ADD in Executives
One thing I'm learning the hard way about ADHD is that moving up the ladder can accentuate the problems.
I was diagnosed as a child and briefly treated on Ritalin. My mom took me off it because of side effects, I've been told. From that time until now, I've been untreated. And, in fact, I basically forgot that I had ADHD until the last year; greatly impaired in the last couple months, which is part of what brought me to the GTD site.
ADHD folk like me, I'm told, recognizing that things are spinning out of control, sometimes turn attention (as I have) to a near-obsessive study of organizational skills. I hear it's a good thing, although so far I've not been very successful at implementing much of anything.
In my case, going into private practice as an attorney is what's brought things to the fore. Private practice removed the last of the built-in structures that helped keep me somewhat on track in prior jobs. The good news is that although I thought I'd been cut adrift, I'm actually not. The bad news is the reason I'm not adrift is because there's a raging torrent of chaos and I'm kind of caught in the middle of it.
Anyway, that's a whole lot of babbling about nothing (another problem, I guess, we have). What I meant to post here was that I recently found some books are geared towards helping ADHD people get organized. I'm looking at them to try to help supplement what I'm learning from GTD.
The one I'm almost done reading -- 4 Weeks to an Organized Life with AD/HD by Freed and Shapiro -- talks about trying different techniques, mostly involving visualization because AD/HD people are supposed to be more "visual thinkers." (It does seem to be true for me.)
Two others I haven't read yet, but have ordered, are:
ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Kolberg and Nadeau
Organizing Solutions for People with Attention Deficit Disorder by Pinsky
Lastly, a book which is helping me a quite a bit is called The Disorganized Mind: Coaching your ADHD Brain to Take Control of your Tasks, Time and Talents.
Frankly, that was the book that reminded me that I had ADHD and it hadn't gone away by my becoming an adult. My wife and office partner have both also looked at the book now, too, and agree it's me. The ANSWER approach outlined in that book is helping me to start to build some structure.
And the GTD program is helping me get some structure for my "stuff."
Hope that helps someone.
P.S. I learned about the books I mentioned by googling "organizational skills for people ADHD" or something like that. I found there are also websites oriented towards the same idea, but haven't had time to look at them yet.