Time management is critical when it comes to work. The success of a workplace is reliant on staff getting to working on time, managing their work tasks according to timelines and doing quality work. As an adult with ADHD time management will be an area that you need to be aware of to ensure you keep your job and are able to manage all aspects of your life.
Setting a routine is the best way to help you manage time. All of us have routines that we have developed over time. Many of us have these routines in our head and pull them from the filing cabinet in our brains quickly, while other people have their routines written down or stored electronically to help them.
If you haven’t had this level of structure in place before and you now think this may help you, here are some things to think about:
- What do I need to do first thing in the morning
- Do I have a family to organise as well as myself
- Can I get some things ready the night before or do I set an alarm 15 minutes earlier to give me some extra time
- Are my electronic devices charged and ready for the day
- What is my morning routine
- How do I manage my work tasks
- Have I created a schedule for sections of my day so I can manage better
- What do I do when things don’t go to plan
- What routines for after work have I put in place so I am not stressed about this during the day
These are just a few considerations to help you think about and organise your day. There will be essential things that will need to happen during the working week and others that can be put off until the weekend. You need to prioritise your list of things to do so your work life and home are manageable. Remember everyone has to manage their time and you need to be aware of your ADHD symptoms and put strategies into place to help yourself.