laundry seems like it would take an hour but really after setting a timer, it's typically only half that.
5. Change Your Work Space:
If your phone buzzing distracts you, you get thrown off by seeing the tv in the room, or you hate noise, than choose a space that is conducive to productivity. Maybe a quiet room, perhaps plug your phone in somewhere else, or go a Starbucks.
Of course check out our slew of printables to help with routines, goal setting, and planning!