Over the years I have had a number of clients who have told me that they struggle with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and they find that it can get in the way of what they want to do with their business. They have revealed they can feel frustrated with floods of ideas that exceed what they can get done. And that they may struggle to give focus to parts of their business that is boring and can’t hold their attention. True, this can be very frustrating, however when I think back to some of my most energetic, passionate and successful clients, many of them would also be included in this group.
Persons with ADHD may battle hyperactivity, impulsivity and attention deficit, but some quick research of medical ADHD experts will also show that people with an ADHD tendency also can have some very positive and competitive advantage characteristics, that I believe are the reasons for extraordinary success, such as:
- Problem solving
- Instant Inertia
- Boundless Energy
- Risk taking
So let’s put this powerful thinking to work, and work around the hurdles that may annoy you. Whether you have an official diagnosis or you just feel that the ADHD profile fits you sometimes, try these steps for getting maximum productivity and results from your business growth.
- Get a coach. A coach can help keep you accountable, break down projects into small chunks, measure your results and keep you motivated.
- Tap into your strengths. Every person has strengths and weaknesses, and instead of focusing on our weaknesses tap into your strengths. How can you make your business better with your strengths alone. If you are super creative, can you solve market problems in a creative way that makes you stand out. You can always hire people to help with the details or other things that get you down, but I doubt you can hire someone better at your strengths than you.
- Work to your own rhythms. Some people can sit down at the computer for 12 hours straight, but maybe that is not the rhythm that works for you with lots of energy. Try working 50 minutes, and taking a 10 minute break every hour. Also, have a sleeping and eating pattern that evens out your energy throughout the day and once your optimal routine is identified stick to it.
- Stage Your environment. Carefully craft your work environment to surround yourself with inspirational items that keep you focused, and decrease any items that bring clutter or distraction.
- Keep the fun flowing. If excitement is what lights your spark make sure that there are fun times to be had a work. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.