Map It Out
You're late to work (again), behind on a project, or can't remember the action points from the last meeting. If you're one of the roughly 10 million U.S. adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can be a constant challenge to stay on task.
Anthony Rostain, M.D., professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, says you can get distracted by external stimuli like noise or internal stimuli like daydreaming; these different distractions require different coping strategies, he explains.
Here's how to pinpoint your weaknesses and 10 strategies for getting the job done:
In a day chock-full of appointments, odds are good you'll forget to pick up the dry cleaning on the way home.
A study in the journal Science found that the human brain can handle two complicated tasks simultaneously. Add a third, though, and the brain can't keep up. People lose track of one of the original tasks and begin making errors, the study found.
No need to keep it all in your head. In the morning, map out your day, including errands, and refer to your "road map" throughout the day, Richmand suggests. It helps to visualize your plan like athletes do before a big game, she adds.