How to deal with your ADHD in the workplace

“I am in a constant state of attentional hyperfocus and hyperfocus hyperfocus.” 

“I feel like I am constantly on the lookout for things to capture.

The goal of this is to stay in a state of heightened awareness, and not get distracted.

The primary task of the attentional system is to remain in a ‘state of heightened attention.'” 

 It is important to note that this hyperfocus does not necessarily mean you are being overly focused.

In fact, many people will be distracted by something else.

For example, many of us will be thinking about something other than our ADHD, like work, socializing, or hobbies.

“It’s like if you’re watching TV with a friend and it’s really, really distracting.

It’s a distraction from what’s actually happening.

The same goes for when I’m on my phone or when I read, and I need to take a break.” 

A great way to deal is to put a timer on your phone and set a timer for 15 minutes.

When you get bored or when your brain is still in a hyperfocus state, you can tap on the timer and see how long it will take you to get back to what you were doing. 

“When it comes to ADHD, it’s important to remember that we can’t control our ADHD.

We have to learn to control our attention.” 

“For example, if you have ADHD, you might not notice when you’re stressed or stressed out, but it may take you a minute or two to notice.” 

So how do you deal with the hyperfocus? 

“If you feel like you’re constantly on top of things, then you can switch to focusing on something else, or to staying focused.

If you notice your attention is constantly wandering, you may need to re-establish some balance.

If the focus is not on what you want, it can be distracting.

If your attention wanders from your other activities, it will become a distraction.” 

As a rule of thumb, you should not allow yourself to become hyperfocused during your workday. 

If you are able to manage the distraction, it is important that you take breaks to let your brain get used to it. 

What are some ways you manage your ADHD? 

When you are working, it helps to practice your attentional skills. 

You can also find ways to improve your focus in your home and at home. 

For example: “I’ve been using a timer and I set a time limit for 10 minutes.

I set up a calendar with a number of days to work on each day.

I write down things I need done.

I schedule my work at home so I have the most time for myself and I can focus on my work.” 

You might also want to set aside some time to meditate. 

 For those who struggle with ADHD, meditation can help to calm your brain and decrease the amount of time your mind is distracted. 

How can you learn more about ADHD?

If you or someone you know has an ADHD diagnosis, you are invited to join our ADHD 101 class, “The ADHD Way: How to Talk About It and What to Do About It.”