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posted: Thursday September 29th - 9:00am

What to Do When ADD Adults Can't Get Motivated

At work, I’m quickly overwhelmed by mundane tasks and, more often, fear of unknown outcomes. To overcome feeling stuck, I rely on listening to loud music to stay focused and use to-do lists and complete small tasks as ways to help me stay focused and feel productive, even when I’m moving at a slow ADHD pace.

Everybody procrastinates, but because I have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), I have a propensity to put off the inevitable and necessary far more than the average person. I do this for a variety of reasons, but the two most obvious are boredom and fear. The former has become terribly fashionable because it gives us a face-saving out: The ADD/ADHD mind works too quickly to be...
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posted: Friday September 2nd - 8:00am

How I (Try to) Avoid Being Jealous of My Non-ADHD Peers at Work

Instead of feeling jealous of others’ professional successes, I’ve learned that acknowledging my own weaknesses and relying on other people’s strengths can help me get ahead at work -- and in life.

If you don’t have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), you probably think that the hallmarks of the condition are lateness, inattention, and impulsiveness. But if you live with the condition, you probably focus more on the frustration. In my case, it was always a seething sense of impotence and rage arising from a simple reality: I could never seem to actualize my intentions. And because I...
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posted: Friday August 19th - 11:30am

Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself

Work and family obligations (and maybe even some ADD/ADHD challenges) have kept me away from my blog, but I'm ready to get back on track.

I haven’t blogged in so long, I feel the need to reintroduce myself. Hi, my name is Michael Laskoff. I’m a 43-year-old entrepreneur and CEO of a small company called AbilTo. Four years ago, I learned what others had long suspected: I have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) -- always did, always will. I was the kid who essentially failed second grade and my freshman year...
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posted: Monday April 18th - 1:30pm

ADHD Frustration: How Do You Handle It?

Trying to stay optimistic, I sometimes downplay the challenges that come with attention deficit. The truth is that some days, I hate my ADHD. But I never let it beat me.

For a variety of reasons, I’m in a position to speak openly about my experiences as an adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). I run a business and therefore don’t have to worry about the stigma that many ADD/ADHD adults rightly fear. And because I want to help and encourage others, I have a tendency to do something unfortunate. I tend to speak about the...
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posted: Monday April 11th - 3:00pm

Making Peace With Adult ADD Diagnosis, Symptoms

If you've long dealt with frustrating symptoms, an adult ADD/ADHD diagnosis can be empowering. But when improvement seems impossible, inconsistent, or gradual, how do you stay motivated about treatment?

Knowledge is power, which is why I felt positively super-heroic when my attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) was first diagnosed. I was 39 already, tired of struggling against forces that I didn’t understand, and entirely ready for actionable alternatives. My diagnosis led to exciting treatment options -- medication, behavioral therapy, and codification of useful behaviors -- for relief and betterment. As I brought these approaches to...
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posted: Tuesday December 28th - 2:30pm

ADD Adults, Beware the New Year's Resolution

New Year's resolutions are not a magic bullet -- if anything, they cause you to focus on failures. Rather than dwell on the negative, celebrate smaller achievements this year.

I was once at a conference at which a television producer discussed the basic premise of the sitcom. Simply put, likeable characters experience struggles in amusing ways and fail to learn from them. Different as one show’s premise may be from another, the characters all share one trait -- predictability. They are doomed to make the same mistakes over and over again. If you have attention deficit...
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posted: Tuesday November 16th - 8:00am

Public Speaking and ADHD: 10 Ways to Succeed

Preparing for a big presentation for work or another important speech? Learn how to use ADD/ADHD to your advantage.

If you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), you’ve likely spent a good deal of time lamenting how hard it can be to handle work, relationships, and life in general. But from time to time, the condition and the techniques that we master to control our symptoms actually give us a real, tangible advantage when it comes to public speaking. Don’t get me wrong. Having ADD/ADHD is...
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posted: Monday October 4th - 8:00am

You Can't Overcome ADHD, But You Can Manage It: Three Workplace Strategies That Work

Coping with adult ADD/ADHD at work begins with choosing the best job based on your strengths and weaknesses.

I run a company, but I have not overcome attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). I cannot; the condition is incurable, with me for life. Instead, I wage a daily contest for control of my unproductive and potentially destructive behaviors on the job. Some workdays are better than others, but the trend continues in the right direction. I’m not alone: Every person living with ADD/ADHD has had to...
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posted: Thursday September 9th - 11:00am

Manage ADHD Motor Mouth at Work

Use adult ADD/ADHD verbal skills to your advantage on the job.

As an adult with, until recently, undiagnosed -- and untreated -- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), predictably, my big mouth got me into a lot of trouble earlier in my career. I spoke too much, too often, and sometimes unconstructively. This was a problem for which there was a simple solution. Somebody senior would simply "suggest" that I stop speaking. This...
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posted: Wednesday July 14th - 12:00pm

How ADHD Assets Can Become Workplace Liabilities

If left unchecked, positive adult ADD/ADHD traits, such as creativity, high-energy work productivity, and honesty, could backfire on the job. A lesson on controlling impulses when your career is on the line.

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I spent four decades on this planet before being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). I always knew that I had a "problem," but I managed to graduate from business school near the top of my class without finding or addressing the cause. When I started working full-time, however, I realized I had a huge problem. I literally wrote my book -- Landing...
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