As a successful entrepreneur with A.D.D, I have taken my distractions and turned them into direction. I know that A.D.D. will not go away and so I have started some lifestyle changes that has helped me not only in my professional life but also in my personal life.
1. Limit distractions.
Working in a noisy place can trigger your brain to go in many different directions. I use headphones that can cancel out noise (I love this pair). Or if I need to pay attention in a meeting or have an important conversation with someone I keep my cell phone off or in another room. I close the door to my office when I don’t want to be disturbed and my team knows when the door is closed to not disturb me.
2. Train my brain.
I read every night for a minimum of 15 minutes. I work on learning something new. I use apps such as Luminosity to help with memory. I know that I have a neurodevelopmental mental disorder, therefore I am committed to working hard to keep my mind sharp and exercise my brain.
3. Work my body.
It has been proven that at least 20 minutes of exercise per day has enormous benefits. Releasing some of the energy through exercise helps me with focus and function. If exercise can improve my thinking ability in addition to helping with my overall health, it seems like a no-brainer to me. I try to walk, yoga, bike or something every day. Mediation is also important to keeping healthy mentally.
There is no magical formula to rid A.D.D.. My simple lifestyle changes have not only helped with focus, but I am also setting a good example. A.D.D. or no A.D.D. we should all be limiting distractions, training our brains, and working our bodies. Life’s too short to focus on the positive, expand our minds, and make sure our bodies are healthy.