10 Tips for Effective Time Management for Neurodivergent People (ADHD, Autism, LD)
Updated: Sep 19
Have you ever thought to yourself that there aren’t enough hours in the day, or felt overwhelmed at the tasks facing you? Neurodivergent people such as those with autism, ADHD, or learning disabilities may have difficulties with time management. If you struggle with it, this article may help!
Clarify your goals and strategy
Be very clear about your aims and ambitions, both short and long term. Write them down. Once you know what you really want to achieve (and why) it’s easier to make decisions about what needs doing, and to plan accordingly.
2. Focus on your top priorities
You’ll be more productive and profitable if you identify and focus on the areas most important to your business. Work on the fundamentals first. The Latin word ‘fundamentum’ means foundation – so take action, build strong foundations and the rest should follow.
3. Schedule time
Literally write an appointment in your work planner to set aside a realistic block of time for your priority actions. This reduces anxiety over not having enough time and keeps you focused.
4. Say no!
Say no when you just do not have the time and avoid over committing. Always check your schedule before committing to anything new. Don’t allow others to divert you from your objectives.
5. Create supportive systems
This includes systems for filing, management information and communication.
6. Take a reality check
Will your current activity have a positive outcome, or are you doing it to avoid something else? Ask yourself – will doing this take me towards my goal?
It’s tempting to do something yourself when you think you can do it faster and better. But consider the long term – delegation now will save time in the future, and if done appropriately can motivate your staff, boost their confidence and help them develop their skills.
8. Repeat your success
Remember the last time you went away on holiday, and how you got so much done in those few days before you left? What strategies and techniques did you employ that made you so effective and focused? Can you repeat them? Alternatively, imagine you are going away tomorrow and work through today accordingly.
9. Balance your life
Formally schedule personal activities too, so you make time for family, friends, your health and fun because having a balanced life reduces stress and increases energy levels. Time management is really about life management!
10. End the day
At the end of the working day, tidy your desk, make notes about what needs doing tomorrow and prioritise those tasks. You’ll worry less that evening and be prepared and focused the next morning.
Start implementing these techniques into your life and see which ones work best for you. If you have tried the above strategies but feel that you still need more help or are interested in working with a therapist or coach, then contact me by going to the contact page for a free consultation!
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