Overcoming Lack of Focus and Clarity
People living with ADHD or those experiencing similar symptoms without a formal diagnosis may have trouble with remembering daily routines, tasks, and commitments and following through, despite their best intentions. Their memory for routine things gets worse under stress, more so than other people. Some preliminary research suggests that people with ADHD may also have trouble managing oxidative or cell stress in the brain. This ‘stress forgetfulness’ often causes strain in both professional and personal relationships.
Related to this area of focus and clarity are some practical skills like the ability to stay organized – organizing your thoughts and your environment, which frees up mental headspace.
If you tend towards these traits or can be a bit scattered, it is also very common to have lots of new ideas and a fast-paced mind. While these are two things that can be a great asset for the creative process, on the flip side, they can see you starting many projects in the initial excitement phase but quickly becoming overwhelmed with the number of balls in the air. Sometimes, people find it hard to finish projects when stress forgetfulness makes following through more difficult.
Once you recognize this is a challenging area, work on strategies to help. Resist the temptation to get lost in phone messages or emails as the way to plan your day. Instead, break projects down into clear, bite-sized chunks and take steps to avoid mental overwhelm and shutdown mode. You can try using the RM app to help organize your self care plan and track interventions you start to help with this resilience skill area.
If this is a challenging area, you may also find a hidden strength – being highly creative in some way – and you may also have the ability to hyperfocus on something you are passionate about, with the ability to tap into a very productive flow state when this trait is optimized with clear predictable routines and keeping even bedtimes and wake up times constant even on weekends.