Time management is a challenge for a lot of us. If you have ADHD, you’re probably dealing with a whole lot of executive function impairments that make time management a challenge — at best. Organization and time management can also be difficult for folks with autism spectrum disorder. When you’re depressed or dealing with chronic illness, a bad day can throw off an already hard-to-manage schedule.
And that self-care day spent playing XCOM 2 probably doesn’t help get you back on track, right?
There are dozens of systems designed to help you get things done, but without mastering the basics, they’re all going to be a struggle. I’ve certainly invested more time trying to reorganize my life by setting up apps, calendars, journals and other systems than actually using them.
That’s why I’m a fan of these common-sense tips from ADHD coach Eric Tivers and YouTube’s How to ADHD. In this two-part series, Tivers breaks down the basics, covering realistic scheduling, practical tools, and methods for working out the tasks that are worth your time and energy. Host Jessica McCabe takes those tips and makes them memorable.
For anyone dealing with mental health issues or executive function disorders, this may be the best part: Tivers’ tips aren’t about working faster or more efficiently, they’re about learning to correctly estimate how long things take so you can make the most of the time you do have. It’s about setting yourself up for success, which is the best way to make these improvements stick.