We all hear about the importance of establishing measurable goals as a way to track progress and achieve success. There’s even the acronym S.M.A.R.T. that identifies the characteristics of an effective goal – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.
While this approach may succeed for many, what happens when it doesn’t? In working with adults with ADHD, talk of goals can elicit sighs of exasperation. I hear, “My mind doesn’t work in a linear fashion like that,” or “How can I know what I want in a year, when I can’t figure out what to do today?”
The very act of defining goals with such precision presents challenges. Those executive functioning skills required to identify objectives, prioritize and decide on plans are impacted by ADHD. Trying to make headway in this typical manner can be plain overwhelming. There‘s often added frustration from recalling past attempts that didn’t pan out.[…] Continue Reading