Monotony is enemy number one for those with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Here is the absolutely #1 way to thrive with ADD.
My thoughts are all over the place. At work or at home, they are often preoccupied with a running list of things that I want or need to get done for the day. So what do I do?
I go with it! Yup you read it correctly.
Here is what I mean:
Let’s say I am working on task A, when I start thinking about task B. The pull to task B suddenly seems more important, so instead of pushing through task A with half effort, and possibly making mistakes. I move to doing task B, and when it is done, I go back and complete task A.
Productivity only results if you make a conscious choice to come back to the task you took a “break” from.
Think of it like your work is laid out at a buffet table. You have to take a bite of this and a helping of that. But by the end of the day you know which dishes should be eaten in full.
Or another analogy I like is that of a pinball machine. It seems out of control but it’s not if you know how to control the hits on the ball.
Follow my example…
and your day will still be productive, and here is why: You will be spending less energy fighting the wandering mind, and instead that energy will go towards getting things done
The benefits are big!
I make fewer mistakes overall. The connection for me goes back to what I have learned in years of art and design classes. Walk away from your work and go back to it. When I did this I could see where my drawing had been “off” or where I needed to rearrange things in a design.
The same holds true for balancing your budget or making insurance calls.
With a fresh perspective you can see clearly where improvements need to be made. You hit the refresh button when you mix things up. I want to put an exclamation point after that last sentence, but I have used too many already. I just want you to know how passionate I am about sharing what I have learned with others in like situations to help them improve their circumstances.
I keep a notebook handy to write things down throughout the day so nothing falls through the cracks.
And that’s it!
Be the pinball wizard. There doesn’t have to be a twist!