Working from home takes some crazy discipline so if you’re struggling, you’re not alone. As someone with ADHD, I also know the added struggles of everything you need to do in your business and homelife constantly bombarding you and potentially throwing your whole day off. As I write this blog, my mind has already tried to divert my attention to doing the laundry as I know that also needs to be done. Here are some ways to minimize the stress and maximize your productivity while working with your ADHD brain.
Setting a flexible schedule/routine and creating habits is #1 on my list. It’s a constant work in progress, but once you start getting up at the same time, going to bed at the same time, doing the housework and biz tasks at the same time for the most part everyday, things become easier. If you’re struggling to move something or create a new habit, attach the action to an existing one and it becomes so much more automatic.
Having a set work area so you know when you are in that room sitting at that desk, it’s work time. Whether you’re focused on the right thing or not, isn’t the goal here. It’s to train your brain to switch from home to work. Getting dressed even though staying in those pjs sounds soooo nice is also an easy way to help with the transition. I’m definitely guilty of the leggings and nice top though. No judgment here, just not the pjs!
Don’t overload your schedule. This leads to burnout and burnout is no fun at all. Burnout looks like being tired all.the.time. Pushing yourself to do things you used to love to do. No time for yourself and what you need. We hate to say no because of what people will think of us, but saying no is a way to preserve our best energy especially when we know it's to please everyone else and burnout or say no when needed and be able to love giving freely. Another way to not overload your schedule is to outsource things you don’t enjoy. This can be in business or in your household. I may have my kiddo help with dishes because I hate doing the dishes. No shame.
The bottom line is, working from home isn’t easy, but there are ways to help alleviate that stress we sometimes feel when our minds are working a million miles a minute and you know you can just simply get up and go do the laundry. Stick to those goals, create them every month and then every week. Put them in a place where you can see them. When you’re struggling, stop, breathe, read, and refocus. You’ve got this!
If you’re struggling with the time management aspect as an ADHD entrepreneur and you’re looking to work with your brain to manage your time, join my Time Management Accelerator! It's taking place in this group HERE!