People with ADHD know that despite their reputation for being easily distracted, they can also have an uncanny ability to concentrate when truly engaged with something they enjoy. It may not happen all the time -or at the best time (!) - but it’s still worth celebrating.
The official term in the ADHD world is hyperfocus, and it’s defined by Ari Tuckman, PsyD, as “a locking-in of attention wherein the person becomes completely absorbed in an activity to the exclusion of awareness of the rest of his environment.” It can range from throwing oneself into a writing or painting project, to playing videogames for hours.
The good news is that hyperfocus offers the potential to get a lot done, often with ease.
When you connect with what you want to accomplish in a way that grips your attention, it can be quite satisfying and productive. Find ways to take ownership of your projects by making them creative and appealing, even if others question your methods! When it comes to washing the kitchen floor, this may be a stretch, but even then, sing or do whatever occurs to you to make it more engaging.
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