I get up, walk the dogs. I had a small snack and swallowed my meds. Sit on the couch and find a show to watch while I wait for the medication to kick in, and check a few emails while I do.
I go through my social media accounts, check some analytics, and browse the internet for a while. Sounds like a very cold day, right?
Believe it or not, I just read my morning routine. Every morning, that’s what I do. That’s the beauty of self-employment!
When I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 2010, I could see how my symptoms, especially my morning alertness issues, were causing me problems with conventional functioning.
I was an amazing employee in the sense that I was loyal, hardworking and loyal. But on time? Not much.
It became very clear that I had to find a way to create a job that would meet my needs as an ADHD woman while providing a sustainable income.
In a way, I didn’t write as a first choice. I don’t know why, because I’ve been writing stories since I was in elementary school.
As a teenager, I won many awards and accolades for my writing. However, I was confused as to how to break into the writing world, and I tried a few other things first, including a short stint at the head of a crochet shop that didn’t. not had much success.
However, as soon as I picked up my pen and started my blog, Black Girl, Lost Keys, it all started to slip. This is what made running my own business a natural thing.
1. I can step away from work when my mind won’t cooperate
There are days when ADHD – despite my best efforts – takes over, and I have no say in whether or not I can work that day.
When this happens, it really helps that you don’t feel intimidated by your manager finding out that you haven’t done anything all day. Having the opportunity to get away from it all for a few hours makes a huge difference to my productivity and my sanity.
2. Picking the projects helps me pay attention
Apparently not every part of my job is the most interesting thing in the world – for example, invoices? I hate that. Follow-up emails? forget that.
However, choosing the majority of the projects I have to do means that working around their maintenance isn’t entirely painful.
I put the articles I write to others. I select the content that is placed on my own blog. If I have been in cryptic writing, I learned a long time ago to stop taking on projects that bored me.
Making sure I’m doing a job I’m interested in only makes the job a whole lot easier.