Become More Effective Professionally:
- Learn to Delegate.
- Make more money.
- Snag that promotion.
- Work more efficiently.
- Make better Decisions.
- Listen with greater focus.
- Finish projects and meet deadlines.
- Find a job that leverages your strengths.
Quite frequently, the workplace is where productivity and ADD collide. Some adults with ADHD have become tremendously successful, and others get tripped up by a variety of challenges...distractibility,This can lead to constant overwhelm, and a general dread of going to work. Below is a short list of possible challenges followed by some suggestions. Making these shifts on your own is quite possible, but much easier when you are supported by a coach.
Distractibility; It may feel that your brain is on overdrive. Distractions can be both external (environmental) and internal (racing thoughts and daydreaming).
- Modify your work space. Is there an empty office, a conference room, or a quiet cubicle that you could use?
- Manage the noises around you. Use earplugs, headphones, or white noise to drown out sounds.
- Explore the flexibility of your schedule. Can you arrive a couple of hours before everyone else and work in silence? Or stay later and do the same?
- Distracted by your own ideas? Keep a notebook close by and write down your brain storms. That way you won't forget them, and can revisit your creative genius at a more appropriate time.
Time Management; Sometimes just getting to work on time seems like the biggest challenge of the day. Once there, are deadlines your nemesis? Do you drown in emails?
- Get ready to get ready in the morning. Create a launch pad so that everything is near the door. Figure out what kind of alarm truly gets you out of bed. Some people have even put it in the hallway outside of their bedroom. With a coach you can streamline your morning rituals and maintain accountability.
- Once at work, break each project into small pieces. Use time lines with step by step "due dates" and reward yourself with each accomplishment. There are some very useful APPS that can help you both on a personal level such as Todoist and Wunderlist , or a project management level like Asana , Basecamp , Getflow , and Teamwork . These are just a few, but they show you what is possible.
- Schedule meetings with YOURSELF into your calendar so that you are guaranteed uninterrupted work time.
- Ask your boss to help you prioritize the most important projects. This is really important when you start to get overwhelmed.
- Find alarms, buzzers, or computer software that will alert you to an upcoming deadline or meeting.
- Establish a schedule for opening emails. Instead of first thing in the morning, try to get a solid hour of work done before you get distracted by the barrage of requests that come your way. Then establish another time during the day to do the same. You can take control once you implement a regimen that works.
- Decide when you need to answer phone calls and when you can let the call go to voicemail so that you can finish the task at hand.
Hyperactivity; Not all people with ADD/ADHD struggle with this. But if you do...
- Consider a stand up desk.
- Exercise hard at lunch. This will also raise your serotonin levels, reviving your physical and mental state.
- See if you can stand during meetings.
- Take frequent breaks to move your body, stretch and walk if possible.
- Standing, walking or even pacing during important phone calls can help your brain stay alert and on topic. Obviously this is easier if you work at home, but anything is possible if you set it up that way.
- Don't forget to eat and drink water. Your brain needs the food and your body needs hydration.
- Mind your meds. If you take them, don't forget them.
I have illuminated just a few of the challenges that present themselves at work. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to improve your performance, you discover that your job just does not play to your strengths. In these situations, we can explore your interests, strengths, personality, values, and aptitudes to discover a career that is more in line with your skillset.
My professional training is through the ADD Coach Academy. ADDCA is the only ICF and PAAC certified coaching program dedicated exclusively to training ADHD coaches. Working with me you will reach your most ambitious goals faster than you can alone. I will help you gain clarity and focus. Through increased accountability, you will experience a boost of energy, renewed passion and inspiration to succeed.
If you're committed to creating a more fulfilling and meaningful life, I look forward to working with you. Contact me today for a FREE CONSULTATION.