One Size Doesn't Fit All
What I've found as a person with ADHD (and probably a little social perfectionism thrown in for good measure) is the time management strategies are the opposite of what we need.
The time blocking and the rules that we think we need (because we struggle with downtime and not having structure) actually create more to feel terrible about.
Cue the thoughts of being lazy and unproductive and not doing what you say you will being ratcheted up from a level 3 to a level 10.
If time management is the thing in between you and your goals, together, we'll create your customized time strategy, using only what works best for you. With this tailored plan, you'll have a plan to hit your goals, while creating a calm, organized work life so you can make progress AND enjoy your downtime, without the guilt.
Some of those tools are:
- Simple, doable plan for your day (this looks like having a prioritized plan for your day - no more overwhelm!)
- Impact plan - This is your roadmap to hit your goals
- Use Your Phone Less - A simple strategy to allow you to decrease your screen time without creating screen time limits, deleting apps or setting timers
- Lasting Habit Creation - Creating a habit is really easy (when you know how to make it easy) you'll learn my simple formula for creating any habit you want - and sticking with it
- Simple Routine Creation and Implementation - Once you know how to create a habit, you can create a routine (a routine is simply habits stacked together)
- It's Done - Calendaring - How to plan your week in a way that makes it easy to follow through
- Capacity-Informed Time Management - Rest and feeling recharged is a critical component of managing your time well, yet it's rarely talked about in the productivity space. Feeling confident that you know when to rest (and how to rest) how and when to push through will have you trusting yourself and your decisions and being a more productive and happy human.
- Future-Self Review - When you're going after a goal, you want to make sure you're doing it from your future self - not trying to create your future self with your actions. The latter will have you feeling discouraged and burnt out. The former will have you taking inspired action and following through easily and confidently.
- Weekly Evaluation - Hitting your goals isn't about doing the same thing over and over and over. We have to make sure it's working and adjust accordingly. What I see is two extremes: adjusting and switching things up wayyyyy too often OR never switching anything up at all. Informed, empowered decision making is what we're going for here!
- Instagram: Intentionally - If you're a business owner, it can feel like you live on Instagram. But your best life and most helpful content comes from an inspired, refreshed you - not the you that's glued to her phone for 8 hours a day.
- Radical Honesty: Planning Filter - In order to move the needle, you need to be honest with yourself about why you're doing what you're doing. If you're only picking what's comfortable, or staying busy with urgent tasks, you'll just keep creating more of what you have now. If you want new results and to create real, tangible progress towards your goals, you need to be more intentional about what you're planning.
- Flexible Scheduling - You need tools not rules. Knowing how to get the little (and big things) done when you say you'll do them is the whole point. And it doesn't need to be complicated. You just need a few guidelines you can lean on to help keep you on track.