Your business, time management & ADHD

GrettaJanuary 10, 2023

Time management & ADHD

Over the last year I discovered that I {very likely} have ADHD. I've hesitated to share these things in the past because I haven't formally been diagnosed, but I'm 99.9% I have ADHD and I've really found some things that make a big difference in how I'm spending my time.

Here's a little of my backstory: I THRIVED in work environments where I knew exactly what to work on, I knew concretely what to do, it was an area of interest, and those things had due dates.

So switching from that, to an environment where no one is telling you what to do and there are no hard and fast due dates ... it's been a learning curve to say the least.

While this is still VERY much still a work in progress for me, I wanted to share what I've found that really works to help me get things done pretty easily and allows me to actually enjoy my time and what really doesn't work and has me feeling very frustrated and discouraged. 

Here's what REALLY works for me:

1. Knowing that even if I do "everything right" aka, doing all of the things I'm about to share with you - there will still be times that I experience ADHD moments/symptoms AND I can still run my business well and hit my goals. This ... gives me great levels of relief. The goal isn't perfection.

2. No phone in the morning. And truly, significantly limiting access to my phone. Not only do I experience an increase in ADHD symptoms (lack of desire/motivation, fuzzy brain, general feelings of blah) I also notice a big uptick in anxiety & then low grade depression.

3. Eating breakfast before having coffee. For lots of reasons but primarily reducing stress.

4. Caffeine is my BFF. Caffeine = more mental clarity.

5. Getting dressed and ready is HUGE for me. Makeup on, hair done, dressed and ready with shoes on = a much more focused me. Again, the benefits of this is enhanced significantly when I don't check my phone.

6. Limiting stress as much as possible. Stress significantly increases my ADHD brain fog.

7. Exercise. Even something as simple as tidying up or putting away laundry is super helpful to getting my brain to a more focused, happy place. Walks are great and so is lifting weights. All of these help tremendously.

8. Flexible scheduling. I do best when I have my client appointments and I know what 1-3 things I need to get done that day. Most of the time, I don't write those things down.

9. Very loose work hours. Frankly, I don't have work hours. Sometimes if I notice I'm over-working, I'll make a conscious effort to stop working by 5-6pm if I've already done my work for the day. Also, this one can kind of bite you. Make sure you're also pre-blocking time off so you actually take a break. I didn't take a break for 4 years. 0/10 recommend that strategy.

10. Making things super clear and easy. For me, that looks like literally having the same 4-5 business tasks each week for going on 2 years (post 3-4x a week, share in stories, 1 blog, 1 email weekly). And, anything I'm avoiding, just get clear on the first step.

Ok, and here's what DOESN'T work:

1. Strict scheduling. A time-blocked schedule is my actual nightmare. I rebel and resist and feel very mentally and emotionally tired. Hard pass.

2. Forcing myself to sit at my desk and work. See above.

3. Comparing myself to what I assume are my neurotypical peers. I don't work like they do. I've tried really hard to do what they do, it doesn't work for me and that's ok.

4. Judging myself when I notice my ADHD symptoms. I'm not yet super great at identifying my symptoms - it's something I'm working on.

5. Trying to plan out my whole week. Lol. I mean, if there's a few things I'm motivated to do and I really want to get them done on certain days, super. If not, forcing myself to think and plan like that isn't gonna work.

That's pretty much it! I'd love to hear from you, especially if you're also a woman who suspects (or knows) she has ADHD. It can be real mind fuck - especially in entrepreneurship. Especially when you've got big goals. AND especially when it's so easy to compare yourself to other people who seemingly have it all together and can just decide to do something and immediately do it.




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