Do you recognize this problem? Most of my ADD coaching clients do. In fact, on the road to learning how to manage their Adult ADHD, most of the clients I coach struggle with the same dilemma. They have a To Do List a mile long, yet they sit at their desk unable to decide what to do next.
The true solution to this problem requires some work; things we handle in ADD coaching, such as setting goals, wrestling with to do lists, getting organized, adjusting schedules and eliminating distractions.
However, just because you’re not working with an ADD Coach doesn’t mean you’re sunk. You still can make progress on your projects.
I find much of ADD’s inaction and procrastination flows from the same source: chaos. Chaos leads to muddy-thinking and muddy-thinking leads to inaction. If adult ADHD isn’t awash in chaos than what is it?
Here’s a simple ADD / ADHD management trick to help you wade through a bit of the chaos and keep you on task next time you don’t know what to do next.
Ask yourself this question, “What small action can I take to move forward?”
This question helps ADD / ADHD adults to focus in three ways:
- When you break a large project or task into small steps your thinking clears.
- When your thinking clears you can see what to do next.
- When you can see what to do next you’re more likely to act.
Beware of this trap: only doing the easy things on your To Do List. Your ticket to success comes from completing the small tasks which will eventually help you reach your big, important goals.
Don’t get discouraged. Learning how to manage Adult ADHD is like building a muscle that grows stronger over time. If you’re tired of struggling alone you’d be wise to work with an ADD / ADHD Coach. Someone trained to help you learn how to live more easily and successfully with Attention Deficit Disorder.