Today I realized that it’s probably not a good system to just go by my feelings on Saturday morning (especially if I was out the night before).
I needed a way to find out where I’ve gone astray, and to discern the biggest time-wasters and distractions for the week. I wanted a strategy to steel myself against these saboteurs (or at least to mix ‘em up so I don’t get bored with the same ones all the time).
To accomplish these goals, I’ve created a handy End-of-the-Week ADHD Checklist to measure the week’s progress.
Feel free to use, adapt, or modify it for yourself (this one is created for the home-office environment).
Did I have a game plan for the week?
1 ) Yes, every day was mapped out.
2 ) No, I flew by the seat of my pants.
3 ) Yes but I couldn’t find it.
Did I stick to a daily schedule?
1 ) Yes.
2 ) No, I fell behind and did 2/3 of Monday’s work on Tuesday; none of Tuesday’s work on Wednesday; and abandonned my schedule altogether on Thursday and Friday in lieu of going for an overnight trip to my ex-boyfriend’s. By mistake.
3 ) Yes, I followed every day in the right order: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Did I check my daily planner every day?
1 ) Yes.
2 ) Yes. But there was nothing written on it for the week so I missed 3 appointments, 2 bill payments, and a movie night with my (ex)best friend.
3 ) Yes, but unfortunately I was bookmarked on the wrong week.
Did I put off answering important e-mails?
1 ) No.
2 ) Only the ones I’m going to pretend I didn’t receive.
3 ) Who uses e-mail any more?
Did I do something more fun in lieu of a mission-critical task?
1 ) No. All my work was super-fun this week.
2 ) Yes. But I apologized to my mission-critical tasks afterwards and promised to do better.
3 ) I refuse to answer that based on the fact that it may be incriminating to me and a number of other parties.
1 ) Kept to a reasonable minimum.
2 ) The bulk of my weekly activity.
3 ) Out-of-control. I’m thinking of unfriending and blocking myself.
1 ) Only the minimum, work-related activity.
2 ) Overspent time there, but it wasn’t my fault; there was a(n): a ) election debate; b ) an environmental disaster; c ) a virus planting 200 direct messages/hour I had to remove; d ) all of the above.
3 ) Out-of-control. I’m looking for a TA (Twitterers Anonymous) weekly meeting to attend.
Telephone interruption time?
1 ) Who uses the telephone anymore?
2 ) Kept it to a minimum by hanging up on telemarketers.
3 ) Spent way too much time on the phone with friends (see Procrastination)
In-person interruption time?
1 ) No. No one dropped by unannounced this week.
2 ) Moderate. I only let in friends who arrived with the following bribes: apple pie, alcohol, or a housewarming gift.
3 ) No. I made sure I was away from my office as much as possible. Now that I think of it, that might not have been the best strategy…
Did I pay bills that were due on time?
1 ) Yes.
2 ) Some.
3 ) No, I couldn’t. I forgot to send out invoices and/or made some impulsive purchases and/or accidentally took some time off from work to do fun stuff. (in short: I was broke)
Did I send out invoices in a timely manner?
1 ) Yes.
2 ) Some.
3 ) No, but I’m going to add a late penalty because they’re already overdue. That makes accounting sense, right?
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I think I’ve covered the main items that keep me from having a productive week. I hope you find this checklist helpful in your own attempts to outrun your ADHD symptoms and earn yourself some time off.
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Last reviewed: 3 Nov 2012