I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), which usually is fine for me. I like the way my mind can make leaps and jumps from one branch of thoughts to another, rather like a squirrel. And speaking of squirrels, this ADD person sits in a window cube. Outside the window are 3 large pine trees – home to now 4 squirrels, 2 hummingbirds, and some really big and mean crows (they steal the squirrels’ food).
So I ask you, how can I focus with the squirrel playfulness and hummingbird wonder and crow drama unfolding outside my window?
- Don’t: When I need to focus on creating something like an idea or concept, this is perfect distraction to let my mind fly and be free.
- Change location: I often sit in other cubes when I really need to focus on churning out a deliverable.
- Timers: I’ll set a timer for 45 minutes, close all social media and email, and blast my headphones. I promise myself I will go outside at the end of the 45 minutes. Works amazingly well.
Do you have any ideas? Share them in the comments!