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I worked with a career coach many years back. I got a lot of strategies from her. An article was done last September in which she revealed some tips to help us. Here are the ten, including a hand full of others:

1. Have a planning session each week. Use a weekly and daily planner and write down important deadlines or appointments.
2. Carry a small notebook with you and capture info you can later put on your calendar.
3. Carry a phone, notebook or PDA to all meetings.
4. Time limits make unpleasant tasks bearable. Give yourself an hour time limit.
5. Balance your day. Schedule enjoyable tasks between the ones you aren't thrilled about.
6. Break large tasks into chunks of 30 minutes.
7. Turn off phone, close doors and limit distractions.
8. Avoid over-planning. Once you have a plan, act on it.
9. Keep your day structured to avoid impulsivity or taking on extra responsibility.
10. Bookend your workday with 15 minute morning and night planning sessions.

Tips For Minimizing Workplace Distraction
H****** said everyone can benefit from these tips
  • Wear headphones
  • Set your computer to retrieve e-mail once an hour.
  • Use a timer each time you go online
  • Handle e-mail, calls and schedule meetings at a set time each day.
  • Respect your schedule.
  • Schedule time to work on involved projects when you are less likely to be interrupted.
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What do you do when people who get paid more than you insist on stealing your lunch breaks due to their laziness and inability to think for themselves. It's like 85 people think that i'm their personal assistant!
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Re: Strategies for an ADDer

Point 3 is excellent. We are lucky to have these "smart phones" now-a-days. I've had an Android Incredible for a year, but only recently have started really using it. For example, as per #3 above, I bring it to meetings & instantly put dates into the calendar as I get them.

Ok, I'm exaggerating. That's my intention: to use the calendar, but half the time I walk out of a doctor's appt. with an appt. card, but I forget to then put it in my phone. I missed a follow up to surgery I had! But the point is excellent...!
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What do you do when people who get paid more than you insist on stealing your lunch breaks due to their laziness and inability to think for themselves. It's like 85 people think that i'm their personal assistant!

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Earplugs are my BEST friends ever. Whenever I'm working in the library or an environment where I want to tune out all distraction, my earplugs are my most reliable pals, so I carry them around everywhere! I recommend them to everyone. You never know when you might like to separate yourself from the world without any cloaking device
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Earplugs are my BEST friends ever. Whenever I'm working in the library or an environment where I want to tune out all distraction, my earplugs are my most reliable pals, so I carry them around everywhere! I recommend them to everyone. You never know when you might like to separate yourself from the world without any cloaking device

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Re: Strategies for an ADDer

Number 6 is really effective for me. If I try to focus on a task for more than an hour I tend to get bored. So if I just focus for 20 minutes and not get bored, I might actually get something done. The only exception is when there is a large task related to something that I really enjoy such as drawing. For that, I just hyperfocus until I get it done. Problem is, sometimes I need to balance between 4 different things so managing time is useful.
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Describe how this happens.
I like to have lunch at my desk so I can have some 'time out' on the internet (can't use the forum though coz it's monitered).

What I find is that the higher levels in the area will come up to me and ask questions for which I couldn't possibly know the answer like who are the managers in another state etc considering I've only been there for 3 weeks. They can see I'm having my lunch but they just stand there and don't go away until I give up my own time to help them. It makes me mad coz they have the same resources that I have and they get paid twice what I do.

I'm finding it really overwhelming being in a new job where I don't know what I'm doing and there was no structure or organisation to the job before so I'm having to create all the processes and accountability. There is so much to do and whenever I turn around there is someone else standing there asking me a dumb@ss question which they could find the answer to by themselves if the bothered to try.

Before this job I was in customer service. The work comes to you - no need to prioritise but as we all know when you have ADHD every task seems just as important so it's really hard to balance maybe 30 or more things to do and separate the important tasks from the irrelevant ones.

I think what tipped me over the edge last week was helping out at a work event and telling them that I couldn't help with the follow up afterwards because I had too much work myself. I even arranged another area to step in and help but I still kept getting the emails saying 'thanks for your help with this etc...' I felt so stressed like I was going to pass out and couldn't put things in perspective. I ended up sending an email starting with 'As discussed...' To help them I would have had to stay back late which I couldn't do last week coz we were having a really hard time with our autistic son and things were really stressful and home and I needed to go home and deal with them - plus I was really tired and worn out from dealing with it too.

This is only a temporary promotion so in some ways I feel like I'm supposed to do everything perfectly and be there all the time but in reality I just can't cope without morning tea, lunch and RDOs. I have to work out how I can assert myself and say no without stressing so much.

It's driving me nuts coz ususally I can think my way through but the last week or so I seem to have lost all perspective and I just don't know how to handle this or what to do.
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I like to have lunch at my desk so I can have some 'time out' on the internet (can't use the forum though coz it's monitered).

What I find is that the higher levels in the area will come up to me and ask questions for which I couldn't possibly know the answer like who are the managers in another state etc considering I've only been there for 3 weeks. They can see I'm having my lunch but they just stand there and don't go away until I give up my own time to help them. It makes me mad coz they have the same resources that I have and they get paid twice what I do.

I'm finding it really overwhelming being in a new job where I don't know what I'm doing and there was no structure or organisation to the job before so I'm having to create all the processes and accountability. There is so much to do and whenever I turn around there is someone else standing there asking me a dumb@ss question which they could find the answer to by themselves if the bothered to try.

