Coping Skills for ADD- Distractions

Studies show that therapy and/or counseling to help those afflicted with ADD learn coping skills and adaptive behaviors enhances their quality of life.

Distractions from both dealing with boredom and over-stimulation can both be important challenging issues in the workplace. Boredom can lead to distracted thoughts, daydreaming which leads to loss of time and work production.

And over-stimulation can lead to hyper-alert mode, resulting in overactive imaginations and distracting thoughts, resulting in lack of focus and attention to the job.

Some boredom busters include: break up tasks into smaller more manageable chunks, take breaks and water-cooler trips, and ask for more challenging work.

Some over-stimulation busters include: forget “multi-tasking”. Do one thing at a time; when possible, use tools like email and voicemail so that emails and calls do not interrupt your routine, allowing you to focus more on tasks at hand. Then only respond to them twice a shift.

Jot down notes to help sort out ideas that pop into your mind. See your manger, teacher or advisor about handling chaotic noise, space and other hectic work-related and school-related issues maybe offer to use earphones, move to a less crowded area or transfer to a different class.