Staying organized on the job when you have ADD
The workplace can be highly competitive. If you are one of the millions of adults with ADD, you may not be functioning at your peak performance. Give yourself every opportunity to succeed by taking advantage of ADHD resources, like Dr. George Sachs’ Adult ADDSolution, and by limiting distractions and staying organized on the job.
Psychology Today offers some great tips for organizing your office or work space https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octane-women/201109/8-easy-organizational-tips-increase-your-productivity-work.
Diane Albright, a certified professional organizer and owner of All Bright Ideas, told the magazine about a survey by Brother International that showed “the average worker wastes close to two weeks a year searching for things she or he has lost or misplaced, resulting in thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars in business losses depending on the size of your business. Other surveys suggest that the numbers, both in lost hours and lost dollars, are even higher.”
That means, even if you are one of the millions of adults with ADD, you’re not alone when it comes to finding organizing your workspace a challenge. You have nothing to be ashamed of! Even if you adopt only one new habit to help you manage the tools of your trade – whether they are computer files, paper clips, a stylist’s shears or a mechanics wrenches – you will have taken a step in the right direction (and you may even find your coworkers asking how you did it!).
Lots of people have a designated place for their stapler or they’re pliers or their favorite chef’s knife. The problem is that we don’t always put things back in that designated place. According to Psychology Today, the goal is “to be able to quickly and easily locate the things you’re looking for.”
So, remember, it’s not just setting up a simple system of organization – it’s using that system consistently!
Among the other tips Psychology Today picked up from the professional organizer are:
- Go Vertical – If you use it often, keep it close. But if you only use it once in a while, Albright says to store it in high or low storage spots to open up the space in between for things you do use often. She suggests shelving, wall baskets, wall-mounted file folders, and wall hooks as great ways to go vertical.
- Label, Label, Label – Labeling not only helps you stay better organized, it also helps others function more independently in your workspace. So Albright suggests that you find an easy-to-use label maker and start labeling!
Albright also says it’s a good idea to straighten up your desk or your workspace before you leave work for the day. As Psychology Today reported, “Not only can a disorganized desk become an ongoing source of stress, it can also result in important tasks getting lost in the chaos and clutter.”
And, if you don’t wait for the very end of the day to tidy up your work area, you may get an even bigger payoff! “Albright says that by tidying up your desk an hour before you leave, you not only may discover a task that got lost in the clutter, you might still have enough time to handle it,” Psychology Today says.
Monster.com reminds us that it’s not just our physical work areas that we should consider when we’re trying to get organized. “Use technology wisely,” the online employment site says. “Strive to keep phone numbers and other often-used data on your computer and/or mobile phone. Online organizers — which you can access via your computer or your phone — can combine your calendar, address book, to-do lists and more. They can also send you pop-up reminders about meetings and deadlines. It may take a little time to master using these tools, but they’ll save you time (and lots of sticky notes) in the long run.”
If you think the challenges you face at work might be due to ADD, you can take our ADHD quiz. There may be ADHD resources – ranging from ADHD medication to professionally developed ADD programs like the Adult ADD Solution – that can make a real difference in your life.