Is this you too? Bouncing from one task to another until the day is done and very little if anything has been accomplished? You start one project and then another one catches your attention (that might be easier or less tedious), so you move to that one and the whole sequence just keeps repeating itself. This behavior can be even more pronounced if you work at home or by yourself.
Not to worry. Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder or AAADD is not a real disease but just a typical practice among people in all phases of life. Here’s seven basic tips to keep us on course. They’re from career management trainer and author Yun Siang Long. (His article on the subject provides more instruction.)
1. Practice Time Management at Work
2. Get the Small Tasks Out of the Way
3. Take Short Breaks
4. Start Early
5. Prevent Procrastination: Do it Now
6. Stop the Pantry Chats and Cigarette Break Banter
7. Improve Your Productivity: Attack the Hate to Do List
Maryl favors Rules #2 and 4: If I get up early, like 6am, check off a few of the simpler tasks on my to-do list right away, I’m on a roll then for the rest of the morning at least. And don’t let other’s to-dos creep onto your list. Your family can run their own errands.
Caryl makes her own rules: I promise myself a treat - like reading fiction for an hour - if I’ve tackled a critical task. I’m still learning not to give myself the reward first though. And I’ll have more for you…..once I find my keys and glasses and maybe pay a few bills or not.