The Power of ADD

In his book “Shadow Syndromes” author John Ratey talks about the benefits of having low-grade ADD.

One of these is the ability to hyperfocus:

it may also be accurately described as an exceptionally intense capacity to “zone in” on a specific thing, blocking out potential distractions at a greater level than is common for most people.”

As I noted in a previous post, the ADD-like brain of the Artistic-type is wont to wander, and wonder; to diverge, to look and be scattered.

However, artists (and non-artists) whether they actually have ADD, or simply look ADD-like, can cultivate the gift of hyperfocus.

According to Ratey, hyperfocus, comes ‘naturally’ to those with “shadow’ ADD.

So, what about those of us who only look like we have ADD?

Can we use  the power of hyperfocus?

I say, “Why not try?”

Here’s how.

  1. Make a commitment to hyperfocus.
  2. Set a time limit … 10 minutes or less seems like a good idea.
  3. Pick a focus topic or task.
  4. Set a timer … a simple kitchen timer can do the trick.
  5. GO!
  6. As distractions come up — and they bloody will — gently push them aside. Gentleness works better than trying to bully them … Yoga practice is teaching me that.
  7. Keep going. Keep working. Keep focused.
  8. When the time limit arrives … wrap up the last few threads of the task.
  9. Shut ‘er down.

That’s the process in 10 simple steps.

Give it  a go!

And, do let me know how it works for you.