One Day at a Time: Why living this way is so important with ADHD

Many people with ADHD experience life from a “black and white” viewpoint.

I had a good day, or a bad day.
I was productive, or I struggled.
I am the life or the party, or I want to go home.

This type of thinking can get you feeling “stuck” when things don’t go exactly as planned. It can make it hard to evaluate yourself and your actions in a productive way.

So, if you have ADHD, and are in the midst of trying out a new year’s resolution (or two), check out these simple tips to help you stay on track:

OnDayAtATime Fbook1. Evaluate your goals and intentions daily.

Every morning wake up with a clear intention for your day. Use a whiteboard or a visual cue to help you keep it top of mind. Each evening, reflect about what went well, and examine anything you would like to change for tomorrow. Stay at this process and make it a ritual!

2. Pare down your goals.

Make a goal and then make it smaller. Momentum is so important with ADHD, so try to avoid making a step that is too big, and instead get energy by starting with small “tweaks” and then working up in stages. It can be easy to get stuck in feelings of failure and disappointment, so do your best to set yourself up for “doable” days.

3. Make sure your “goals” are your goals.

It can be easy to make a commitment that you think you “should” do, or you think someone in your life wants you to do. Be mindful about making sure the steps you work towards are ones that you really want to do, and that matter to you personally. Successful behaviour change has to come from within you.





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