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ADHD at Work

Working not at work?

Hi.  I make list after list of errands I need to accomplish during the day.  Usually, something throws off my attention and I end up either doing nothing or reaching a point where I feel like I’ve accomplished something and don’t need to do anymore (though I could get quite a bit more done and not have to worry about it later).  Anyway, I feel that I would accomplish much more at home or on my own outside of work for work.  The problem is, then I would be detracting from my home life with my husband and kids.  How can I find a way to accomplish the work at work rather than trying to do it at home or not doing it at all?

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How are you doing? I am not sure what you do for a living, but getting a private room at a library might work. I did that a lot when I was in university and not diagnosed with ADHD till about 5 years ago.

Posted by Isp75016 on Sep 02, 2014 at 9:11pm

Kria04, Everyone is different, including ADHDrs. Moving my office home was probably the worst thing that I could have done. I’m too easily distracted - I can get up and get something to eat. I get lost in Spotify and on the Web.

You have to find out what works for you. If those above you at work will allow you to try it, take a week or so to see if it works. I do not think taking work home is the answer. Your inclination that it would detract from your home life is probably accurate.

Just shooting from the hip, you might try listing only two things to do. The third thing sometimes throws me over the edge. Once you’ve accomplished those two things, reward yourself with something that you like to do for 15 minutes. I have a master list, then a realistic list of two things. I’ve always heard that you do the hardest things or the things your trying to avoid (i.e., boring, monotonous) first. That hasn’t worked for me, but it might for you.

Posted by Existentialist on Sep 02, 2014 at 11:31pm

I found the same thing when I tried to operate a home-based business.  More opportunities/ temptations to be distracted.  I have difficulty setting, let alone keeping, a schedule.  I fare better when structure is imposed upon me outside the home.  That i can follow more easily. The ‘freedom’ one has working at your own pace, doing the things you want to do when you want to do them is great, IF you have the ability to put your hyper-focus into play every day to accomplish what you need/want to accomplish in full. I didn’t have the ability to do so on an ongoing basis.  The knowledge that I had done ‘a decent days’ work’, even for someone else, and that I have ‘guaranteed’ a certain amount of income is more valuable to me (at least part-time).

Posted by Vitality on Sep 03, 2014 at 5:46am

I agree—your focus should be on productivity at work, not bringing work home when that should be family time (and time to relax).

Try these 10 productivity tips for ADHD at work: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1687.html

Here’s a story about finding motivation at work that I think you’ll find useful too: http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/9/9044.html

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Sep 04, 2014 at 1:12pm

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