If you have ADD or ADHD, like many neurotypical entrepreneurs, you know the struggle
of managing your time. It’s easy to get distracted, not feel like working on specific
projects, or get stuck in ADHD paralysis. However, even neurodivergence can be a
superpower and something manageable to better structure your time in a way that
works for you.
Here are six tips for managing your time as a neurodivergent entrepreneur and
using it to your advantage:
Always Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is essential for any businessperson, but especially for those living with
ADD or ADHD. Start by making a plan for the day and week ahead of time. This will
help you prioritize tasks, stay organized, and avoid getting sidetracked by unimportant
distractions. You can even use an electronic calendar system to help keep track of what
needs to be done each day.
Break Tasks into Manageable Chunks
Many people with ADHD or ADD become overwhelmed by large tasks, leading them to
procrastinate and often give up on the task. Breaking large projects into smaller pieces
makes them much easier to tackle. For example, instead of writing a business plan all at
once, break it down into smaller parts and focus on one step at a time. This makes it
much easier to stay focused and complete the project.
Getting organized is one of the best ways to ensure you use your time efficiently.
Ensure all your tasks have been broken down into small, manageable steps with
attached deadlines. This will help keep you on track and prevent procrastination by
allowing you to focus on what's next rather than worrying about the big picture.
Using a timer helps you stay focused and on task. It's easy to get distracted and lose
track of time when you have ADD or ADHD. Setting a timer to remind yourself when it's
time for the next task helps you stay on track and keeps your day moving forward
without getting sidetracked.
Plan to Procrastinate
While this may sound counterintuitive, planning to procrastinate is beneficial for those
with ADD or ADHD. Knowing you’ll take breaks throughout the day keeps you motivated
and on task. Make sure that your “procrastination” time is used wisely – plan productive
activities, like taking a quick walk or meditating.
Take Time to Recharge
It’s important to remember to take time for yourself, especially if you’re living with ADD
or ADHD. Taking a few minutes each day to relax and recharge will help reduce stress
and make it easier to focus when it comes time to get back to work. So, relaxing and
recharging your batteries is vital, whether getting some fresh air, reading a book,
painting, or even watching TV.
As a neurodivergent entrepreneur, managing your time is challenging, but when you
take the time to put the right strategies in place, you will succeed. With the proper tools,
resources, and attitude, your neurodivergence will become your greatest asset.