Working from home is both heaven and hell for people with ADHD. Here are a few of the better articles that offer help.
This is one of the two best articles I’ve found, so far — a quick sampler of suggestions edited by ADDitude Magazine:
ADHD Brains Working at Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Telecommuting
This is the other best article I’ve found so far — a comprehensive list with good commentary:
If you have ADHD, here’s how to manage working from home
All the fundamentals in one organized list, without much commentary:
Suddenly Working from Home
This is worth reading for thoughts on self-care and kindness:
5 Perils of Working from Home with ADHD
Eat right to keep your brain and body on track!
Succeeding with a Lack of Structure: tips for working on your own, part 4
Hyperfocus was likely involved during construction.
Source: Paul; found on the internet
…or something like that.
The worst part is when Verizon sends me a text that says “you’re about to go over your allotment,” but I’m so focused on whatever I’m doing that I ignore all text messages.
“Don’t talk to me. I have no self-control and will talk to you for 3 hours and achieve nothing. Thanks. I love you.”
I love this guy.
Photo credit: found it on the internet somewhere.
“KISS” for people with ADD/ADHD
I don’t need time.
What I need is a deadline.
— Duke Ellington.
For me, it’s more like, “I don’t need inspiration. What I need is a deadline.”
What do you need to “get it done”?
Do one thing at a time.
This is simple but not easy.
“If I have a clear set of tasks to do, a big cup of coffee in the morning is a great productivity-enhancer. I get straight to work and stay focused for hours. But if I don’t have a clear set of tasks in mind before I have the coffee, I’m just wired and rudderless.”
— Anonymous Reader
There’s often an order to doing things. We ADHDexecs have spent many years ignoring the steps and sometimes that’s fine. But sometimes we really need to know the 1, 2, 3…
Assembling “a clear set of tasks” can be hard if you’re working on a big, complex project. In fact, it’s impossible to write your whole list of tasks! So break it down. A day’s worth if you can do it. Or a half-day’s worth. Or half-hour‘s worth. Whatever you can do — as long as it’s steering first, gas second.