“People with ADD [ADHD] often have a special ‘feel’ for life, a way of seeing right into the heart of matters, while others have to reason their way methodically.”
You may ask, how is ADD/ADHD commonly exhibited in a work setting?
The person has a tendency to get easily distracted and disorganized. Hence, the person finds it difficult to work in a structured, deadline-oriented workplace and stay on track.
Let’s look at the positive aspect of ADHD-
Many adults with ADHD perform their jobs extremely good and use their ADHD traits to the fullest: high energy, problem-solving, creativity, and being able to hyperfocus, are significant benefits in their chosen career. I’m not telling that some symptoms of ADHD will not affect your work but definitely, you can tame it.
Do you want to know what kind of Work Suits Your ADHD Symptoms?
Well here are some proven ADHD -friendly jobs:
- The military. The discipline and structured routine will benefit.
- Door-to-door sales. The job involves freedom of movement, flexibility, a lot of social interactions.
- Emergency medical technician, police officer, fire-fighter. These jobs give a sense of adrenaline-pumping excitement that helps many ADHDers to focus.
- Computer technician/consultant. These jobs involve answering calls or emails related to computer queries.
- The food industry. These kinds of jobs are excellent for ADHDers, they have short goals in which they require concentration and focus until they create a finished product.
- Your own business. Starting a small business are like the tailor-made jobs. They are their own boss, work is flexible.
- Photographer/videographer. These kinds of jobs need involvement, focus, and attention for short spans.
What you can do to control your ADHD at work?
- Time management
The judgment of time can be difficult. A sand timer, a stopwatch or event alarms can help keep track of time. This will help you in seeing the time pass right in front of you.
- Keep a to-do list on your desk
Keep a note of what anyone tells what to do, or agree to do something, or and deadlines for the day. It should serve as a constant reminder and you will find it easier to focus on your work.
Arrange and rearrange your top 10 items based on priorities. Prioritize your tasks based on importance and urgency.
- Use sensory cues
Use a sensory cue, which reminds you to focus when you tend to space out. You need to recognize your sense of distractibility.
Like in a meeting, make a friend sit beside you; ask him/her to tap you lightly on the shoulder if he seems to like you are zoning out.
- Take notes
Bored in meetings…feeling restless…You can take notes, a lot of notes; this will help in the track of meetings as well as helps you keep focused.
- Activate your attention.
Before any task, you do some physical exercise. Such as walking the stairs, listening to your favorite music etc, for 15 minutes will prep you.
- Color coding
Color-code your work, assignments, papers etc based on priority. This will give a sense of deadlines and number of pending tasks at a look. Keep your desk as organized as possible.
- Have a powered start of the day.
If there is trouble getting up, getting organized in the morning. Then set it out all in the night like ironing the clothes, keep all the things in one table. Take frequent breaks or exercise breaks.
- Learn how to make your symptoms into your strengths.
You will be anxious about your abilities, capacity to work. Just stop, prioritize and re-prioritize what you are working. This will help you in becoming productive and happy.
- Reward yourself.
This will help you to stay on track and reach your desired goal. Be proud of your accomplishments and give yourself a little treat. Like a chocolate, a smoothie etc
ADHD can be tamed; you can and will win at the workplace. Follow the tips above for becoming the winner. For further details Contact Cadabam’s hospitals on +919741476476 to book an appointment now.