Many people with Adult ADHD have difficulty with accomplishing some of their most valued goals because of challenges with prioritizing, problem solving, time management, and follow through. This often leads to frustration, demoralization, and anxiety.
However, effectively creating goals and using strategies to overcome the challenges listed above can help you achieve your goals and lead more fulfilling lives. In this article, there are five success tips for people with Adult ADHD.
Make Them Specific and Measurable
Effective goals are specific and measurable. For example, “I will run for 30 minutes 3 times a week at 6 pm” rather than saying “I will exercise more often” or “When I go out to eat, I will remove the bread basket from the table” instead of saying “I will eat better”.
Set a Due Date
Specify a due date for the goal. For example, “By March 10th, 2013, I will write the proposal for my research project”, or “By July 2013, I will weigh 170 lbs”.
Have a Strategy
Have a written strategy to accomplish the goal. Does a schedule need to be rearranged? Would a class or trainer be helpful?
Being accountable to someone greatly improves your success. One tip to improve follow through and avoid procrastination is having accountability. Ask a friend or spouse to be your accountability partner and check in with that person once a week on your progress.
Write It Down
When goals are written, it makes them concrete. Writing goals improves the chances for success. Goals that are written and referred to on a daily basis are reminders for behaviors and choices each day.
Setting goals can help you lead healthier and happier lives. You can improve your productivity and progress by creating effective goals and establishing accountability.
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