For many people with ADD, life at work can be difficult. If your working environment is not ADD-friendly, then you may find yourself feeling chronically disorganized and stressed out at work! Whether or not you choose to share your diagnosis with your employer, the following strategies can help you become more effective at work:
1. Find a Career that You're Passionate About
People with ADD have the most success when doing something that they are passionately interested in. If you are in a career or a job that you're not passionate about, chances are your ADD challenges will manifest themselves. The best way to avoid this is to find and engage in work that you truly enjoy and believe in.
2. Develop Structure
It's no secret that ADDers work well with structure. If your job lacks structure, create some! Make sure you have specific deadlines on projects. Request frequent meetings with your manager or team members. Be sure to take a lunch break every day to recharge!
3. Delegate the Details
Think about how much more effective, efficient, and profitable you could be if you didn't have to worry about paperwork! Delegate paperwork and other "boring" tasks wherever possible. Never volunteer to take on a task or an element of a project that doesn't engage your strengths.
4. Plan the Time to Plan
It's not enough to plan your day, you must also plan the time to plan! Take 15 minutes a day to look at your to do list. See what you accomplished and what still needs to be done, and update the list. Also use this time to update your calendars, and break up outstanding projects into steps. You'll feel more in control and less stressed.
5. Get Over Perfectionism
Perfectionism prevents progress. If you find something that could be improved every time you look at a paper or a report, it will never get off your desk. A "good job" is work well done; a "perfect job" doesn't exist! Nothing in this world is perfect, so do yourself a big favor and get over it.
How do you stay effective at work?