Like so many people with ADHD, I do tend to procrastinate if I am not enjoying the task in hand. Even though my business is my life, there are some things about it which I don’t enjoy, keeping up with fee reminders and general administration duties being two of them. There are also things which I do enjoy, like writing a post for this blog, but may forget to do if I become distracted by something else, so I have included these kinds of tasks too.
After much thought, I came up with an idea to help stop me procrastinating in the mornings when I have to do these mundane jobs. I am a true tactile learner so wanted something which I had to physically do, as I am much more likely to follow through and complete something if there is a tactile element to it – The No-Procrastination Bottle (or NO-PRO-BO) was born!
This is a simple idea which could be used with children of all ages, as well as us adults. It isn’t just suitable for those with ADHD, as I can imagine it appealing to anyone who wants a fun and tactile way of organising their lives and making sure important jobs get done.
How To Make
What you will need: an empty bottle (preferably glass); different coloured ribbons tied into loops which will fit over the end of the bottle; paper; a pen or pencil
- Stand your bottle somewhere prominent where you will see it multiple times a day – mine is on my desk as I do all of my admin there.
- Decide how many activities you want to achieve each day; I have seven duties and I think this is a perfect number for an adult as it is relatively easily attainable on a daily basis. For children, I would limit to 5 activities. Ensure you have the correct number of ribbons for the amount of duties.
- Make a list of the activities you want to achieve each day, ensuring you colour-code each one with a specific ribbon. For example, my rainbow ribbon is linked to ‘writing a blog post’, a task which I enjoy, but also want to ensure I achieve every day without fail. Place the list next to the bottle or in very close proximity.
- When you complete an activity, place the specific coloured ribbon on the neck of the bottle; your aim is to have put all the ribbons on the bottle by the end of the day. I always give myself a treat (usually chocolate) if I complete all my activities!
- If you fail to complete an activity, ensure you understand the reason why and ensure this becomes a priority in future. Over time, you may have to re-write the list of duties as your life changes, but the ribbons can be used over and over again!
I hope you enjoy this little bottle – it really has enhanced my life! 🤩