I always get great questions for the Ask Me Anything Free Webinars that I offer through ADDClasses.com. Some of the answers to the questions also make great blog post.
Here’s one I got during the one I did with Aron Croft back in April.
I often explain my brain feels like there’s an on/off switch in there and when it’s off, nothing will get done, no matter how hard I try, even things like going to the toilet or eating/drinking. I just can’t make myself do it.
Since my ADHD diagnosis I now understand this more, and I’ve found that exercise seems to be helping me have a little more control over the ‘switch’, but on the days I’m not exercising (and I can’t do it daily because I also have M.E) I find my brain is just really sluggish again.
Is there another way to get that ‘switch’ moving?
When it comes to productivity, understanding and harnessing our energy levels is crucial. As individuals with ADHD, we face unique challenges that can affect our ability to stay focused and accomplish tasks. However, by paying attention to our energy levels and meeting ourselves where we are, we can optimize our productivity and make the most of our abilities. In this article, we will explore two different approaches to managing energy and productivity with ADHD, allowing you to find your flow and thrive.
- Designating High Productivity Days: If you notice that you have more energy on the days you exercise, why not designate those days as your high productivity days? By doing so, you can capitalize on your increased focus and motivation. On these days, tackle tasks that require more energy and concentration, such as work projects or engaging in mentally stimulating activities. Recognize that on recovery days, when you may be feeling depleted, it’s perfectly okay to give yourself permission to rest and recharge fully.
- Spreading Exercise for Enhanced Energy: Another effective strategy is to examine your exercise schedule and explore the possibility of spreading it out over more days. Instead of working out for longer periods on fewer days, consider reducing the duration and exercising on more days. For instance, if you typically exercise for 60 minutes on exercise days, you can divide that time in half and engage in 30-minute sessions on more days. This approach allows for regular physical activity while distributing the energy expenditure more evenly throughout the week.
Tweaking Routines for Optimal Energy Alignment: While routines can be beneficial for managing ADHD symptoms, it’s essential to tailor them to suit your energy levels. Recognize that energy levels can fluctuate, and not every day will be the same. By tweaking your routines to align with your energy, you can optimize your productivity and prevent burnout. Consider incorporating breaks, adjusting task schedules, and adapting your routine to fit your energy patterns. Flexibility and adaptability are key.
Harnessing the Power of Energy Management: To delve deeper into the topic of prioritizing, energy management, and ADHD, I highly recommend listening to the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast Episode: Prioritizing, Energy Management, and ADHD.” In this episode, Lynne Edris and I discuss the significance of understanding our energy levels and how it can positively impact our lives. Gain valuable insights and practical tips to navigate your ADHD journey with a focus on energy optimization.
Managing ADHD and optimizing productivity involves recognizing and embracing our energy levels. By incorporating strategies that suit our individual needs, such as designating high productivity days or spreading out exercise sessions, we can achieve a better balance. Remember, it’s crucial to meet ourselves where we are, acknowledge our limitations, and celebrate our accomplishments. By understanding our energy patterns, we can create routines that support our well-being and unlock our full potential. So, let’s embark on this journey of energy management and productivity, paving the way for a more fulfilling and accomplished life with ADHD.