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Getting Things Done - Tips from someone with ADHD and OCD

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I've had ADHD and OCD my entire life, but didn't get diagnosed with it until I was 33. Up to that point, I struggled as a developer to get things done. This talk is all about the tips, tricks, and techniques I used to get things done. From managing your time, prioritizing, and being a better leader, this talk is full of the things I still use on a daily basis to overcome having both ADHD and OCD.

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Getting Things Done - Tips from someone with ADHD and OCD

  1. 1. GETTING THINGS DONE Tips from someone with ADHD and OCD with Jason Lotito
  2. 2. TAKE DRUGS
  3. 3. THANKS Questions? Review at joind.in/13205 @jasonlotito
  4. 4. NO, BUT SERIOUSLY
  5. 5. @JASONLOTITO@GMAIL.COM
  6. 6. MY ADHD & OCD Part Zero
  7. 7. FOUND OUT I HAD ADHD & OCD AT 33
  8. 8. A LITTLE ABOUT MY OCD
  9. 9. 5
  10. 10. BALANCE 5 is a balanced number
  11. 11. This is OCD. 24/7 It’s not just making sure your code lines up straight. #lolocd
  12. 12. OCD MEANS I WANT IT DONE “THE RIGHT WAY” We’ll talk about yak shaving later.
  13. 13. A LITTLE ABOUT MY ADHD
  14. 14. OH SHINY!
  15. 15. WHAT’S IT LIKE WITH OCD AND ADHD?
  16. 16. OCD Do it perfectly.
  17. 17. OCD Do it right. ADHD Yak shaving!
  18. 18. OCD Do it right. ADHD Yak shaving! OCD Interruptions? We can’t do it right now. Give up.
  19. 19. OCD Do it right. ADHD Yak shaving! OCD Interruptions? We can’t do it right now. Give up. ADHD Good, let’s do something else. Reddit!
  20. 20. I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG AT 33 I DECIDEDTO GET TESTED
  21. 21. THERAPY AND MEDICATION FORTHE OCD AND ADHD
  22. 22. THERAPY TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT MYSELF Things I already knew, but didn’t understand.
  23. 23. MOST IMPORTANTTHING IS YOU NEEDTO HAVE SELF-AWARENESS
  24. 24. QUANTIFIED SELF Part One
  25. 25. MOSTTENDTO OFFER SOLUTIONS BEFORE UNDERSTANDING INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS.
  26. 26. –Donald Knuth “We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil.Yet we should not pass up our opportunities in that critical 3%”
  27. 27. THE KEYTO GETTINGTHINGS DONE IS UNDERSTANDING WHAT PREVENTSYOU FROM DOINGTHEM.
  28. 28. TODO LIST 1. Make todo list. 2. Mark off step 1. 3. Do real big project
  29. 29. EVERY USE ONE OFTHESE? “Look at that leather and that handmade quality, that will definitely help me get things done.”
  30. 30. EVER READTHIS? It’s a good system.
  31. 31. NOT GETTINGTHINGS DONE IS A SYMPTOM, NOT A PROBLEM.
  32. 32. THE FIRST STEP IS UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF.
  33. 33. I’M NOT A DOCTOR, AND EVEN IFYOU ARE, DON’T SELF-DIAGNOSE. Side Note
  34. 34. ANALYZE WHATYOU DO WHENYOU DON’T GET THINGS DONE
  35. 35. RECOMMENDED Easy to use, inexpensive, works
  36. 36. RESCUETIME
  37. 37. RESCUETIME • Are you a morning or afternoon person?
  38. 38. RESCUETIME • Are you a morning or afternoon person? • How much work are you actually doing?
  39. 39. RESCUETIME • Are you a morning or afternoon person? • How much work are you actually doing? • Interruptions
  40. 40. RESCUETIME • Are you a morning or afternoon person? • How much work are you actually doing? • Interruptions • Focused on you, not clients/employees
  41. 41. WHAT DID I LEARN FROM RESCUETIME?
  42. 42. WHAT DID I LEARN FROM RESCUETIME? • I work best in the afternoon.
  43. 43. WHAT DID I LEARN FROM RESCUETIME? • I work best in the afternoon. • Emails, chat, and notifications would interrupt frequently
  44. 44. WHAT DID I LEARN FROM RESCUETIME? • I work best in the afternoon. • Emails, chat, and notifications would interrupt frequently • People would interrupt as well
  45. 45. WHAT DID I LEARN FROM RESCUETIME? • I work best in the afternoon. • Emails, chat, and notifications would interrupt frequently • People would interrupt as well • Meetings
  46. 46. WHAT DID I LEARN FROM RESCUETIME? • I work best in the afternoon. • Emails, chat, and notifications would interrupt frequently • People would interrupt as well • Meetings • Interruptions would usually take me up 20 minutes to get back to work
