Working through a cold with ADHD? Plan again!
I've had a doozy of a cold this week. It turned into a sore throat that just wouldn't quit, leaving me with a croaking larengitus. An ADHD Coach with no voice is like a waiter with a broken leg — you can do the job, but it sure is harder!
Nevertheless, I worked through the week and kept all my phone appointments. What I didn't count on was how much slower I was at working my own projects between appointments. Marketing or writing tasks that normally could have been relatively easy seemed to drag on for hours. My attention span on independent work was considerably less than normal.
As always, many of my Coaching clients were facing the common ADHD challenge of procrastinating until the last minute on a project, then suddenly able to focus the day before the due date, and finding that the project took much longer than they expected it to.
Do you often scramble deliver at the last minute?
If so, most of the time it might involve an unanticipated all-night work session, a feeling of stress and exhaustion, and the knowledge that the quality of your work wasn't what it could have been if you had started sooner.
But what if you were to come down with a cold?
In that case, all bets are off. Because the heightened adrenaline generated by last-minute panic, that usually allows you to suddenly focus, will not be able to overcome the lethargy and draggy brain caused by a stuffed nose, swollen glands and fever.
All the more reason why it's critical to learn how to space out your work and anticipate the unexpected. Colds happen!