On Working with an A.D.D. Professional
Quite a lot is said on this site about my number of creative interests and also about The Attention Deficit Disorder Factor. I would be remiss if I didn't address A.D.D. and A.D.H.D., in context of my work. (I've been diagnosed with each; life's too short to split hairs,) A few details are in order, for anyone considering a collaboration with me:
- Many (most?) people who do what I do have similar wiring. They may not be as open about it as I am, but it's pretty prevalent in the design arena. Which is a good thing, since in order to do this kind of work, one must be able to manage a great variety of tasks and be more than a little okay with change, as client wishes often evolve, or even shift mid-stream.
- In fact, one of the most notable aspects of this label includes heightened creativity. If, then, you're actually seeking out a creative approach to working on this project - perhaps you've yet to figure out some of the key components to your site, for example - this will, without question, be a benefit to a possible future working relationship.
- I've found it helpful to gather a collection of tools that enhance my organization and time-management skills, and am also surrounded by incredible amounts of support. This just enhances my work!
- A common misconception is that if someone has A.D.D. or A.D.H.D., they are unable to focus. In reality, when there's a need to focus on a task that's highly interesting, focus can actually become quite extreme. Another reason I work hard to ensure I take on the right projects.
- What you don't want is someone who's been diagnosed with A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. collaborating on your website project who ignores this part of their life and doesn't work to harness the up-sides while using tools to minimize the down-sides. It's worth noting that yet another up-side is just how hard one will have likely had to work, over the years, to find the right career path. Self-awareness isn't just a useful trait to cultivate, but in "my people" it's often a hard-won gain. Not to mention, regardless of the areas in which one's greatest challenges lie, many people don't bother to face their primary challenges head-on. So should you choose to work with a self-aware person who is open about their A.D.D., simply know that it will rarely be boring and you should feel free to voice any questions up front, about not only working styles, but frankly, about all topics of concern. Just as you would with anyone you wish to have a healthy working relationship with.
- Knowing my perspective on this topic, if working with someone with A.D.H.D. or A.D.D. makes you extremely hesitant to work with me, I'm neither offended nor do I necessarily think it's a good idea for you to contact me. What we're looking for is a good match. I'm here to help you make the right choice, not to get all the business that could possibly come from this site.