Part 3 from our guest blogger, ADHD Coach Becky Wheeler, shares tips for coaches, coaches in training and ADHD clients.
Top Ten Tips for Using Your Planner
- Use time-saving abbreviations to save time, but ALWAYS write down the things you need to remember (tasks, appointments, etc.)
- Distinguish types of activities/appointments with different colors to make things easier to spot and track.
- Transfer all information from various sources to your planner. Contact information, assignments and ideas all go in one place.
- Before starting homework, place numbers next to the assignment in the order you’ll do them.
- Start with tasks that require the most concentration and move to easier tasks as you tire or your medication wears off. If you have trouble with a particular task, tackle it between two easier ones.
- Break long-term projects into chunks. Use a month-at-a-glance calendar to plan mini-deadlines and transfer them to your daily planner.
- Plan for procrastination. Schedule your project deadline a couple of days early, leaving room for the unexpected, good (party invitation!) or bad (computer crash!).
- Use a visual cue to indicate a task is completed (a check box or strike through).
- Star or note any materials you need to take home or bring back (to work or school) and check your planner while packing.
- If you can’t finish everything, leave the assignment with the least penalties undone and schedule it to complete the next day.
Becky Wheeler is an ADHD & Life Coach dedicated to helping clients untangle their lives and find the strategies and systems that work best for them. For more information, visit newfocuscoach.com.