I recently got diagnosed with ADHD (and Executive Function Disorder.)
My diagnosis came about because I was looking for productivity tips and came across the YouTube channel the things listed: Structured day, make and prioritize lists, finding/making the best environment, set goals, calendar block, etc.
One symptom/benefit I can’t seem to master is using Hyperfocus constructively, or maybe at all, anymore. I haven’t been hyperfocused on tasks since I was a kid, and it was mostly video games and programming, but now I can only obsess and ruminate about that clown that cut me off on the highway, or how I can’t get anything done. I’ve seen many YouTube videos and books claim this is a superpower, but none are willing to help me do this.
The only thing I can think of is rewards, but any I can think of that would be a great hit of dopamine are counter to most goals in my life:
- shopping (I’m horribly in debt already and have too much stuff) and
- food (I’m fat, trying to lose weight and need to eat healthy to concentrate)
Now that I’m an adult, I want to start my own business or write my own software and the only thing I can do is stare at my list of next actions. These are things I enjoy. This should be easy, but it’s not.
So my questions are
- How do you enter a state of hyperfocus and
- How do you do it on the right things?
What am I missing?