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"7 Reasons Why People with ADHD Should Work from Home"

Raise your hand if you have ADHD and have ever honestly thought you might die in a long meeting... or a noisy cubicle... or an afternoon brainstorming session without end.

2 Comments: "7 Reasons Why People with ADHD Should Work from Home"

  1. I could not agree with this article less! Does this person have ADD/ADHD? I saw the words “freedom” “choice”, etc…and those are the very things that drives us nuts! Lori

  2. For all those reasons Allison I found I could never work from home. This is not a disagreement with you but a recognition that home growing up never was a place without distractions and because of that my 8 brothers and sisters were never allowed to be inside when my dad was at home attempting to get some work done.
    Yes it was a veritablle madhouse at times . I wasnt diagnosed until Age 70 2 years ago but i am sure at least 4 of my brothers and sisters were as well as my mother.
    When i first started working in an indoor clerical job I had already spent 4 years in the armed forces and a year doing shipping receiving and stock control. You are correct in that although I was able to get a tremendous amount accomplished in a less time than everyone else, I was notoriously late and I lived only a few blocks from the office. The problem was gaining the uninterrupted location to work from. In our company that was referred to as a corner office. Once the manager realized I was able to replace my predecessor in the job and complete a number of his oft postponed projects and replace another key employee on the job I was seconded to a team of planners to work on Corporate planning . As I was not even a Highschool grad much less a University Commerce grad that every other male in the company was it would be harder for me to achieve the Corner Office that went to a very few managers. Not being dissuaded I had managed to double my income between my start date in 1965 and 1970 and I believed it was still possible. That belief unfortunately did not make it happen. In fact it was through my failure to accomplish, that i succeeded in gaining the office and the ability to work at my hours and listen to the music that really made my work attainable.
    First the failure. That office dream that i felt was a few years away suddenly became a possibility and disappeared in a matter of a few weeks. Our division director and his coveted corner office had chosen to take a step sideways and accept a Position as Director of corporate sales in Vancouver Canada. Some may have thought it was a sideways step but the reality was it paid far better (sales Job) and the percs were outstanding plus living in one of the most picturesque cities in the world.
    My hopes of someday replacing him were still a few years off and they settled on someone else for the position “with field office experience”.
    Now wanting his own team I was given a few choices to continue my employment. The first few were not very attractive but the third had some very attractive features It was substantially more pay, it came with a car allowance and other perks. I would be doing a lot of work from that car which i found to be a great workplace. However it involved moving a 1000 miles away and all that that entailed. My wife and I discussed the opportunity and concluded that taking it was the right move . I thoroughly enjoyed the freedom it gave me of choosing my own hours to work. I thrived in the environment partly i had to admit, because it involved driving throughout the midwest great lakes and unlike the home office beautiful scenery. We were an hours drive from Niagara falls
    Once again I was able to double my salary but my family did not adapt to the move very well .
    So at christmas in order to solve problems with school and some homesickness i returned them to home, sold my midwest home and settled them back where they would do well.It took me another Month and a half to be hired by what is now AON and 3 more years to become Vice President. And to double my earnings again. The office came with the job and for a few years it was enough.
    You know there is that part of us that risks and and in my case I knew if I was ever going to take the risk of starting my own company it would have to be soon. My children were growing quickly and University tuition time is not a good time to be trying to establish yourself before the time of the internet. So A friend and colleague of mine founded our own business . That was the best move i ever made.
    I came in after the rush hour traffic has settled and left after it is long gone. My assistants look after the timeliness , the neatness and the completeness of all our projects, And I was able to do the job i loved in the place i loved, though doing emails from home was the most work i was ever able to do in a place other than my office.

    What this long diatribe is saying is that those same problems we face everyday can have more than one solution.


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