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My ADHD Makes Multitasking Impossible

March 15, 2022 Michael Thomas Kincella

In the last blog post, we looked at how my attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) led me across the Atlantic Ocean on impulse in a short and ill-fated trip to Canada. This time around, I'll talk about how I control impulsivity at home. In particular, I'll show you the simple system I use to get things done.

Multitasking with ADHD Overwhelmed My Addled Brain

Before my ADHD diagnosis, I used to overwhelm my addled brain. Seeking satiety, I'd feast on Twitter, books, television programs, and a dozen Firefox tabs, all at the same time.

It was a vain effort to satisfy an easily-distracted mind, and it always ended in frustration. I couldn't give any activity my full concentration because of how many I was juggling at the same time, but I'd get bored when I tried to whittle things down. It was a cruel situation.

I Now Work on One Task at a Time

Once I received an ADHD diagnosis, I was able to find a medication that does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping the worst excesses of the condition in check. What I mean is this: thanks to my medication, my levels of distraction and impulsivity are comparable to those of someone who doesn't have ADHD.

However, that doesn't mean I don't have to organize or plan a routine. In fact, given my predisposition to try and do everything at once, I have to be extra vigilant of organizational backsliding. So, I now work on one task at a time.

My Anti-Multitasking Task Management Formula for ADHD

Here's how I approach tasks:

  • Create a list on a whiteboard.
  • Work on the most important task first.
  • Use an online timer that chimes after 30 minutes.
  • Work on the task until the timer expires.
  • Take a short break.
  • Reset timer; continue task; work to completion.
  • Mark task as complete on the whiteboard.
  • Start the next task, repeating each step in the process.

By adopting this method, I remove a lot of the anxiety around productivity. By working on one task at a time, I get more things done throughout the day.

Does your ADHD prevent you from multitasking effectively? Let me know in the comments.

APA Reference
Thomas, M. (2022, March 15). My ADHD Makes Multitasking Impossible, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, June 26 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/livingwithadultadhd/2022/3/my-adhd-makes-multitasking-impossible



Author: Michael Thomas Kincella

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