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An ADHD-Friendly Strategy to Be Productive

Initiating tasks and sustaining attention and  effort to a completion point are

The reward for progress!

The reward for progress!

very difficult for most people with ADHD, particularly if a task is uninteresting, boring, or repetitious. Consequently people with ADHD often live surrounded by numerous unfinished tasks.

At Adventures in ADD, a local meetup group, I learned a great strategy for getting things done that is designed to be ADHD-friendly. ADHD symptoms occur because the pre-frontal cortex of a person with ADHD is under-stimulated, resulting in executive function deficits. Consequently people with ADHD seek stimulation in order to fully engage their brains. Their brains are stimulated by fun activities, newness, crises, conflict and endeavors that are interesting to them.

The woman (I’ll call her “Edna”) who shared her strategy for getting things done probably did not know the neurobiological explanation for her productivity challenges. However, she knew she got bored easily and would likely bounce away from tasks when they were not interesting. Taking that information Edna developed the following strategy.

Edna identifies four or five different tasks she needs to get done. She works on one task until she gets bored (about 10-15 minutes). She then stops and rewards herself with a short period of time working on a jigsaw puzzle. She really loves putting puzzles together. Then she moves on to another task for 10-15 minutes followed by another puzzle break. Working in this way she gets work done on each of the tasks.

Edna is able to sustain effort and interest in working on her tasks because she has limited the time she spends on any one task and thereby avoids the ADHD tendencies to get bored easily, to get overwhelmed by the enormity of a task and to bounce away from a task to seek something more interesting and fun. She also deliberately provides what her brain craves — fun! She is willing to work for puzzle time! And, she makes progress on four or five tasks.

A strength of people with ADHD is their creativity and willingness to think outside the box. This strategy is evidence of both! Thanks, Edna!

What Is an ADHD Organizer Coach?

People with ADHD function best when they get support from others who understand

An ADHD organizer coach can coach by phone and work in clients' homes to help get organizing done.

An ADHD organizer coach can coach by phone and work in clients’ homes to help get organizing done.

the nature of ADHD. An ADHD coach can provide that support. ADHD coaching helps people with ADHD manage their symptoms and discover ways to lead more organized, productive, intentional and fulfilling lives.

There are currently two good coaching options for people with ADHD: an ADHD coach or an ADHD organizer coach. An ADHD coach is a trained coach who has chosen to specialize in coaching people with ADHD. An ADHD organizer coach is both a professional organizer and a coach. ADHD organizer coaches are typically trained both in coaching and in working with ADHD coaching clients.

Disorganization is a common ADHD challenge that causes problems in many areas of life. What sets the ADHD organizer coach apart from the ADHD coach is that she/he is qualified to address a client’s organizing challenges as well as other common ADHD challenges like time management, emotion regulation, getting things done, consistent followthrough, making decisions, impulsivity, memory problems, relationship challenges, etc.

Because an organizer coach is required to have hands-on organizing experience in order to become a Certified Organizer Coach® (COC), and a majority of people who seek the services of professional organizers have ADHD, those who become COCs have undoubtedly logged  many hours working side by side with people who have ADHD. That gives them first hand knowledge of the way ADHD typically shows up, not only in organizing issues, but also in time and task management challenges. They also come to coaching with experience and knowledge about what works to help people with ADHD clear clutter and set up and maintain organizing systems that work for them.

Getting things done, initiating action and sustaining action to completion is difficult for people with ADHD, particularly if tasks are overwhelming, boring or repetitious. Clearing clutter and getting organized can be both overwhelming and boring. Unlike the ADHD coach, an ADHD organizer coach can work with clients not only over the phone, but in a home or office setting. When it appears that clutter and organizing issues are impeding client progress, an ADHD organizer coach can work side by side with clients to clear clutter, set up organizing systems, and get organizing done.

If you have ADHD and have clutter and organizing challenges, an ADHD organizer coach can help you with both challenges. I am an ADHD organizer coach. Email to schedule a free 30 minute phone consultation to explore the option of ADHD coaching to make your life more manageable.