Here are three ways to reclaim your day before it’s lost to disorganization!
Except That You Are Late
One of the challenges with having a day that is seemingly out of control is the emotional toll it takes on you, the anxiety that comes along with being behind the eight ball for the day. For those of us with ADHD this can be an all too common feeling and in some severe cases a dis-organized day with a late start is not the exception but more likely the rule.
To begin reclaiming your day, start with accepting where you are in the day, take a closer look at what can be accomplished then acknowledge to those around you that you are behind schedule, don’t feel obligated to explain why. Don’t feel compelled to tell a lie to justify being late. One of the best ways to limit that anxiety and return to the moment is to reach out to those around you that are affected and let them know that you’re running behind schedule. Create new times to meet and move deadlines.
Revise and Reimagine
After accepting that your day is late, it is time to revisit your schedule, look at how much time you have remaining in the day and have a conversation with yourself about what can be accomplished realistically. Look at your priorities. What are the activities that must be completed in order to stay on course, long term? How much time do you need for each of these tasks? So, even though you are behind schedule and late another great way to reduce the anxiety is to create a new to do list with estimated timelines for completion. Whatever the time allotted for something add 20% to it to ensure that you have enough time to complete those tasks. Remember you still have control of the day. Even if you only complete two things on your list you have managed to maximize the time available to you.
Keep One Eye On The Future
This next strategy may seem like it’s a bit out of place, however, it is crucial when I say keep one eye on the future. What you’re doing is ensuring that you will limit the number of items that you fall behind on. So even though you are behind schedule and you’re under the gun to complete many tasks I want you to put an item that is not currently due on the top of your list as a priority to do first. At the very least, do it second. The reason why you want to do this is, the things that are required of you and must be done, will in fact get done. One of the common causes of procrastination is thinking we have all the time in the world to complete some tasks, if you do it now especially on a day when you’re struggling to stay on top of things, you are teaching yourself a new skill. That skill is the ability to handle tasks as they come in versus always putting out fires. It’s reimagining your approach to time management.
Ultimately, you should remember that the work you are doing is necessary, important and, your willingness to complete tasks in a timely and accurate fashion has an overall effect on how you are perceived by others around you. All this has an impact on your own personal confidence and self-esteem. So, not only do we use these techniques to master difficult days but also to learn how to reclaim your confidence and put things into perspective. There will always be times when the day could have been better, don’t overthink it but do take control of it!