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Somehow you need to figure out how to reset your clock in your mind so that work starts 30 minutes earlier than reality. So if work starts at 8, you need to convince yourself it starts at 7:30. That gives you time to be late, plus built in time for traffic, parking, clocking in, getting coffee, etc. I’m not sure what this would look like for you, whether it would require you to set your watch fast, always plan to be there at 7:30, change your “leave time,” or what.
For example, I need to leave the house by 7:40 to be at work on time, but I have my “leave time” as 7:30, because if I leave the house at 7:40, I won’t actually leave the house until 7:40. Because I forgot my keys, sweater, wedding ring, lunch, kid’s bag, etc. Or because the toddler had a tantrum right as we walked out the door. If the toddler is ready to leave at 7:20, I get my things and we leave then, because if I delay, he stops being ready and we’re late.
I also set alarms. For example, I have an hour lunch, which is enough time to go home. But then I can’t relax because I know I’m going to be late. Or I do my math wrong, etc. So I set an alarm when I leave work that goes off with enough time to get back to work.May 8, 2019 at 6:01 pm in reply to: Finding a new, ADHD-friendly (government) career at 39 #116235
I am in the process of changing to speech pathology. Not government, per se, but working for a school district. I only needed one year of classes for an SLP Assistant position, since I already had a bachelor’s degree. I think it will be a good fit.
I recently started taking online classes, which means reading the textbook is no longer “optional” (in quotes because it was always required, even when I didn’t do it). I have a pen and I track the pen along the bottom of each each line. I read to keep up with the pen (although I will re-read if I get distracted and miss stuff). I underline anything I want to remember. This helps because you end up reading the underlined portion an extra time or two, and you have to focus on it as you underline.
I showed signs of ADHD growing up, but I thought I had grown out of it. When I went off of birth control, my energy level went way up, and all my ADHD came back. I would love to know more about this.