Tuesday, January 25, 2011

10 Keys to Conquering ADD in the Office by Sandy Maynard

10 Keys to Conquering ADD in the Office

Time management and organization help for adults who want to conquer ADHD at the office and advance at work.

If you're ready to climb the corporate ladder but feel like someone tore the steps to success out of your company handbook, don't worry. Women (and men) with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) often encounter procrastination, communication, and organization problems both professionally and personally, but that doesn't have to mean you're perpetually doomed to entry-level work.
ADHD can indeed cause problems at work, but here are ten ways you can conquer them:

1. Communicate Clearly

Ask questions to understand your assignment fully. Repeat directions that you are given to make sure you have heard them correctly. Ask for specific deadlines, so you know that what is being asked is really doable. If not, address the issue immediately. Do not wait until it is too late and you are forced to bring work home.

2. Get a Handle on Procrastination

Don't let perfectionism thwart your ability to get things done. Ask yourself how you can make it quick and simple. Try bulleting items in memos and calling instead of e-mailing.

3. Limit the Length of Phone Conversations

Time flies when we're on the phone. A call that should take five minutes can easily turn into 45. Preface each call with a time limit by starting out with, "Hi, Thomas. I have only five minutes, but I wanted to give you a quick call to let you know... " The person on the other end will most likely respond appropriately by making their comments short and to the point.
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