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How to be successful in your career when you have ADHD

AU Job Connection October 12, 2022

You're not lazy, irresponsible, or stupid. You have ADHD. Though it may seem like your career is doomed because of your diagnosis, there are many successful people with ADHD. Some say that their diagnosis is what allows them to be so successful. With the right coping mechanisms and workarounds, you can be successful too. Here's how:

1. Find a job that plays to your strengths.

ADHD can be a real asset in certain careers. For example, people with ADHD often make great entrepreneurs because they're risk-takers who are always looking for new challenges. If a traditional 9-to-5 desk job seems tedious and uninspiring, consider starting your own business or finding a job in a more creative field.

2. Don't try to do everything yourself.

Trying to do everything on your own is a recipe for disaster when you have ADHD. You'll quickly become overwhelmed and bogged down in details. Instead, delegate tasks and learn to let go of control. This will free up your time and energy so that you can focus on the things that matter.

3. Stay organized and create a structure for yourself.

An organized workspace and daily routine can do wonders for someone with ADHD. Create a designated work space for yourself, complete with all the tools and supplies you need to stay productive. Make sure your work area is clean and clutter-free. And finally, establish a daily routine and stick to it as much as possible. This will help to minimize distractions and keep you on track.

Having ADHD doesn't mean your career is over before it's even begun. There are many successful people with ADHD who have found ways to work around their diagnosis and find careers that play to their strengths. By finding a job that suits you, delegating tasks, staying organized, and establishing a daily routine, you too can be successful in your chosen field--despite having ADHD!