Getting Things Done with ADHD

Hello friends,

I'm super excited to share the latest episode of the ADHD Nerds podcast with Scotty Jackson!

Scotty is a productivityist and podcaster who recently was diagnosed with ADHD. He's a big believer in David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology, and we talk about if GTD is compatible with ADHD, and how best to make it work.

I think one of the most important things I've learned about my ADHD is that some things just don't work for my brain... and that's okay.

For a long time, I tried to force GTD to work for me and it just never seemed to click long-term. I always got too caught up building elaborate systems to manage my tasks, and never stuck to just the fundamentals.

I wanted my system to be perfect, but I spent so much time building it up that I ran out of energy to actually use it.

It was like I wanted a bonfire, so I spent hours and hours perfectly stacking and laying out all the firewood and kindling and everything, but then I didn't have a match or lighter to start the flame, so the whole exercise was pointless.

Since being diagnosed with ADHD, I've learned that I can't just try harder or expect willpower to show up to start that fire of motivation.

I need something specific to help spark that motivation.

In the past, I've called these the 4 Cs of Motivation, and really these are the Motivation Sparks that help drive me forward. The sparks that start the flame that build my motivation.

Captivate, Create, Compete, Complete. I need to find a way to make something captivating, creative, competitive, or with a looming completion deadline to spark that motivation.

After my conversation with Scotty, I'm giving GTD another go, this time using Motivation Sparks to help with the journey.

I might even build a tagging system to help me keep those sparks in mind... uh oh, there I go trying to build up the system before I'm using it again! If I find that GTD still isn't the system for me, that's okay.

But this time I'll be approaching it with my unique brain in mind.

In last week's newsletter, I talked about difficulties with sleep (especially Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome) and several people wrote in with some great tips! Several people mentioned doing your bedtime routine early and then attempting to unwind with non-screen activities like books. Someone suggested doing jigsaw puzzles and said they even found doing these on their phone to be helpful.

Thanks everyone for the feedback!

Stay focused,

Jesse J. Anderson

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📝 ADHD Burnout and Exhaustion​ ​ADHD burnout is common with ADHDers as we often pile more and more responsibilities on our plate to keep things interesting and moving forward. I also talked about ADHD Burnout with Trina Haynes on a recent episode of ADHD Nerds.