Some the superpowers of ADHD are being able to come up with creative solutions to problems and think outside the box. This can be used to your advantage when coming up with ways to work smarter, not harder. You don’t necessarily have to spend hours toiling on a project if you can think of a way to get to the same results much sooner. Quantity of hours spent on a task or project doesn’t always equal quality of the end results.
What are some ways that you’ve used your creative problem solving to cut down on work time?
If you’re feeling stuck on a project, what are some ways to make the project work for you?
At what point are you getting diminishing returns on “powering through” your project? How will you know when it’s time to step back and re-assess the work process?
What’s the reasoning behind the steps it takes to get the project done? Is there a logic to it? Are there ways to simplify the process?
Sometimes working smarter can mean knowing your own limits to when you will work well on something. Stepping away from a task and coming back to it later can be part of the process that makes the end result better. Take a look at the hours (or however long) spent on a project. How much of that is spent actually working on it? If you’re burnt out but still sitting at your desk (or wherever you are) “working” on this? What are the benefits of doing that?
How will you know when you are being efficient versus cutting corners?
What would it feel like to get to implement your creative ideas into your work?
How could you work smarter? What resources do you have (or need) to accomplish this?
What comes up when you hear “work smarter, not harder”? What comes to mind?
In an effort to not ramble and work smarter, I will close this blog now. This is just another example of working smarter, not harder. Just because there may be fewer words on the page, doesn’t mean there is less value or meaning behind it. Again, quantity doesn’t always equal quality.