If you are a parent of a child with ADHD, you may be familiar with some of the classroom accommodations that are typically recommended. These may include sitting in the front of the class and getting a hard copy of the notes, for example.
These accommodations prove to be beneficial… so what about when the classroom days are over and you are supposed to rely on yourself to stay productive and organized in the workplace?
Whether you are an adult diagnosed with ADHD or think you may have ADHD, here are some workplace accommodations to consider:
- Take breaks: go for a walk or sit outside with some coffee or tea.
- Avoid working in a cubicle, if possible, to avoid distractions.
- If you don’t have a door to close, wear ear plugs during times you need to focus.
- If your boss does not set a deadline for you, set your own!
- Break large projects into smaller tasks.
- Keep a paper trail!
- If a co-worker requests something from you, have them send it in an email.
- Keep a bulletin or dry erase board nearby and write down any important dates, notes, or ideas right after you hear them and go back and add them to a calendar or notebook.
- When you are given an assignment, repeat it back in your own words to make sure you understand (and remember!) all parts.
These are accommodations you can implement yourself. If you think you might need something a little more concrete, you do have the choice of disclosing your ADHD diagnosis to your employer and working with them to help you be even more successful!
These awesome tips were derived from the book, 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADHD by Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD. It is a great book that has more tips and tricks to stay organized and accomplish your goals!