Jillian Graham, LCSW on Feb 13, 2023
People with neurodiversity, including autism spectrum and ADHD, process things differently. The executive functioning system of the brain does not work in typical ways. This can be very frustrating for many, but there are ways to help if you take the time to understand how you function best. Here are some task completion strategies for those with neurodiversity:
Step 1: Name the problem (i.e., I have a problem with __________).
Step 2: Think about some things that may be getting in the way of getting things done.
Step 3: Take a nice deep breath and try not to judge or berate yourself — if you start diving into the negative thoughts, you will never be able to problem solve.
Step 4: Take a look at some of these helpful strategies or think of other "hacks" for working around your neurodiversity. Others may think they know what you need to do to get things done; however, maybe they don't really know what you need like you do. If you really want to get things done, you need to figure out the best way to get things done and be patient with yourself.
What are some barriers to task completion for people with neurodiversity?
Here are some strategies that may be helpful for hacking into your neurodiversity so you can get things done:
Establish familiar routines for tasks that need to be completed.
Identify how to get "in the zone." Ask yourself:
Getting things done can be hard, especially if you would rather be doing other things. People with neurodiversity may have great intentions to complete a task; however, they are always working around the different functioning of their brain. Know that there are ways to get things done if you take the time to get to know yourself and accept the way you function best.
Written By: Jillian Graham, LCSW
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