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Mastering Affiliate Marketing Goals with ADHD: Practical Strategies for Success

Dennis Francis
5 min readMay 17


Achieving success in affiliate marketing requires dedication, focus, strategic planning, patience, and consistency of action. However, for individuals with ADHD, staying on task and hitting daily metrics can be a significant challenge.

ADHD — What’s That?

ADHD is a brain condition that affects how people manage their thoughts, emotions, and actions. It can make it tough for individuals to control their behavior, pay attention, stay organized, regulate their mood, concentrate, follow directions, and sit still.

Kids are typically diagnosed with ADHD during childhood, and it often continues into adulthood. There are effective treatments available to help manage the symptoms. If left untreated, ADHD can lead to significant challenges throughout a person’s life.

Goal Setting and ADHD

Let’s explore practical and actionable steps that affiliate marketers with ADHD can take to overcome these obstacles and achieve their goals. By incorporating strategies tailored to their unique needs, individuals with ADHD can enhance their productivity, maintain focus, and ultimately succeed in the competitive world of affiliate marketing.

Manageable Tasks

One of the first steps in achieving affiliate marketing goals with ADHD is breaking down larger objectives into smaller, more manageable tasks. By dissecting complex goals into bite-sized steps, individuals can maintain focus and experience a sense of accomplishment along the way.

This approach not only makes goals less overwhelming but also helps maintain motivation throughout the journey. For people with ADHD, what constitutes manageable is not the same as for neurotypical marketers.

To exacerbate matters, many people don’t realize that ADHD has a spectrum and often includes variants of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), bipolar disorder, and autism.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for designing a method for managing tasks. With that in mind, let’s look at the behavior modification strategies being used to help adults get through the day.

  • Establish the overall objective.
  • Break the goal into milestones.
  • Break the milestones into actionable steps.
  • Break those actionable steps into their scheduled tasks.
  • Track the scheduled tasks and check them off daily.

Focus on the schedule, and the goal will happen.

If this seems kind of like mental micromanagement, it is. Paying attention to this much detail will thrill some readers, and others will stop reading after the sixth paragraph.

Of Course, There’s a “But”

This strategy is sound, but it’s not the answer to the problem. Most productivity motivators miss the real issue with ADHD brains.

The real question is, “How do you maintain consistent action over long periods?” Let’s say, I decide to take up running, I may do the following:

  • Set a schedule for getting out there at 6:am
  • Build a spreadsheet for tracking my activity
  • Purchase a smart watch with a health monitor
  • Get my running shoes ready
  • Plan my system for gradually increasing my distance daily to reach my goal of running five miles a day.

I may have everything mapped out and get going on day one, two, three…

“Oh look! A proverbial fire to put out this early in the morning on day four!”

I’ve yet to see anyone in the behavior modification arena address the “day four” issue. Being able to stay consistent in action and purpose is the core challenge (not just for people with ADHD) when it comes to predicting success.

Building Habits with Rituals

In another post, I wrote about creating habits in a sneaky way (instead of relying on discipline) to get consistent actions going. Learning the process of creating habits can be very helpful.

For example, the life hack of making the bed as soon as you get up. Or washing your dishes immediately after eating. It’s not important what the simple task is as long as you make it a productive routine.

Getting your body to take the same simple action every day is the first step. The goal is to start with your imagination, and practice the action over and over. Get your emotions involved in the mental preparation.

Now link your dominant motivator (pleasure or pain) to your daily rehearsal. Do this before you even begin to take action. Athletes and musicians often master this mental and emotional skill in order to fast-track the mind-body connection that improves skills.

This step sounds simple, but it can be challenging. Your goal is to link a simple daily activity to your reward system. My go to is meditation. Start with daily mental stimulation and rehearsal, link it to motivation, and then take action.

Once you master the simple daily activity over time, you’re ready to move on to bigger things. There may be a temptation to jump ahead, (of course) but the goal is to perfect patience and persistence.

Now to Affiliate Marketing

Laying out the plan is the easy part. It’s a matter of choosing your channel(s), scratching out a content marketing campaign, and figuring out your daily actions to achieve your milestones.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say that you’re promoting a popular wellness brand and found that it’s a good fit for Pinterest. Since you already have your Pinterest account, you’ve optimized its components and are ready to establish your daily and weekly workflow. Establishing your milestones is just a matter of choosing the options that lead to success.

1) Create five short Pinterest videos for the week.
2) Ensure you are following 50–100 profiles every day (no skipping).
3) Publish two posts to your blog.
4) Create (500 x 750) px images for each (or outsource).
5) Create featured images for each post (800 x 450) px.
4) Research the ideas for four more posts. Outsource them or write them yourself.
5) Find 20–30 possible Group Boards
8) Post to your “Best of []” board. Upload your pin images for
each post to Pinterest. Write descriptions. Link back to each post.

The way that you make this work, is to apply your imagination to seeing the process daily before you start your day. Link success to the process and associate an emotional trigger that can help you take action.

Bonus Tip:

Find people who will help you stay accountable. If you’re outsourcing any part of your process, you’ll be more inclined to get moving and stick with a plan. Your money, time, or ego will be on the line.

Break it Down

To be fair to my fellow dis-orderlies, we do get stuff done. We all have different mechanisms for balancing our dopamine/norepinephrine needs. These two hormones seem to be chemicals of interest in the minds of researchers.

For some of us, it requires medication. Others do it the hard way. Once you figure out how your brain works to influence your behavior, you can start retraining it. Is it going to be easy?

What do you think?

This desire to satisfy dopamine and norepinephrine levels can be used to our advantage if we know what to look for. Creative self-talk, mental rehearsal, meditation, Tapping-EFT, etc. can all help prepare you for the daunting task of staying on task.

That’s how we beat the brain, hands down. When you figure out a system to build dedication, focus, strategic planning, patience, and consistency of action into your marketing campaigns, you win.

I often write about ways that content creators can generate income through side hustles or build their businesses. I cover marketing, content creation, self-improvement, and how to write for a living.

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Dennis Francis

Retired content marketing consultant. Author, artist, husband, father and owner of Still helping small business owners daily.