ADHD is a popular disorder among children. It’s all about the lack of attention, hyperactivity, hardship to focus on things that don’t matter as much… Turns out, it also just as popular for adults and adult ADHD is a thing! Now it’s time to find out, could adult ADHD might be sabotaging your business?
For years, I’ve been struggling with getting things done. While I had great goals and tons of things I wanted to accomplish, I rarely did any of that.
I was stuck into excuses like “I just have too many ideas…”, “This wouldn’t have worked anyway…” and “I wasn’t ready… yet…”
Until one day I stumbled upon adult ADHD self-test and scored 58%. While it didn’t seem a crazy lot, all of the business related questions were a “yes” for me. Which made me wonder how adult ADHD might be sabotaging my efforts to build a successful business!
If you know what the real problem is, it’s a lot easier to find more effective and well-working ways to solve it. And so I did. Making myself more productive, more focused. Getting more done.
Read this to understand whether it’s “just lack of focus” or adult ADHD!
What is adult ADHD?
There is no extensive difference between kids or adult ADHD but it does show up in different situations.
ADHD means attention deficit disorder. But the attention never really is in deficit!
“It’s always excessive, constantly occupied with internal engagements. When people with ADHD aren’t in The Zone, in hyperfocus, they have many things rattling around in their minds all at one.”
Here are the symptoms of adult ADHD (especially, when it comes to business!):
- You find it hard to focus
- You can’t concentrate on tasks you’re not excited about
- You’re more likely to start a new task than finish the old one
- Being late and forgetful is your middle name
- You are impulsive
- You’re the master of the procrastination
While not all of the symptoms might be a “check” for you, even if most of them are – you have a serious food for thought!
“Symptoms of ADHD can differ from person to person, but there are three basic types of ADHD. Each one is identified by the symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. When the main symptoms are inattention, distraction, and disorganization, the type is usually called primarily inattentive. The symptoms of hyperactivity and possibly impulsiveness appear to diminish with age but are seen in the primarily hyperactive/impulsive type. The third type has some symptoms from each of the other two and is called the combined type.”
How adult ADHD can be sabotaging your business?!
If you’re anything like me, you have a dose of unfinished projects in your past just because the next thing seemed way more exciting and had “more potential”. These days, people also like calling it a “shiny object syndrome” which, basically, means the same – inability to finish things and lack of focus if anything better might be just around the corner.
But adult ADHD is not only about focusing. It’s also about making promises and keeping them. It’s about trying REALLY hard and failing.
Have you tried tens of different “success tactics” and found yourself left with none of them working?
Adults with ADHD usually feel a bit burnout. Because they try hard, they really do. But, very often, their attention is scattered, therefore, reaching real results is a lot harder.
There are many ways how ADHD might be impacting your business but the one thing is the feeling of “never getting there”. You either burn out in tasks you love or get stuck with million thoughts on your mind.
It might seem like that “burning phase” could lead us somewhere but it rarely does. Because the burnout lasts only as long as the excitement is present. And once the freshness of the project disappears so does the willingness to continue and get back in the zone.
How to make sure this doesn’t destroy your business…
The first step is admitting that your forgetfulness, lack of concentration, inability to hold on to your goals could be more than just that.
As soon as you spot the problem, it’s a lot easier to understand how to solve it.
Here are just some of the real-life samples that have affected me:
Even when I promise not to work on more than one task at a time, I find myself way more into things if I do. Focusing on one thing only takes a lot of effort from me and while it might be more effective in theory, I always find myself wandering about those other things… But once I get a chance to work on two things at a time or often shift between them – I get done a lot more. Yes, my mind might be in a burning mode. But that works for me!
Whenever I work from home and shift my attention from the laptop to anything around, I instantly have an urge to get it done. Whether those are dishes or picking up a dust. Most likely, I act by the impulse and stand up to get it done, without even thinking about the thing I focused on before. That’s also my way of forgetting things – as soon as I start doing something else, the other thing is left behind and gets forgotten from there on.
Once I realized I might be affected by adult ADHD, I started rethinking the whole way I run my business.
Focusing and getting things done have always been a big challenge. And as many productivity hacks as I tried, none of the usual kind really worked. Or they did – for a week, if that.
For years, I’ve been looking into this problem and the one solution I found was altering each of these productivity hacks to my specific condition, try them in a way that works for my really short attention span.
Here are just some of the samples of how I’ve adjusted various productivity hacks to actually getting things done:
- Instead of taking on several projects at a time, I separate one big project into smaller tasks which still feel like different ventures. Whenever I can scratch any of those out of my to-do list, I feel like I CAN do more;
- I allow myself to do more things at a time. If I can switch after each half-an-hour, I get done more. If I’m pushed to focus on one task only, I find a lot more chances to procrastinate instead. And while “focusing on one thing” really could be the only true way to get things done faster, it’s not an effective way of doing it for me;
- Instead of limiting my “wandering”, I actually schedule time for it. Inbetween these small tasks, I can have a spare moment to scroll through Instagram. The rule is to have the phone in another room and make each of these “breaks” limited-time only. Usually, no more than 5-10 mins, otherway, I wander way too far away…
- I track all I’m doing, I write down my goals and review them weekly. This one seemed like a huge waste of time until I tried it myself. I use Google Calendar to schedule each smallest thing and a usual notepad to write down & review my weekly and monthly goals.