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We all heard about ADHD because many people now post about it on social media to raise awareness. ADHD is known to affect kids but not so many people know that sometimes it stays with the kid until they grow up and instead of affecting their school and tests, it affects their jobs, daily tasks, and sometimes the way they communicate and their relationship with others.
If you or you know someone who has ADHD, this article is for you to help understand what ADHD is and how to manage it in the workplace.
What Is ADHD?
ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood and it can last till adulthood.
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Having ADHD makes kids struggle with being focused or paying attention, it can also make them do impulsive behavior and be overly active. If ADHD is not handled from a young age it can stay with the child till they are adults, which also can affect them in their workplace and their productivity.
If you don’t know what the symptoms of ADHD are especially at work, we will tell you some of them but you have to be diagnosed to know for sure if you have it or not.
How Can ADHD Affect Your Job
ADHD can have an effect on your job depending on your condition.
Many people who have ADHD have always complained about being an employee with ADHD as the symptoms can seriously affect their daily tasks and their job.
These symptoms include:
- Difficulty staying focused on tasks
- Getting easily distracted
- Unsuccessful multitasking
- Missing deadlines
- Difficulty paying attention
- Manage time
- Staying organized
- Follow directions
- Attend to details
- Keep emotions under control
If you’re experiencing these symptoms or already have been diagnosed with ADHD, then the below tips are for you to help you stay focused and keep your job.
How To Manage ADHD At Work
Create Your Own Routine
Having a routine will help you remember what you do on a daily basis.
If you’re a person with ADHD then you will find it hard to go to work on time or even to deliver tasks on time, you will find yourself uncommitted to your deadlines and hence miss them.
What you need to do is add structure to your day to help you stay focused and in control.
For example, having a morning routine will help you remember what you do step by step every morning and works the same with work.
When you dedicate a certain time of the day to certain tasks you have to finish, you will find yourself committed to it, like checking your email every morning is a routine that you find yourself always doing.
People with ADHD have a hard time staying focused.
No one wants to put themselves in a bubble but if you have ADHD and find it really hard to stay focused and finish tasks, you have to create a bubble where you avoid any type of distraction as it can lead to procrastination, which will waste your time.
Stay away from colleagues or anything that could grab your attention and distract you until you’re done with your tasks.
In other words, create a to-do list for your tasks, as simple as it is, it is actually very effective.
Make your routine include creating a daily to-do list where you write all your urgent tasks for the day. This to-do list will help you check and keep you updated on urgent tasks whether you have completed them or not. Your list can help you remember anything even if it is an outing with a friend, you can also set a time on when you’re supposed to start and finish each task.
Train Yourself To Master Time Management
Time management is a very important factor to help you with the symptoms at work.
Whether you have ADHD or not, you have to master time management as it always keeps things in order and spares any type of chaos.
It is hard for people with ADHD to manage complex long-term projects, which is why they have to work on their time management as they can’t avoid that at work. Following a routine and creating a to-do list are two essential factors of having good control over time management.
You can manage your time by keeping a close eye on how long a single task takes you and how many and how long breaks you take; this will give you an average time of how long you usually take without being distracted or procrastinating.
Don’t Be Afraid To Seek Therapy
Therapy is always a good option especially if you’re struggling with ADHD.
There’s no shame in asking for help from a professional as long as you’re struggling and desperately need it. Along with these tips, therapy will be a supportive way to encourage you to commit to these tasks.
A therapist will guide you through the whole process and how to respond and handle when you’re experiencing a hard time at work.
So, getting therapy should definitely be on your to-do list.
If you know a colleague or an employee who has ADHD, try to help them stay focused and offer them help.