Managing your time may sound easy, but there are a number of pitfalls that people routinely run into. If you have ADHD or ADD, you may find that staying on task is difficult, and avoiding these pitfalls may save you a lot of time, energy, money and give you a little peace of mind.

Sleep Easy

Getting enough sleep is essential to proper mental focus and concentration. A tired mind accomplishes less, whether you have ADD or not. For those with ADD, however, lack of sleep can be catastrophic.

Ideally, you should get at least 8 hours of sleep. In a way, it’s a vicious circle; the less sleep you have, the less you get done, the more you worry, and as a consequence, the less sleep you’re likely to get. Your body and mind need to rejuvenate, and the majority of that rejuvenation takes place while you sleep.

Concentrate on One Task at a Time

Multi-tasking is overrated. Your mind can only focus entirely on one thing at a time. It’s better to do one thing well, than four things poorly. Many people who have ADD get side tracked by other projects. As a consequence, they lose focus and nothing gets done. Instead, try to remain focused on one task at a time, and always do the best job possible.

Eat Right

If you have ADD, as I do, it’s very easy to lose track of time and forget to eat. This is a dangerous practice. Without the proper Vitamins, your body doesn’t function properly, making concentration nearly impossible. In order to function at optimum levels, you should be eating 4-5 small meals per day. If you can’t remember, try setting an alarm of some sort to remind you.

Do the Hard Tasks First

Let’s imagine that you have a list of chores that need to be done today. Instead of doing the easy ones first, try doing the difficult ones. Let’s face it, anyone, no matter whether you have ADD or not, can get fatigued after doing multiple tasks. It’s human nature. Your focus is sharpest when you start out in the morning, so getting those difficult tasks out of the way is a great way of getting more done in a day.

Follow the above tips to get the most out of your day. It’s important to manage your time effectively, if you want to be successful in almost any area of your life.

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