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Unlock Your Potential: 5 ADHD Hacks for Improved Focus and Productivity

By Sean Mari Sagun, Founder at SM Social • Published July 16th, 2023

ADHD hacks to improve focus and productivity

Last June, I got diagnosed with ADHD at 29 years old. I made it my mission to share my diagnosis journey as well as my productivity and dopamine hacks as a creator and entrepreneur with ADHD. Living with ADHD can present very unique challenges. But with the right strategies and mindset, you can harness your strengths and achieve maximum productivity. In this article, we'll explore my Top 5 ADHD hacks that I personally implement - and it might work for you too! Let’s dive in!

Hack 1: Embrace the Power of Routines

One of the most effective ways to manage ADHD is by establishing a solid routine. Routines provide structure and stability, helping to anchor your day. Here's how you can make the most of it:

- Set a consistent sleep schedule and stick to it.
- Create a daily routine that includes dedicated time for work, exercise, relaxation, & hobbies.
- Use visual cues, such as calendars or task boards, to reinforce your routine

Hack 2: Break It Down

Large tasks can feel overwhelming, leading to procrastination and a loss of focus. To combat this, break down your tasks into smaller, manageable chunks:

- Create a to-do list with specific tasks.
- Set clear deadlines for each task.
- Celebrate small victories along the way!

Hack 3: Find Your Focus Zone

ADHD brains thrive in environments that promote focus. Experiment with these strategies to find your ideal focus zone:

- Minimize distractions by turning off notifications on your phone (or ultimately turning it off) or using website blockers.
- Designate a specific workspace where you can concentrate without interruptions.
- Try using noise-canceling headphones or ambient music to drown out distractions.

Hack 4: Delegate and Outsource

Recognize that you don't have to do everything on your own. Delegating tasks and outsourcing certain responsibilities can free up your time and energy:

-Identify and delegate tasks that can be handed off to others, whether it's at work or in your personal life.
- Consider using online services or asking for help for tasks like grocery shopping or house cleaning.
- Focus on your strengths and prioritize tasks that align with your skills and passions.

Hack 5: Seek Professional Help & Practice Self-Compassion

If you find that ADHD is significantly impacting your life, consider seeking professional help:

- Consult with a healthcare professional or therapist experienced in ADHD.
- Give yourself permission to take breaks and rest when needed.
- If you’re from Canada, take this FREE 2-min self-assessment from Frida!

Final Thought

Remember, living with ADHD doesn't define you—it simply adds to your uniqueness. Embrace your journey, experiment with these hacks, and find what works best for you. With the right tools and mindset, you have the power to unlock your full potential and achieve greatness.

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