Do you have trouble following through on your goals? You’re not alone. Many adults with ADHD struggle to achieve their goals. But there are steps you can take to make it easier. Here are four tips that can help you get started.
Step 1: Pick What Type of Goal You Want to Set
- Short-term Goals
It can be difficult to set and achieve goals when you have adult ADHD. However, by taking some specific steps, you can increase your chances of success. One important step is to break your goal down into smaller, more manageable parts. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you could focuses on eating healthy meals and exercising for thirty minutes each day. Another key step is to create a timeline for your goal. This will help you to stay on track and avoid getting overwhelmed.
- Long-term Goals
Setting goals is an important part of any success plan, but it can be especially difficult for someone with ADHD. While it’s important to set both short- and long-term goals, long-term goals are especially important for people with ADHD. Why? Because they provide a sense of direction and purpose. Having a long-term goal gives you something to strive for, even on days when it feels like you’re not making any progress. It can also help to prevent you from becoming overwhelmed by short-term tasks and motivate you to keep moving forward.
So what constitutes a long-term goal? A good long-term goal is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. In other words, it’s a goal that you can realistically achieve within a specific timeframe. For example, a long-term goal for someone with ADHD might be to complete a degree program within five years. This goal would be specific (completing a degree), measurable (finishing all coursework within five years), achievable (attending school full or part-time), relevant (choosing a degree program that interests you), and time-bound (setting a deadline of five years).
- Lifetime Goals
A lifetime goal is a goal that you set for yourself that you want to achieve before you die. For example, a lifetime goal could be to become a doctor or to get a job in a certain field.
Lifetime goals can benefit someone with adult ADHD in several ways. First, having a goal to work towards can help to motivate you and keep you focused. Second, achieving a lifetime goal can give you a sense of accomplishment and pride. Finally, reaching a lifetime goal can help to improve your self-esteem and confidence. Ultimately, setting and achieving lifetime goals can be beneficial for anyone, but especially for those with adult ADHD.
- Health and Fitness Goals
Having health and fitness goals can benefit anyone, but it can be especially helpful for those with adult ADHD. Exercise has been shown to improve focus and concentration, which can be helpful in managing ADHD symptoms. Furthermore, being physically active can help to reduce stress and anxiety, both of which are common among adults with ADHD. And finally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can improve overall well-being and quality of life. So if you’re looking for ways to manage your ADHD symptoms, setting some health and fitness goals may be a good place to start.
- Career Goals
A career goal is a specific target that a person sets for themselves, usually related to their professional life. For example, someone might set the goal of becoming a doctor, or starting their own business. While these goals may seem impossible to achieve at first, setting and working towards a career goal can help to focus and motivate someone with ADHD.
Working towards a career goal can provide a sense of accomplishment and pride. Whether someone with ADHD eventually achieves their goal or not, the process of working towards it can be beneficial in many ways.
- Family Goals
Some examples of family goals that could be helpful for someone with ADHD include:
-Making time for daily family meals
-Establishing a regular bedtime routine
-Scheduling regular family outings or activities
-Creating a weekly chore schedule
-Limiting screen time to certain hours of the day
-Encouraging physical activity every day
These are just a few examples, but the important thing is to set goals that are realistic and achievable. Family members can work together to come up with goals that will help everyone in the household to lead happier and healthier lives, especially those dealing with adult ADHD.
Step 2: Plan Your Goal
When you have decided what type of goal you want to set, you will next need to plan that goal. This can be difficult for people with adult ADHD as it’s hard to envision and plan for a goal. However, it is possible by breaking the goal down into actionable steps that are easy to follow. For example, if your goal is to get healthy and fit, your action steps might be as follows;
- Joining a gym
- Hiring a personal trainer
- Creating a meal plan
Having simple, easy-to-understand, and actionable steps is key to making sure that you understand what is required to achieve your goal so you can immediately start to create the tasks needed to achieve each step.
By taking small, manageable steps towards your goal, you increase the chances of success. And remember to be flexible – if one method isn’t working, don’t be afraid to try something else. The important thing is to keep moving forward towards your goal.
Step 3: Take Action
So, you have decided on your goal and created a simple action plan. What’s next? It is time to take action! This is the most important part of achieving your goal, but it can also be the most difficult. When you have adult ADHD, it can be hard to focus and stick with a task until it is completed.
See below list of how to make sure you to action on your goals and beat the ADHD mind:
1. Start small. Don’t try to accomplish too much at once. Break your goals down into smaller, more manageable pieces.
2. Set deadlines. Having a timeline for your goal will help you stay on track and motivated.
3. Find an accountability partner. Knowing that someone else is counting on you to reach your goal can be a great motivator.
4. Make it fun. Find ways to make achieving your goal enjoyable. For example, if your goal is to exercise more, find an activity that you actually enjoy doing.
5. Keep it simple. The simpler your goal, the easier it will be to achieve. Try to avoid setting goals that are too complex or overwhelming.
The above steps can go a long way in making sure that you stick to your tasks and do the work required to achieve the goals you have step out, remember achieving goals with adult ADHD will be a struggle for anyone with the disorder but nothing beats taking action as without this process how is it possible to achieve your goal?
Step 4: ALWAYS Remember The Outcome
When you’re setting a goal, it’s important to keep the outcome in mind. This will help keep you motivated as you work towards your goal. It’s also important to remember that achieving a goal takes time and effort. You might not see results immediately, but if you keep working at it, you’ll eventually reach your goal. And once you’ve reached your goal, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that will make all the hard work worth it. So when you’re setting a goal, remember to keep the outcome in mind.
This will help ensure that you stay motivated and continue doing everything necessary to achieve your goal with adult ADHD.