ADHD and New Years Resolutions (Part 3): Improving your Follow-Through

Welcome to Part 3 of our series on ADHD and New Years resolutions!

If you’re just joining us, last week we reviewed our list of commonly broken resolutions, and we left off by outlining two important criteria to consider when trying to follow-through on your own resolution:

  1. It needs to be clearly defined
  2. You need to plan for it

Let’s start with the idea of vague resolutions. Do you remember when we talked about SMART MAPS goals? Yes, they still exist…in the Springboard Clinic world. While you may have thought our little acronym was a passing fad, we stand by these criteria for defining goals. Because really, how can you work toward something if you’re not totally clear on the actual parameters of what you’re working toward?

If you need to work on more clearly defining your resolution, go check out our blog about SMART MAPS goals immediately, and then get back to us to talk abut planning. We’ll wait.

Okay, now let’s talk about planning. Yes, the dreaded p word. When it comes to ADHD, planning and organizing can be inherently difficult. Planning and organizing, however, will ultimately play the biggest role in connecting your good intentions to action. To be fair, when we talk about planning we don’t mean being rigid to the point of planning your day minute by minute – we just mean putting some forethought into your resolution so that it’s much more likely to get done.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Schedule it. The more you make your resolution a specific part of your day, the more likely it will happen. As we alluded to last week, leaving something to the moment often gives the ADHD mind too many opportunities to put it off and justify why you can do it ‘later’. So get it onto your calendar or up on that whiteboard and make it official.
  2. Start small. The last thing you want is to burnout at the get-go. Sure, you may be tempted to spend every single spare moment working toward your resolution, but how long can you realistically keep that up? Why not start small – even just 10-15 minutes of something once a week – and build from there.
  3. Adjust your expectations. While you may have visions of where you want to be right now, these things take time. You’re basically trying to implement a new part of your lifestyle with a resolution, so keep reminding yourself of this when you take those small steps.

So, whether you’re working on your resolution, gave up on it days ago, or didn’t have a resolution to start with, take these ideas as starting points for better following-through on your goals. When we catch up with you next week, we’ll follow-up by discussing some tips to keep your momentum going (or get it back)!

Next up: Maintaining (or Re-Gaining) Momentum

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