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Back To Work With ADHD

A break from traditional worry …

So, I’m back.

I was on holidays for two weeks, but I’m back now.

What? You didn’t know I was gone?

But now you’re saying, “Oh, he just wrote some posts and scheduled them in advance, that’s what he did.”


Wait. What?

I actually wrote all my posts no more than a day in advance all through my holidays. I also did my other job to the best of my abilities. and it is time sensitive.

Additionally, I got offered another job, took a meeting about that, and even did some of the preliminary work on it. Then I took the job.

Uh, this doesn’t sound like holidays …

Yep, you’re right. It doesn’t. But it was. I changed my attitude toward my work, didn’t worry about it, made efforts to finish quickly and then we just got down to the business of holidaying, stay-cation style.

And it worked. We were mostly relaxed. We did things in our community and around our area. It’s handy that we live in an area where other people often come to vacation.

But now I’m back

Yes, I am. And guess what? It almost feels like a different kind of vacation.

It feels like I’m on another type of holiday.

How so?

My regular life is full of structure. My phone keeps my calendar, our days are scheduled with various repeating tasks. I know where I’m supposed to be almost all the time.

And that is comforting for someone with ADHD. In fact, it’s downright relaxing in a very real way.

So … no more vacations?

Ha! Not hardly going to happen. In fact, I’m thinking of merging vacations and work and life in general with my new “live joyously” mantra and see if I can make my life even more … joyous?

I’ve decided to approach every day like it is either a vacation day or a work day, and accept that.

How does that work?

I guess it works the same as it always did. So once again, the difference is in the attitude.

I’ve long been the man who looks out the window each day and sees what the weather is like and says, “I love that!” no matter what is happening.

Stormy weather

Sunny days are wonderful, but rain brings back memories of games played indoors and conversations in cafés with window scenes that looked like impressionist paintings. Storms that rage with thunder and lightening or blowing snow show a raw beauty in the shear power of their displays and I love that as well.

So my new attitude is something like that. If the day is a workday I’m going to revel in the structure of it and think not at all of holidays. If the day is a holiday I’m going to approach my work lightly and get it done expeditiously and get on with the unstructured endeavors that present themselves.

And just like the weather outside, I’m going to enjoy the weather of my days. And today is a workday. And I’ve got a bunch of things to do.

This is going to be good.

Back To Work With ADHD

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2017). Back To Work With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 14, 2020, from


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