According to WebMD Medical Reference, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is most common in children; however, it can follow a person into adulthood. Adults with ADHD have difficulty remembering things, being organized, and completing tasks. This can adversely affect their job performance— supervisors and other co-workers may misinterpret the behavior as being lazy and negligent. But please be assured all hope is not lost; if you are diagnosed with ADHD (or ADD), there are some helpful tips to help you succeed at your job:
- Write things down. Have a notepad, sticky notes, and writing utensils near you while at work. The next time you’re at a meeting, jot down the key points your boss is saying to help you remember important facts.
- Limit distractions. If possible, ask your supervisor if you can sit somewhere else in the office to minimize distractions. If it’s not possible, politely ask your co-workers to lower their voices when talking.
- Be organized. Have all of your files organized by placing paperwork in manila folders (or 3-prong folders). Make use of labels and color flags to “mark” pages for easy reference.
- Have a priority list. Before your shift begin, think of tasks that has to be completed that day. Then on a sheet of paper, prioritize your tasks. As you complete each task, cross it off your list and move on to the next. This will make you feel confident, be productive, and make your boss happy that you’re staying on top of things.
Chakraburtty, Amal. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: ADHD in Adults. WebMD Medical Reference. 1 March 2010. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-adults on 27 January 2012.