Imagine sitting down for your workday and the chair you’re siting in squeaks every time you move. How productive do you think you’re going to be?
I’m guessing it won't end up being your best day. Your mind will wander to that annoying sound, so much so that you will want to fix it, which distracts you even further.
Part of living with ADHD is living with distractions. We may not be able to prevent them entirely, but we can plan for them so they become less distracting!
Your workspace, the physical environment that you work in, can make a big difference in how productive you are and how easily distracted you can become.
It’s important to find a space that works for you, so here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for and creating the right space:
1) Along with having a comfortable chair, make sure the lighting works for you. Make adjustments to the temperature if you need to or wear layers so you can easily get comfortable if you are too hot or too cold.
2) If you don’t have a private office and are surrounded by other cubicles, consider a white noise machine or playing light music in the background.
3) If possible consider a stand-up desk. I know several people who this works really well for. It allows you to have that subtle movement needed to stay focused. One client has both a stand-up and sit-down desk so she can move back and forth.
4) Do you have too much clutter on your desk? Physical clutter results in mental clutter which results in distraction! Take the time to sort and purge your desk. At the end of every evening, spend a few minutes either filing and putting things away or, at the very least, putting them into organized piles.
5) Fidget toys at the office can do wonders for your focus, especially if you do any work over the phone. Pete, the co-host of Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast has a smooth polished wood piece that he holds onto. He also suggests the Grip Pro Trainer Hand Grip, it helps you stay focused and makes your hands stronger.
6) If possible, do your work in more than just one location. I have a client who works from home, but from time to time, she will go to different locations, like the local library or coffee shop.
7) No matter where or how your office is set up, it is always a great idea to get out of your office space and move around. If you notice your mind is wandering, it’s time take a break. Better yet, take the break outside where you can get some fresh air. Bottom line: exercise increases focus!
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Until Next Time,