This month, I’ve focused on how setting goals can be challenging for those with ADHD. There are reasons why this is the case. However, it is still possible for us to do this.
So, to wrap up this month’s topic, I want to discuss things that ADHDers can do to help them set goals, figuring out how we can achieve them, and making sure we stick with it.
First off, I think the best place to start is take time and look at yourself. Think about your strengths, your successes, interests, what is important to you, just to name a few things to consider. I know it can be tricky to try and find your strengths as it can be so easy to focus on the negative, our struggles, and such. However, we all have strengths and successes. Focus on the positive.
Once you’ve taken time to think these things over, setting a goal that you want to work on. Based on what you’ve thought about on the previous point, it should be something that you feel you can achieve, something that would make you happy.
Write down the goal. Then break it down into smaller tasks. Small, manageable and realistic tasks. Breaking the goal into small tasks will help make it feel less overwhelming and feel more possible to achieve. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, looking at the big picture, especially when ADHD is involved. So breaking it down can help.
Now, I know this isn’t always the easiest thing to do someone with ADHD. It can be challenging to get motivation, or holding ourselves accountable, or staying on track, just to name a few. It can also be really easy to forget about the goals.
Make sure you have your goals somewhere where you’ll see it every day. So that, when you see it, you’ll be reminded of the goals you have set.
For some, having an accountability partner makes a huge difference and helps people with reaching their goals. It could be your spouse, a close friend, coach, anyone you know will support you in reaching your goals.
There are definitely plenty of ways to help us achieve our goals. It might sometimes feel like the most impossible task, but it’s not. Find what works for you. Find someone to support you. And celebrate every little success along the way, no matter how little or big.