If you have ADHD, staying productive and focused can be a real challenge. Managing your symptoms while trying to get things done isn’t easy, but there are tricks and tools that can help. In this blog, we’ll explore several productivity tips and tools specifically tailored to people with ADHD. This will help you stay on task and reach your goals.
One of the simplest yet most effective productivity tools is a timer. Using the Pomodoro Technique, you can break down your tasks into manageable chunks and focus for a specific amount of time. Like me you can use Alexa or if you prefer apps then try Focus@Will, Forest. You could add the power up to Trello – Trello Pomodoro Timer if you use it to help you stay on track and reduce overwhelm.
Make Lists for Better Organisation
Lists are a great way to stay organised and on track. If you prefer to use tech then apps like Todoist, Wunderlist, and http://Any.do allow you to create and prioritise your tasks based on importance and deadlines. Otherwise, using pen and paper is what I like to do and check off each task as I complete. It gives you a great sense of accomplishment and progress.
Set Reminders to Stay on Top of Tasks
Setting reminders can help you remember important tasks and deadlines. Apps like Google Keep, Evernote, and Microsoft To-Do allow you to set alerts for appointments, meetings, or important tasks.
Enhance ADHD Focus with Visual Cues
Visual cues can help you stay focused and remember important information. Also using apps like Notion, Trello, and Asana allow you to label important tasks or information with colors, tags, and markers if you prefer to use them. Visual reminders can help you to remain focused on the task at hand and minimise any potential distractions.
Minimise Distractions with Helpful ADHD friendly Apps
Distractions can be a major challenge for people with ADHD. Apps like Freedom, Cold Turkey, and RescueTime can help you block unnecessary websites and apps on your computer and phone, minimising visual and auditory distractions in your environment.
Break Tasks into Small Chunks for Success
When we break down tasks into smaller and more manageable parts, it can become less daunting to tackle. We can maintain our focus without feeling overwhelmed. Apps like Focus@Will and Trello allow you to set a timer for a specific amount of time and work on one small task until the timer goes off or again you could use Alexa or the timer on your phone.
Utilise White Noise to Improve Concentration
The use of white noise can minimise distractions and enhance concentration. Apps like Noisli, Rainy Mood, and http://Brain.fm provide a variety of calming background noises that can help you stay on task.
Incorporate Regular Exercise for Better Focus
Regular exercise can help manage symptoms of ADHD and improve focus and productivity. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous, doing a quick and easy workout routine to fit into your daily routine can help or even a stroll in the park!
Create a Productive Work Environment
Creating a productive environment can help you stay focused and productive. Apps like Trello, Notion, and Todoist can help you organise your workspace and create a calming environment that is conducive to productivity.
Stay Accountable and Focused with Body Doubling
Body doubling or co-working is a great way to stay accountable and focused. You can use your Access To Work support worker or virtual assistant who’d be happy to sit on Zoom with you. My clients find this a really beneficial way to get stuff done. If you don’t have hired help then again there are other options. Try apps like Focusmate that allows you to work with a virtual accountability partner in a video chat room, reducing distractions and increasing accountability.
How a Virtual Assistant Benefits Individuals with ADHD
A virtual assistant can be a game-changer for people with ADHD. A virtual assistant can help you stay organised, manage your schedule, and take care of administrative tasks. This will leave you free to focus on the things that matter and the things you enjoy doing.
Using these tips and tools can help you stay productive and focused, even with ADHD. You can manage your symptoms and achieve your goals by using a timer, making lists, setting reminders, and creating a productive environment. And don’t forget to try body doubling or co-working and consider hiring a virtual assistant to help you stay on track.
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