New Year’s Resolutions are all about making a commitment to improving our lives and ourselves. Losing weight and exercising more remain the top two resolutions made by US adults, and those are fine self-improvement goals. However, if you look at the trends for Americans who are increasingly overweight and in danger of becoming diabetics, it takes more than just a lofty promise to ourselves on New Year’s Eve to accomplish a goal. It takes a plan.
Not Just a Promise… A Plan!
For the more than 5 million Americans with ADHD, a list of resolutions may include plans to become more organized, procrastinate less, channel your excess energy, and reconnect with friends and loved ones. A top 10 list of New Year’s Resolutions may include:
Prioritize with a goal in mind
Starting each day without an agenda or plan of attack is a dangerous practice for those with ADHD. Spend the first 5-10 minutes of every workday to build a “Things to Do Today” list on an 8 x 11 sheet of paper in a notebook or binder, not on a post-it pad or scratch sheet of paper. First, prioritize your tasks. If you are not sure as to what is most important to accomplish, ask your supervisor or manager. If you are self-employed or in charge of a project, the best advice is to ‘follow the money’. Complete the critical tasks that lead to increased revenues, secured contracts, job security, and satisfied customers. Be sure to include on this page the resources or tools you need to get the job done, and the due date. And if you can’t complete a task within a given day or by the due date, make sure that it remains your priority until the task is complete. Setting milestones for completing more complex tasks will help with project management.
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