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For persons with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, working can be a frustrating experience. Finding ways to overcome your personal and professional obstacles can have a significant impact on your well-being and success at work. The following are a few recommendations and tactics for making your workdays easier and more effective.
Do Not Try To Multitask
In order to perform a task, one must be concentrated and on task at all times. This is when some people find multitasking to be a challenge. Instead of concentrating on a single activity, people tend to get sidetracked by a plethora of unfinished ones.
Working late or taking work home late at night or on the weekends to make up for lost time is common when one’s mind wanders and one becomes distracted. This can lead to increased stress and a lack of time for leisure. A healthy work-life balance is more difficult to maintain when one’s personal life is disrupted by one’s job.
Take Each Step One At A Time
This approach can be adapted for use in the workplace in the following way: Take a 30-minute break after 45 minutes of working on one project and then switching to a new one for another 45 minutes.
This ensures a diversity of chores and the chance to get up and move, both of which are fantastic methods to get things done without a lot of discomfort!
Section Work Into Chunks
If you can break down a task into smaller parts, you will feel less overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to perform. Procrastination can quickly take control when work seems overwhelming, making it difficult to begin any task at all. It’s easier to do tasks in smaller, more manageable chunks.
Set a Stopwatch or a Timer
A timer can be used in a variety of ways. A 15-minute break in between 45 minutes of work can make it simpler for some people to get by. Others may benefit more from shorter work/break periods.
The key is to make sure that the timeframe you give for work is sufficient to do a portion of the work at hand – and that rests are long enough to feel rejuvenated but brief enough to avoid getting engrossed in a new activity.
Make Friends with Positive Coworkers
Your ability to keep on track can be greatly aided by a sympathetic coworker who knows your difficulties in doing so. With the support of their bosses, some workers have been able to come up with minor tweaks that have made their work more productive.
A diagnosis that you are willing to share might be beneficial in many instances. In certain cases, this can be a subject to avoid at all costs. Learn more about the benefits of surrounding yourself with positive people and influences with the BetterHelp advice section.
Try Paraphrasing Directions
If you find it difficult to stay attentive when someone is speaking to you, try repeating back what they have said at various points in the conversation. This keeps you engaged and alert, assuring you that the speaker’s main ideas have been received and understood.
If it’s easier and more efficient, you can do this via email or note. It’s also possible to ask for the dialogue to be repeated if you’ve lost track of what was being stated.
Request a private office if at all possible, and keep the door closed to keep away unwanted interruptions. It’s likely that this isn’t an option, but you can still ask to be relocated to a quieter area. Although some solutions may not be available at all times. Earplugs, white noise, and relaxing music have all been reported to be beneficial by many.