Let's Talk About Schedules!
Agile (or Scrum) is a project managing method that software and app developers use to deliver a working product quickly to their customers that they intend to improve with frequent updates. Because it's meant to be quick and ever-changing I think it works well with ADHD. It gives us a great framework to start from and lets us see our schedule as a "Test" rather than a pass/fail chore list. We are constantly learning and adapting, which means that we need to have a schedule designed to adapt, too.
How Long do we schedule for?
In Agile they have something called a "Sprint" which lasts between one week and one month. For our daily lives, we'll have it stick to one week. Each "Sprint" has four stages, the Plan, Build, Test, and Review stages. They sound intuitive, and for computer programming, they are. My adaptation requires a little more explanation, but it follows the same principals.
How Do We Break It Up?
Plan (Day 1, Part 1)- This is where we brainstorm tasks, find out how long they take, and group them into routines for efficiency. We also decide what their priority level is.
Build (Day 1, Part 2)- This is where we move our routines and task groups into our schedule.
Test (Days 2-6)- This is where we actually go through our week and see how well the schedule works. You will probably find things that need small changes, or learn new things about your day. Even if you have a rough week, we can see where our "experiment" went wrong.
Review (Day 7)- This is where we think about our week as an outside observer and come up with new ideas to make the next one better. If you get stressed at a certain time of day or find that you have things next to each other that don't seem to mesh, this is where we can tweak small pieces of our schedule to make everything more efficient.
With all of this in mind, it's important to know that your schedule will get better and easier over time. Each time we go through a step it will be easier and faster than the last time we did it.