Rick Green – Founder of TotallyADD
Some awesome posts here. I do get that everyone’s experience is different. But I also know that medication alone doesn’t make real change happen. Today I took my tablet, first thing, but then as I sat down to work on my upcoming one-man comedy show I was stuck. I have 4 more weeks to finish the show rehearse it, and create all the audio-visual stuff to go with it. I decided to organize myself, finalize the order of the show this week, fine tune the dialogue… okay, the monologue… next week, then a week doing the audio and video stuff, and the final week would be rehearsal.
Sensible and organized.
And two hours went by with me getting almost nothing done.
Then I realized something I already know but keep forgetting. I have ADHD, and trying to create in a linear, logical, scheduled, timed out manner DOES NOT WORK! So I just started doing a bit of one section, then dashed off a whole bunch of ideas for another section, then had a great one-liner for another section, which turned into a whole lot of script, then I started a list of clips I’d like to include… I was all over the place, and in a few hours have gotten a ton done.
The breakthrough wasn’t the medication. But now it’s mid-afternoon and rather than burned out, I still have some energy and I’m still going. The productivity breakthrough came because I switched from trying to do things the way most people would, and did them the way that works for me.
What kills me though is that I completely forget how I work and what makes me productive… and instead I try and plan, organize, structure, and so on, because it seems sensible and logical. But it kills my creativity and spontaneity.
Okay, back to work, Rick.