Finding Success In The Workplace With ADHD

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Loving Your Job Makes a Difference!

According to webmd.com, 8 to 9 million American adults have ADHD. One national survey showed that only half of adults with ADHD were able to hold down a full-time job, compared to the 72% of adults with the disorder. When they did have a job, they earned less than their peers. 

However, there doesn’t have to be the case, I’ve worked with many clients who struggled in their jobs and found ways to succeed. 

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Find a job you love that highlights your strengths. 

  • Manage your ADHD on a daily basis, which means getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, taking your medication, etc. 

  • Get to work on time by following a morning routine which includes buffer time for distractions. 

  • Whether you disclose your ADHD is up to you, however, you can always let them know what you prefer in regards to workspace, communication preferences, etc. 

  • Make sure you have a good calendar and to do list system in place, know where you need to be and what you need to do on any given day. 

  • Clear the clutter on your desk and make sure items like pencils, paper, files, etc, have a home to be put away at the end of the day. 

  • Ask for help or clarification when you need it. You may be embarrassed or feel like you should already know that answer, however if it's always best to ask. 

  • If you are stuck in meetings all day, have a small stone or fidget toy in your hand to help you focus and find out if you can record meetings for future reference.

  • If you feel tired or easily losing focus, take a break and get your body moving.

  • If you’re having a hard time getting started, break the task down into the smallest point of entry as possible.

  • I’m also a big fan of the Pomodoro Technique, where you work for 25 minutes with a 5 minute break, just be sure to use an alarm. 

 Thank you for your time and attention!

-Nikki