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I have resigned myself to living with this, even though I hate it.
It sounds like you can make it work for you.
I have been on meds for a long time. And I still work best under stress at the last minute. When I try to start early, I sit there staring into space, with no ideas. When I have very little time, the ideas come quickly and successfully.
I sometimes work as an artist.. My best creative moments come when I have production deadlines, with money on the line, and don’t really have time for creativity. I set aside months of “creative time” and get no inspiration until I have no more time.
I am also a lawyer. If I sit down to write my closing argument the night before, which is plenty of time…..nothing. The next morning in the shower, the ideas come thick and fast. I am usually still writing when the judge is instructing the jury. That is scarily last minute,but it usually works.
A therapist once explained that the reason ADD’ers are like this is that the deadlines provide non negotiable structure for our lives.
I regularly went through hell with this, until I realized that it always gets done, and nobody notices the little details I obsess over because I am afraid that someone will catch me “not paying attention, ” or “working sloppily.”
Now, like I said, I still hate it, but I am going through much less hell, and I am learning to use it.REPORT ABUSE