In my home, we often joke around about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or as my kids call it, “attention deficit oh look, there’s a squirrel…”). My kids and I tend to be easily distracted but highly creative individuals. The Highly Creative part lends itself well to being a WAHM (Work at Home Mom) but not so so much the “easily distracted” part. (update: I was diagnosed as having ADHD about 19 years ago)
The thing is, from what I’ve seen, most of us with ADHD (mild to severe) have to do constant battle with keeping our focus and not losing interest in things. I think as a WAHM, that is also true.
So Many Ideas, So Little Time
As they say, So many ideas, so little time.
You can’t do something magnificent with every business idea that pops into your head. You’re one person and so am I.
So how do you successfully manage to work from home and run a home based business in spite of the ADHD and easily distracted nature? Here are my favorite “entrepreneurial ADHD” tips!
Entrepreneurial ADHD Tip #1: Sit on Your New Idea A While
The real key to making this “new idea” work though is tempering my enthusiasm and sitting on it a while, brooding over it, until I’m ready to hatch it (so to speak). I’ve rushed in where angels feared to tread too many times, and started strong then ended poorly far too often.
The two big pitfalls we often battle are rushing something or procrastinating. It’s not easy to tell which you should and should not be doing. Usually which ever one you have a hard time overcoming (the urge to rush in or the urge to go check your Facebook page again) is probably the one you should be doing.2 big pitfalls we often battle are rushing something or procrastinating #ADHD #WAHM Click To Tweet
If you feel like dawdling around on Facebook or reading another news story, you probably need to get to work instead.
If you feel like rushing it, you should probably take some time and productively plan this out better.
Entrepreneurial ADHD Tip #2: Appropriate Prep Work
Now when I talk about prep work and the WAHM with ADHD, I need to confess something from my own ADHD brain. My favorite way to start up a new business venture (and this is really absurd, I tell you) is to create a new logo. I came to realize it had nothing to do with my desire to actually start the business, but just that I love screwing around in PhotoShop when I should be working.Overcoming Entrepreneurial #ADHD Tip #2: Appropriate Prep Work #WAHM #organizing Click To Tweet
For this launch, I decided to do that which I never do. I am making myself write content before I ever touch the WordPress Theme or create graphics.
Ugh, it’s killing me but I think it’s working. I need content to see how to best lay this site out. Duh.
Before you hire a web designer or start pulling apart your theme/template, get your content written. Write at least some of it. See where you’re going. Discover what kind of navigation you’ll need.
You’ll be glad you did.
Entrepreneurial ADHD Tip #3: A To-Do List for Staying on Task
Like most people with ADHD, I have an obsession with time management products. Each purchase is all about me hoping this new thing will make me organized and not a scatterbrained, hopelessly distracted woman.
They all fail of course.
Keeping a realistic list of what has to be done each day, and checking it off, helps me to stay on task, as does refusing the urge to go visit Facebook Twitter, or any other social media distraction.
My method of time management is not a new Franklin-Covey planner. Instead it’s using a combination of Evernote and Google Keep (I’ve written more on each of these). A simple list in a plain old notebook also works well. For a time, I tried doing Bullet Journalling, but I soon realized it made me get off track much faster than it helped, as I wanted to make it pretty instead of using it for greater productivity.
Simple, but effective.