Oh So Hard to Start!

DecisionsMany people with ADD have difficulty starting a task or project – whether at home, school, or at work.  Typically, the reasons included (but are not limited to) feeling overwhelmed by it, its boring or tedious, or maybe you’d just rather be on Facebook!

No matter what the reason, its something you either don’t believe you CAN do, or WANT to do.  It remains on that ever long To Do List, or is simply shoved out of your mind as you move onto something more interesting, fun or easier to do.  Yet, somewhere deep inside you KNOW that time is ticking away and that this task is something that really needs to get done.  Just knowing it, yet not DOING it, can even lead to anxiety.  Then, the growing anxiety makes it even MORE difficult to start!

So, how does one begin what I commonly refer to as a yukky task?  There are a variety of strategies, but the one I’d like to share with you today is starting with a very small piece.  It can even be just five minutes of time.  But it will be a start!

If you have a timer, you may want to set it.  Or, use your cell phone to set a short alarm.  The method isn’t nearly as important as knowing you’re just going to spend a few minutes on this today.  AND, it doesn’t even matter if what you do to start your project is even well done.  The point is just to GET STARTED.  Once you have your task started, even a tiny bit of it – you’ll likely find that you feel a sense of relief that it has indeed been started…and hope, that by having started you’ll eventually be able to finish!

Isn’t there something you’ve been putting off that you’d like to finally do?  Why not take five minutes and START!


S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Decision2Do you have a goal you’d like to reach, but aren’t sure how to begin to get there?  Here’s an outline of how to think about your goal so you can get started.

S=Specific (choose one very specific goal you’d like to attain – nothing general here)

M=Measurable (how can you measure, along the way, how you’re moving along towards your goal?)

A=Attainable (your goal needs to be an attainable one for you)

R=Realistic (the goal also needs to be a realistic one)

T=Time-frame (a specific, yet reasonable period of time)

Once you’ve plugged in the information for all the above, the next step is to develop an action plan.  Your action plan needs to be broken down into doable steps or pieces.  A qualified coach can help you go through this process successfully by partnering with you.  The process would include creating the S.M.A.R.T. goals together, continually reviewing them, helping to keep you on track, providing motivation when you’re getting bogged down, offering suggestions you may not have thought of, and being there for accountability.  Its a SMART team effort!

Coach Rhonda