If you have adult ADHD, you may be the star innovator at your office. You can solve problems in a flash, find creative solutions and are able to juggle lots of tasks. However, there may be a few organizational skills you can still improve to manage your adult ADHD. Our Chief Medical Editor, Dr. Preeti Parikh reviews some important workplace tips for those with adult ADHD.
One workplace tip is to start your day by doing the things or tasks you are best at. It will get you motivated and keep you going for those tasks that may not be your favorite. Also practice taking a break. Before jumping off with a quick response to an email, give it a minute or two to make sure your answer is the best it can be.
Another tip Dr. Parikh recommends at work is to watch other people’s expressions and body language when they’re talking to one another to observe and learn how other people react. Some people with adult ADHD can have trouble seeing and responding to social queues. They may interrupt or veer a conversation off course without even realizing they are doing it. A good way to avoid this is to just slow things down a bit by pausing at the end of sentences while you speak. Think about what was just said and what you want to say next. Listen intently to the person you’re talking to. Really focus on what they’re trying to say and express and you may find that the conversation will flow more smoothly.
Remember, you don’t have to promise to do everything. Some people withadult ADHD take a lot on. No one can do everything, so it’s okay to tell someone no. Finally, remember to pat yourself on the back. Focus on your strengths, rather than your weaknesses.