Before this job I was in customer service. The work comes to you - no need to prioritise but as we all know when you have ADHD every task seems just as important so it's really hard to balance maybe 30 or more things to do and separate the important tasks from the irrelevant ones.

I think what tipped me over the edge last week was helping out at a work event and telling them that I couldn't help with the follow up afterwards because I had too much work myself. I even arranged another area to step in and help but I still kept getting the emails saying 'thanks for your help with this etc...' I felt so stressed like I was going to pass out and couldn't put things in perspective. I ended up sending an email starting with 'As discussed...' To help them I would have had to stay back late which I couldn't do last week coz we were having a really hard time with our autistic son and things were really stressful and home and I needed to go home and deal with them - plus I was really tired and worn out from dealing with it too.

This is only a temporary promotion so in some ways I feel like I'm supposed to do everything perfectly and be there all the time but in reality I just can't cope without morning tea, lunch and RDOs. I have to work out how I can assert myself and say no without stressing so much.

It's driving me nuts coz ususally I can think my way through but the last week or so I seem to have lost all perspective and I just don't know how to handle this or what to do.

I think I was concerned about this for you. I know you have been going through a lot, and I offer hugs Tudor.

I think you must be doing a fairly good job if people are coming up to you on your lunch break asking questions. I believe the problem here is availability. You are there and available. It's just easy for them to ask you, even though it is obvious that you have your lunch out.

Have you considered leaving the vicinty? Can you go to a break room or a park? What about your car? I think you need to find anything to get yourself out of there for that 30 minutes.
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I think you must be doing a fairly good job if people are coming up to you on your lunch break asking questions.
I think I'm really hard on myself. I just expect that I should be able to go to work and be good at everything straight away and when I don't know what to do I get really upset. I think there might be a bit of OCD / anxiety causing a problem here too. It's hard going from being the best at your job to feeling really incompetent.

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I believe the problem here is availability. You are there and available. It's just easy for them to ask you, even though it is obvious that you have your lunch out.

Have you considered leaving the vicinty? Can you go to a break room or a park? What about your car? I think you need to find anything to get yourself out of there for that 30 minutes.
I think I'm going to have to find somewhere to go and hide at lunch.

Thankyou I needed this. Sometimes the obvious answers just do no occur once the anxiety takes over.

I'm leaving in 5. Hopefully today will go better.
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I think I'm really hard on myself. I just expect that I should be able to go to work and be good at everything straight away and when I don't know what to do I get really upset. I think there might be a bit of OCD / anxiety causing a problem here too. It's hard going from being the best at your job to feeling really incompetent.
I'm hard on myself too. I can remember Dr. Hallowell saying that he used to break his pencils in class when he didn't get something right away. I get upset too. I use xanax for these times. I'm realizing now how my experiences with people have really tempered my behavior ( I don't know if that's healthy or unhealthy).

Anxiety makes it that much more challenging for me to focus.


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Thankyou I needed this. Sometimes the obvious answers just do no occur once the anxiety takes over.
Oh I know, I'm sitting on about 400 dollars, and I don't know what I want to do with it. I need ideas. I'm about to start a thread.

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Ok Tudor. I hope you have a wonderful day. Please come on here and tell us what you did for lunch.

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Are these the ones that are visible? I've worn ones that had a little plastic thing attached to them. I'd prefer ones that didn't stand out as much.
Mine don't stand out at all. Of course, make sure you don't push them too hard inside, or else taking them out will be an issue, but I use ones that you roll and squeeze a bit and then you slide them gently into your ear until they oh-so-nicely fit in and expand accordingly. The sensation of the world becoming quieter and quieter is indescribable. Have fun with them!
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Point 3 is excellent. We are lucky to have these "smart phones" now-a-days. I've had an Android Incredible for a year, but only recently have started really using it. For example, as per #3 above, I bring it to meetings & instantly put dates into the calendar as I get them.

Ok, I'm exaggerating. That's my intention: to use the calendar, but half the time I walk out of a doctor's appt. with an appt. card, but I forget to then put it in my phone. I missed a follow up to surgery I had! But the point is excellent...!
I've got my Blackberry synced with my Google calendar, my calendar has some public and private settings so everyone can see some stuff (like shows and such) and things like Dr. appointments are private. My wife can access it to enter in events and reminders as well, so there's and extra level of making sure it's up to date. I get an email in the morning with the events of the day, and then reminders through out the day.

If it's some place I have to be, the reminder will link me to Google maps, and I can get directions, or call someone just by pressing on the link.

I haven't been perfect with it, but at least I've stopped doubling up on appointments. I used to get a time and date in my head then every time someone would call and want to meet with me, I'd give them the time and date stuck on my mind.
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These are fantastic tips; I just got Getting Things Done, and Things for my I-phone...but I'm having a hard time implementing everything, after a lifetime of flying by the seat of my pants and going on stress and grumpiness. Any tips on just doing it???
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These are fantastic tips; I just got Getting Things Done, and Things for my I-phone...but I'm having a hard time implementing everything, after a lifetime of flying by the seat of my pants and going on stress and grumpiness. Any tips on just doing it???
I would try to bang out a couple a day.
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