ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. People with ADHD tend to procrastinate. I would know because I have ADHD and am a HUGE procrastinator.
There are many ways that ADHD affects people. Some issues that I deal with are:
- I almost always have multiple tabs open in my internet browser. Why? Because if I can’t finish whatever it was that I was doing, or I want to come back to an article, I need that reminder or I will forget about it completely.
- My short term memory is a joke. I am always writing myself notes – ALWAYS.
- When I go into a room to complete a certain task, 8 times out of 10 I will do five other random things before finally remembering that I meant to do something else entirely.
- Always trying not to interrupt people in conversations because my brain is constantly making random connections and thinking of things that aren’t really related to the point of the conversation because my easily distracted thought process takes me crazy places.
- I am a HUGE procrastinator!
However, there are lot’s of tips and tricks out there to try. I have found little things that help me out and I wanted to share them with you. What works for me may not work for you but it’s worth a shot!
10 Tips to Deal With ADHD:
- Get your workspace ready first. I work from home and I need my house to be clean if I want to focus. If I have laundry to fold and dishes to do, etc. there is no way I can focus completely without getting those things out of the way.
- Figure out at what part of the day you are your most productive self. It is much easier for me to focus in the morning/first half of the day than in the afternoon and evening. So if I have calls or tasks that I have to complete that day, I will do those things in the morning.
- When it comes to my procrastination I try to focus on the end goal. I don’t think about what I should be doing but rather how annoyed with myself I will be if I put it off and don’t reach my end goal.
- If you tend to zone out during meetings, try doodling. I will just draw little circles or write random words from the presentation because it just helps my brain not wander. I do not take notes unless I need to because I get to focused on that and get behind on the listening part.
- Exercise regularly – even if you don’t want to. Doing this actually increases my ability to focus! Plus it is good for you so you should do it anyway.
- Catch those Zzzzzs. I have to get enough sleep and I have to have a regular sleep schedule. What each person needs will differ so you need to figure out your minimum.
- Cutting out social media. I don’t use Facebook anymore because to me it is just a huge distraction. I was wasting so much time scrolling through my feed rather than doing things I actually wanted to do.
- Sticky notes are my best friend.
- I use a paper planner for big picture things but put daily schedule reminders in my phone (I found what works for me through trial and error so experiment and figure out what works for you).
- If your doctor has given you something to help with your ADHD, make sure the dosage is right for you. Your body can get used to your current dosage after a while so make sure you are paying attention to your body and communication with your doctor.
Hopefully you find some of those helpful and if you do, I would love to hear from you. If you would like to ask any questions or share your tips please feel free to comment or use the contact me page!