Everyone is guilty of giving up on some of their new year resolutions every now and then; however, if you’re an adult with ADHD, accomplishing your goals for the new year can be even more difficult and frustrating. This new year, we’ve put together some tips for setting goals that will help you overcome ADHD symptoms and be ready to take on your resolutions with confidence.
Set SMART Goals
While creating your goals, it’s important to make sure they are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. If your goal is to run a marathon, it’s easy to continue putting it off because of how vague and big of a task it seems. However, if your goal is to get your mile down to seven minutes by June 1st, it becomes a much more tangible objective, making it easier for you to really focus on achieving it.
Taking small steps helps break down goals into more manageable parts, which is especially useful when ADHD makes it hard to concentrate. If your ADHD causes you to be anxious or overwhelmed easily, SMART goals will help prepare you as your resolutions get bigger and bigger. Successfully reaching your goals in the beginning will build your confidence as you reach for higher achievements in the future.
Inattention is one of the most frequent ADHD symptoms, and it can be a serious issue when it comes to reaching your goals for the new year. Maybe you resolved to keep a neater and tidier house, but you reverted back to your previous ways after a few weeks of careful cleaning; or perhaps you wanted to focus more at work, but your mind still keeps wandering off at meetings. Finding motivation for fun and interesting goals is easy, but it’s important to apply this same motivation to more arduous or difficult tasks.
When setting goals, think about what really motivates you – for example, the motivation for keeping a cleaner house could be to improve your organization skills, and focusing more at work could lead to better office relationships or even a promotion. Focusing on what’s truly important to you will make hard goals easier to accomplish, and give you the extra push you need to overcome your inattention.
Prioritizing your goals is critical in order to successfully achieve them. Think about which goals are the most and least important to you, and write them down in order; physically writing each objective will considerably improve your memory, attention, and thought towards each goal. Having a set structure not only helps with organizing your resolutions, but also pushes you to really consider what each goal means to you.
As you continue to set goals, prioritizing them will help you learn about your values, motivations, and aspirations. Knowing these will make both creating and reaching objectives easier in the future, and lessen the impact that ADHD will have on your ability to concentrate and focus.
Having ADHD may make reaching your goals more difficult, but that only makes them all the more rewarding when you achieve them. This year, don’t let your ADHD get in the way of finally sticking to your resolutions.