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How to Use Goaltracker to Help Your ADHD

Task Matching

If you indicated ADHD during registration, you will be given the ability to rate each task you add towards reaching your goals. Rating is optional and has been set up so that you can identify the level of concentration you require to complete a task to the best of your ability. Focus is rated from 0-10 (0=greatest focus, 10=least focus).

Consider the following as a demonstration of how task matching works. If you decide that you need to have a minimum focus level of 4 to effectively edit a paper you have written in a reasonable amount of time, you will indicate 4 when rating the task of editing. When you have completed the task you will be asked to identify the level of focus you actually experienced. A focus level of 4 or less would mean that you accomplished the task with an adequate amount of focus. If your level of focus was insufficient and you had difficulty editing, you experienced a focus level of at least 5 or greater.

Different tasks require different levels of focus. A level of 9 is often acceptable for researching and browsing the web because browsing is quick, immediately rewarding and constantly changing. Conversely, sitting through a boring meeting and actually participating (or appearing to be participating) will likely require a focus level of at least 4. Editing or reviewing previously completed work is also very difficult for students and adults with ADHD. A level of 3 or 2 is often required.

If you are a parent working with a younger child, please keep in mind that you may have to explain and teach the Task Match strategy to your child. One of the most important skills your child will need to win with ADHD is the ability to identify the amount of focus required for different activities. Over time you can review your progress and evaluate your ability to master this skill.