One of the biggest concerns that I hear about from my clients with ADD is how to be more productive at work. Problems with distractibility are one of the most common concerns, due to the frequent interruptions that take place in most office settings, creating significant problems for many individuals with ADD. In an attempt to provide some solutions to this problem, I have written the following article.
Individuals with ADD often complain that the amount of distractions that create problems with being productive at work is often overwhelming. In fact, many of these individuals suffer from anxiety and or depression due to the amount of stress this factor places upon them on a daily basis. They may worry about how they are perceived at work and if they are able to manage their time efficiently, while keeping up with deadlines and other time sensitive work responsibilities that are part of their job. The following is a list of suggestions that can help;
Find someone in the office who has a similar work style to yours or (even better) one who is never in the office.
Along with the above tips, you might consider joining an ADD support group. A support group is a great place to exchange ideas and find out what other people are doing to cope with similar concerns. If you are an individual that has some great tools for managing distractions in the office, please let me know what has worked well for you. I would love to hear some of your thoughts and ideas.
Leslie Rouder, LCSW is an ADHD coach and therapist. To receive her free ADHD Newsletter you may visit her website at www.ADDadults.net