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ADD / ADHD SmartPlanner Introduction

Overview of some of the major  areas in the ADD / ADHD SmartPlanner:

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Unlike computers, it is difficult for us to manage small details spread about in our notes or heads. The Monthly Calendar offers a big picture visual of what project due dates, celebrations, vacations, etc. are coming up. Daily Planning is more targeted and it’s possible to meet my deadlines.  Don’t lose sight of or get lost in the details.

Like computers, we have brain RAM (memory) and when our available RAM gets low, we forget and/or lose data.  So we need an extra Brain Backup system for managing our tasks and activities.  The Brain Backup remembers for us, keeps things from falling through the cracks and helps with overwhelm.

Like computers, we have a brain hard drive that needs to be mapped out or you end up with undesirable results.  However, unlike a computer, our brain requires DAILY mapping to promote conscious navigation of each day.  Daily planning with the Daily Planning Map is an essential activity - even if we choose to not follow it at times. It’s more about being able to make choices instead of floating.

UN-Like computers, we cannot be automatically scheduled to engage in an activity. So, we develop “habits” or “routines” over time that eventually become automatic with practice.  The Ideal Week gets us started with simplicity - how we would like our days to go if everything was ideal.  Keeping in mind it’s also important to be flexible and make wise choices in the moment.

Like computers, we want to be efficient & effective.  Planning into the future is especially important for timeliness and follow through.  We need an operating system that encourages us to remain focused on our goals and  responsibilities.  The weekly planning involves looking ahead 1- 1.5 weeks to create blocks of time specific activities and appointments.

Like computers, we want to be efficient and effective.  So we need an operating system that encourages us to remain focused on our goals — long term as well as short term.  In addition, the system provides a mechanism for goals to funnel-down into individual doable tasks with the "Goals Dissector".

UN-Like computers, we have exciting and beneficial creativity that results in lots of Ideas.  So we need a special place to backup these ideas before we forget or misplace them.  It also prevents getting them mixed up with our daily tasks/activities and/or our goals.

UN-Like computers, we cannot be automatically scheduled to engage in an activity and we need a way to measure our progress as we develop “habits” or “routines”. Tracking progress has been scientifically proven to increase success  with new systems/habits/behaviors .

Computers can remember everything entered onto it’s hard drive.  We need systems to help us remember some types of information.  The area behind the Information tab helps us keep information handy.

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