Thursday ScheduleApr 29, 2021
Thursday was much like Tuesday, without the gardening. I woke up with a fire under me to finish the copy for my new website. And I pretty much pushed everything else aside and banged that out... except I play a game with E and did his schedule with him. But again, the framework made for a productive day, despite it being changed quite a bit. I was in control. I decided what to work on. I was efficient and productive. WIN! Though you might not be able to tell that from first look at the schedule...
Wednesday ScheduleApr 28, 2021
Wednesday I had some clients and some appointments. So I was less aggressive with the schedule and ended up sticking more to it. Still a good day.
Tuesday Schedule - Off WeekApr 27, 2021
Amended: wrote about the wrong day...
Tuesday was was supposed to be the nicest day of the week. So I planned to spend a lot of the day doing the garden stuff that was on my agenda for the week. MOst of my morning was taken up in the garden. I did hit my two major daily goals of playing a game with my oldest for 45 minutes and doing / teaching his schedule with him. But a lot of the rest of my schedule was ad hoc as I was making good progress on my website redo. So I rolled with lots of changes.
Daily Scheduling, Part !Apr 26, 2021
If you are a regular reader you know that I post schedules from time to time to show how I think of time and tasks and how they interact. I don't use the schedule that often anymore since most of my days are filled with clients. But, when I am suffering from a very, very full plate and big chunks of free time, I use my tried and true scheduling techniques to maximize my productivity. Last week was a vacation week for my kids. I had both of them home on on Monday and My oldest home for the whole week but I had a tremendous amount to do. So I made schedules every day.
Actually, first I made a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish every day which included eating well, not drinking too much, playing a game with my son for at least 45 minutes, meditating, and some other stuff. And, I narrowed down some of the work projects I'd been saving for my off week into manageable chunks and looked at where they fit on my calendar. Then I went day by day with my schedule. I Think I'm going to try to post daily this week with my daily schedules from last week so you san see in real time (a week delayed) what I did to maximize my productivity.
As you can see from Monday's schedule, I got up late, got into my day late, and was behind from the the get go. I also made many a daily change to my schedule based on how I was feeling, what the weather was like, how priorities changed, etc. I didn't get everything done. But I got sooooo much more done and lowered my anxiety level so much compared to if I had rolled without a schedule.
Hopefully, my edits, in blue, give you some insight into my thought process as I go through my day. The schedule is a framework that I am free to adjust by choice or necessity as I see fit or as needed. Empower yourself to do the same.
Taking pills during the nightApr 19, 2021
Here's a bonus mid-week quickie. I often need some Ativan (lorazepam) to sleep. Sometimes I wake up with my brain on overdrive or one of my kids needs me and I can't get back to sleep and need to take some in the dark of my room in haze of not-sleep. I stick or glue something on to the top of my pill container so that I can easily find it in the dark. I used several things over time that have eventually fallen off. Currently I have this sweet googly eye that I can feel in the dark and/or see easily amongst my other pill bottles in my nightstand.
Progress is a ProcessApr 15, 2021
Progress is not a straight line. If that is your expectation, you will disappoint yourself. And, likely you will eventually stop trying to make progress. Setbacks, backsliding, and “relapses” are part of the progress. Three steps forward and two steps back exist as an aphorism for a reason. It is part of the human condition. We, as ADHDers, are no exception to that. In fact, we are double vulnerable because we crave and often expect instant gratification. But progress is a process. It does not happen in a day. It is rarely a smooth and rutt-free road.
This is triply true of ADHD humans who struggle with depression and anxiety. As a setback can trigger all the negative thoughts and feelings in our heads that send us deeper into a shame spiral and take us further away from the process of progress. I have learned over the years to judge my progress in many areas not by whether or not I fall off the proverbial horse, but by how quickly I get back on it.A bad week is better than a bad month. A bad day is better than a bad week. A bad morning when you can recover and have a good afternoon… well, that’s just not so bad at all.
So, be kind to yourself when you fall. Dust yourself off. And get right back up. Eventually, it’s worth considering why and how you fell, especially if it is a pattern. (Maybe talk to your coach about it.) But in that moment getting back to the process of progress is the biggest victory you can achieve.
Standard Disclaimer: In an effort to foil my own perfectionist tendencies, I do not edit my posts much… if at all. Please excuse and typos, mistakes, grammatical errors, or awkward phrasing. I focus on getting my content down. In my humble opinion, an imperfect post posted is infinitely better than a perfect post that goes unfinished.