Plan it. Schedule it. Do it! A Three Step ADD Process
Posted Feb 14 2012 8:36am
Process, process, process. It’s as important as location, location, location! I have posted numerous times about the importance of ADD’ers taking some time to plan and schedule. Planning is the foundation to building success, with anything we set out to accomplish. For ADD’ers, it should be law. I joke, we all know imposing a law like this wouldn’t be realistic, but my comment certainly stresses the importance of planning. Let’s go one step past planning, and we arrive at scheduling. While the greatest plan in the world can look great on paper, unless we schedule it, we likely won’t accomplish what we set out to. The final step after scheduling, do it!
Ah yes, actually doing it. Many people with ADD don’t actually get around to doing it. The primary reason, they don`t plan or schedule what they need to do first. Remember the three step process for everything:
1. Plan it: What steps need to be planned? Every task we do requires some type of planning. Even grocery shopping, with your list of items to buy, right?
2. Schedule it: Open up your Outlook or iCal calendar and actually schedule it. Synchronize it to your hand held mobile device. If you don’t use this technology, write it onto your wall calendar, day planner or a to-do list.
3. Do it: You’ve taken the time to plan and schedule, doing it is simply the final step. Many ADD’ers procrastinate and don’t actually get things done, however proper planning and scheduling dramatically reduces that procrastination and helps to keep your thoughts organized and your mind in focus.
Not having a plan is the beginning of when things start to go wrong for people who are challenged with ADD/ADHD. That place where someone has started down the path of starting a task and things go wrong creates stress, a sense of disorganization, frustration, a scattered world and usually sends that person into a tail spin of inefficiency. Suddenly, the pressure sets in and the stress builds. For many ADD’ers, this is when the wheels fall off. The importance of establishing a plan to work through a task is paramount. Just get’er done!