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My desk looks even worse, Wanderquest, but that’s probably because my boss is pretty permissive… Take your desk, add a bunch of food and empty soda cans, and a nearly dead plant, and you’ll have my desk 🙁
What I’ve been doing over the years is advocating for a paperless office, and the more paperless we get, the easier my job gets. There’s just something about being able to file something on a computer and then search and retrieve it later that works soooo much better for me 🙂
It seems there is nothing wrong with my current job that I haven’t experienced at every other job… So I’m not sure finding a different job is my answer – the verdict is still out on that 🙂
So far in tracking my tasks, I’ve noticed that I struggle with getting up and out to work in the morning. I don’t like having to wake up, dress up and enter into the flourescent lighted environment. I am often late – I dread getting out of bed on a weekday.
I don’t like complicated paperwork processes. I’m terrible at keeping them organized, on track and filed in the proper place.
I do like meeting with people in person.
I don’t like checking/answering my email and voicemail.
I enjoy preparing data reports – nice hyperfocus stuff.
The the things I don’t like get put off. The things I like get done. End result: my office looks like a disaster area. I seem inconsistent and unreliable. I’m late to work.
At least knowing these things, I can get more serious about finding tools and motivators to do better.
I work in the administration of a U.S. company, and I have never had anyone come to me asking for any accomodation for ADHD. I am afraid to disclose my own disabilities (I have more than one), because I hold a job position of high trust and confidentiality.
There are accomodations that would help a lot… When I was hired, I negotiated for the privilege of being able to work from home occasionally. This was recently taken away due to my absenteeism. I’m pretty frustrated and thinking about working elsewhere.
Knowing from the inside how companies react to requests for accomodation, I would not ask unless I was confident I had other job opportunities lined up…
I think it’s a great idea! I’m not an attorney, but I deal with attorneys and employment law every day in my job. I suffer from the same style of workload, paperwork and problems.
I’m fascinated with law, and always found it something I could hyperfocus on and be very detail oriented with. The problem is, once the case is no longer “on fire,” it becomes boring and ends up as another stack in my office – which ironically, is probably a fire hazard in itself 🙂
I’m still trying to clean up after 2011 and 2012 files!
Very pertinent thread for me! Haha.
I suffer from depression on top of ADD, so I can be going along pretty well, using some of KC’s ideas, taking my meds, putting in that 110% it takes to just keep my head above water, and then bam. Some small setback will trigger depression, and I will go completely into watching the entire Star Trek series on DVD syndrome (as described above) and neglecting everything else.
I don’t even realize it’s happened until my mail starts coming in red envelopes and the landlord’s hung a note on my door asking about the rent!
This time, I scheduled time in to work on chores, and had several friends that I am sending pictures of my progress to. (As suggested by a coach) For some reason, it seems to be helping.
For me, I don’t know if changing my meds would make a difference. The most important thing is catching myself when I’ve strayed from a healthy routine, and putting things right as quickly as possible.
Once I’m actually committed to getting something done, the meds help me follow through. If I’m completely apathetic, I think they just help me focus better on Star Trek episodes – Lol!
I tried Effexor and really liked it – until I started fainting! It took me 2 weeks of time off work and seeing every doc on the list before I figured out the Effexor was lowering my blood pressure too much.
I already have low BP, but something about the Effexor seemed to be especially bad for me. Now I’m using Cymbalta, which I think is the same type of med, plus Fludroc for the low BP.
The Cymbalta is alright, but I think the Effexor worked better…
Concerta was really great for me – I took it for quite a while when I was first diagnosed!
It was so helpful having something that would “dose itself” throughout the day. I only wish they would make it a little longer acting (which could be affected by what I ate, drank, amount of physical activity, etc.)
Now I take short acting, generic methylphenidate through the day and evening because it allows me to have more control over the dosage around meals and activities I am doing on a particular day.
After taking different types of meds over time, I think it gets easier and easier to use the meds as a tool, along with all the other changes that can be made in my lifestyle so things will run a little more downhill.
Hurray! I’m glad it’s helping you Teddy 🙂 I know how exciting it is to start getting help after struggling with symptoms for a long time!
Blackdog – Keep persisting to figure out what you need, and what doctor can help you. I went through numerous docs before getting help, but the effort was well worth it!
I admit I do get impatient when I feel the conversation isn’t moving fast enough for me… I push it forward by finishing people’s sentences and then adding my 2 cents.
This annoys people, but it seems like there should be some accountability on the other person’s part too.
I know lots of people who converse and interrupt each other, and all the information still gets across just fine, it’s even enjoyable…
To each their own… trying to own my actions, minus the shame part…
Unfortunately, I actually get resentful toward people, like accusing me of interrupting is just this cheap shot.
Maybe I’ll never completely get over the propensity to interrupt.
Does that mean I’ll have to be apologizing for the rest of my life and never attain some kind of acceptance of who I am – warts and all?
I don’t mean to sound like I don’t want to take accountability for my actions, yet I feel misunderstood, and that my interruptions are loaded with a bunch of meaning that is not intended. I’m so tired of having this black mark on every relationship – like a ball and chain of shame…
54 was making me a zombie in the afternoon, so I switched to 36 and it was overall a much better balance for my day.
Then I ended up taking short acting because of appetite issues, so I take the equivalent of about 36mg – just in shorter acting tablets…
I did believe that I needed more and was surprised that less was actually better. There is a “right” amount – too high or too low, and I don’t get a good effect.