  47. 47. INTERRUPTIONS
  48. 48. INTERRUPTIONS • Already interrupted, I’d use the time to do other things
  49. 49. INTERRUPTIONS • Already interrupted, I’d use the time to do other things • Coffee
  50. 50. INTERRUPTIONS • Already interrupted, I’d use the time to do other things • Coffee • Reddit
  51. 51. INTERRUPTIONS • Already interrupted, I’d use the time to do other things • Coffee • Reddit • Chat
  52. 52. I’D ALSO SHAVE YAKS
  53. 53. “MULTITASK”
  54. 54. FEAR
  55. 55. I KNOW WHAT I DO WHEN NOT DOING WHAT I WANT TO DO
  56. 56. BEING AWARE OF WHAT I DO HELPS ME PLANTO AVOID NOT DOING WHAT I DO
  57. 57. PLANS PartTwo
  58. 58. WHAT STOPPED ME • Alerts and Emails • Meetings • People • Yak Shaving • Multitasking • FEAR
  59. 59. KNOWINGTHIS,WE CAN DEVELOP STRATEGIESTO OVERCOMETHEM
  60. 60. ALERTS & EMAILS
  61. 61. ALERTS & EMAILS Turn off notifications
  62. 62. ALERTS & EMAILS Turn off notifications Emails are not emergencies
  63. 63. MEETINGS
  64. 64. MEETINGS Schedule time when you work best
  65. 65. MEETINGS Schedule time when you work best Plan other disrupting things around meetings
  66. 66. MEETINGS Schedule time when you work best Plan other disrupting things around meetings Do you really need to be there?
  67. 67. MEETINGS Schedule time when you work best Plan other disrupting things around meetings Do you really need to be there? Schedule meetings for half the time
  68. 68. PEOPLE
  69. 69. PEOPLE “One moment”
  70. 70. PEOPLE “One moment” Require they work for the request
  71. 71. PEOPLE “One moment” Require they work for the request Schedule the request for tomorrow
  72. 72. PEOPLE “One moment” Require they work for the request Schedule the request for tomorrow Deflect or Delegate
  73. 73. YAK SHAVING
  74. 74. YAK SHAVING Stop when you realize it
  75. 75. YAK SHAVING Stop when you realize it Get it done first
  76. 76. MULTITASKING
  77. 77. MULTITASKING Stop when you realize it
  78. 78. MULTITASKING Stop when you realize it Usually a result of other issues failing
  79. 79. MULTITASKING Stop when you realize it Usually a result of other issues failing Resort to other plans of action
  80. 80. FEAR
  81. 81. FEAR Don’t start the big project, do the first step.
  82. 82. FEAR Don’t start the big project, do the first step. Talk to someone else about it.
  83. 83. FEAR Don’t start the big project, do the first step. Talk to someone else about it. Get something working without architecting it.
  84. 84. SPECIFIC PLANS AREN’T IMPORTANT THESE ARE MY PLANS THEY WORK FOR ME
  85. 85. Working Done
  86. 86. Working DoneInterruption
  87. 87. Working Done Interruption Not Done
  88. 88. Working Done Interruption Not Done
  89. 89. Working Done Interruption Not Done Plan
  90. 90. YOU NEED SELF-AWARENESS TO PLAN
  91. 91. HAVING A PLAN MEANS YOU’LL INSTINCTIVELY DO WHATYOU SHOULD DO
  92. 92. MORETIPS &TRICKS THAT WORK FOR ME TO GETTHINGS DONE PartThree
  93. 93. TRY ONE PLAN AT ATIME
  94. 94. SCHEDULE THINGS INYOUR CALENDAR
  95. 95. WRITE DOWN NOTES
  96. 96. WRITE DOWN NOTES ON PAPER
  97. 97. DELEGATETO SOMEONE
  98. 98. COMPILE A DONE IT LIST
  99. 99. SCHEDULE RECURRING TASKS
  100. 100. AUTOMATE ANYTHING YOU DOTWICE
  101. 101. TURNS PLANS INTO HABITS
  102. 102. HABITS ARE PLANS THATYOU FREQUENTLY DO • When you want to do something, your plan is to schedule time • Do this enough, and your habit will be to schedule things you want to do
  103. 103. ACCEPTTHATYOU WILL FAIL
  104. 104. SUCCESS IS REALLY JUST OVERCOMING FAILURES BETWEENVICTORIES
  105. 105. YOU CAN’T BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT ALSO BEING A FAILURE
  106. 106. SO WHEN YOU FAIL, IT’S REALLY JUST A SIGNTHAT YOU ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO SUCCESS
  107. 107. I KNOWTHIS SOUNDS LIKE MAGIC FAIRY DUST BUT REMEMBER…
  108. 108. THE KEY IS UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF
  109. 109. ANALYZE WHATYOU DO WHENYOU DON’T GET THINGS DONE
  110. 110. ANDTAKE DRUGS
  111. 111. THANKS Questions? Review at joind.in/13205 @jasonlotito

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