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How to Get Things Done Without Getting Bogged Down

What's keeping you from crossing things off your to-do list? Learn how to get things done with these solutions to everyday productivity problems that slow down people with ADHD.

10 Comments: How to Get Things Done Without Getting Bogged Down

  1. This is all about starting and finishing, but I’m a disaster with following up or re-opening cases.

    The idea of “voice memos” for instance, works great for creating one enormous archive of things I’ll never listen to again. And it will definitely become overwhelming once I do. In my mind, I’ve “finished” the task by saving it somewhere or by e.g. replying to mail inquiries. I’ve found myself saying: “I’ll make sure to check that later”, writing it down or saving it somewhere in my notes, never to ever look back.

    Any tips?

  2. Suggestion to the editors…..maybe don’t put text links in your article before you even arrive at the meat of it? Links under each bullet point I understand, so you can get a little more in-depth on something that you’re interested in trying. But I got distracted only a few paragraphs in, on a paragraph talking about how distraction prevents you from focusing on the important things. Don’t get bogged down? Sure, sure, I’ll get to that in a sec, but high-protein breakfast options?? Let’s look at those now! I was just thinking yesterday of something like this, let’s see what else there is to learn!

  3. While these are all mostly helpful suggestions, I have a major problem with the suggestion of just understanding you’ll need more time, so add a percentage extra to what you are doing. This may work in your personal life, but it’s not a realistic option in professional life. Employers aren’t going to hire and keep someone who always needs additional time than everyone else to do everything. I honestly don’t think that there is a solution to that.

  4. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I felt kind of overwhelmed reading this. Such great ideas here that I’d love to try, but that old dread, and the thought of, “But I HATE doing stuff,” threatens to creep up and take over all other thoughts of possibly doing stuff.

  5. I can’t even normally finish reading an email. If a blog etc doesn’t come as an audio I often can’t take in the info. I get distracted so easily. The other night I was heating something up on the stove for tea and got distracted and 90 minutes later discovered it all burnt in the pan. Thankfully I had the burner on low. How on earth can someone forget they were making a meal? Well I did. Ive never found how to get through my to do list. I must say though that I try to get these Additude emails read and the talks listened to and the info has helped especially in letting me know I’m not alone in my struggles to do things many people find simple. I’m not so hard on myself now. I’ve learnt guilt and punishing myself won’t help me get things done.

    1. @fiona.fiona.scheibel

      I have to use a timer in the Kitchen (though it doesn’t help that I love in the basement, and the kitchen is upstairs…) Totally normal for those of us with adult ADHD.

      PS. I discovered Wunderlist is perfect for me. so simple…AND I can brain dumb all the things I need to do to get them out of my head super-easy (both at home and outside) 🙂 [It’s free]

  6. I read through a few paragraphs about getting bogged down in info on the internet. I clicked through to the link for Dragon Dictation.

    Went so far down the rabbit hole, 2 1/2 hours later I noticed the tab and remembered I was reading this article.

    The struggle is real.

    1. @newjersey.laura

      ME THREE!! I researched several things before obsessively coming back to this tab to finish this article.
      Kinda funny because this article is ACTUALLY helpful!!

      1. I sometimes look for the right words to accomplish the proper meaning of my assignment. The article was very helpful actually to everyone. Distractions are part of everyday life. In many ways, and forms actually on-line in social media now. I read a newspaper now to check the difference of how people reason, and to fact check the Washington Post, N.Y. Times over Facebook, or Twitter. It’s just one of the ways I try to exercise my memory, along with exercise in a gym.

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