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One topic I’ve been interested in the last few years, has been ‘Minimalisism’.
It’s helped me remove things in my life which are no longer useful. Whether that is physical things in my life, emotional or mental load, or relationships. It’s about letting go, and intentionally keeping things in your life that have meaning & usefulness. It’s about finding freedom from overwhelm.
There is The Minimalists podcast. Which keeps me motivates me to keep ontop of all the junk. They also have a documentary on Netflix.
Ahh I hear you!
I work in the same field. I’ve had the same issues.
I’m super slow to get things done and understanding challenging concepts.
I’m always up front with my team and supervisors about the challenges I have. But I’m also fully aware of my strengths, and that I offer something that most others in the organisation cannot. My creative thinking and ability to articulate ‘outside the box’ concepts is my strength. People think that I’m incredibly knowledgeable.
In fact, When I inform my colleagues that I have ADHD… they are really surprised.
I’m always upfront, especially with my supervisor, about my limitations. A good supervisor will support you with those limitations, and utilities your strengths.
It would be nice if that was always the case!
- This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by jonovdp.
This is my first time posting here.
I was completely in the same stage with study after high school. I was really daunted by the prospect of learning at a higher level than I did in High school. Plus I completely struggled with learning and studying as a kid.
When I did my first degree, i actually found it easier than high school. Because when your sifting through research papers, and text books for the information you need to support your argument…. It’s actually working to the strengths of someone with ADHD. I found myself bouncing from one article to another, to another, until I got what I needed. I learned way more this way.
Reading slabs of text is a nightmare. Some tips I use:
– find out what you need to learn from the reading requirement. Ie. is there questions or a quiz you must do. then read the important parts you need.
– if your really struggling, read the first and last sentence of each paragraph. The first sentence is the ‘introduction’; The last sentence is the ‘conclusion’ for each paragraph.
-talk to your classmates about what they’ve read, and get them to summarise.
– find the topic your learning about on an audiobook or documentary. Find another way to take in the information that’s not about reading slabs of text.
– lastly (and probably the most controversial point), is the reading you’ve been given essential? If it isn’t, don’t stress. Many times, teachers and lecturers give students unnecessary reading to do.
These are a few strategies I’ve used in my study. Both times I’ve completed degrees, I’ve had to drop down to a part time load, because I simply couldn’t keep up with all the requirements. While most people I studied with, could flick a switch and focus on the work they need to do…. i felt like I was pushing a car up hill, just to get into the right mindset.