How to Single-Task When You Are an Entrepreneur with ADHD

Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 9.34.29 AMSingle-tasking is the new multi-tasking!!!

Even though we know that multi-tasking isn’t good—it isn’t productive, doesn’t make us feel accomplished, and even makes our IQ go down—as an ADHD entrepreneur, I am guessing you do it all the time (don’t worry, you aren’t alone).

Here are some common reasons why ADDers love to multi-task:

1.) It makes you feel alive! It gives you energy, life seems more exciting.
Flitting from one thing to the next quickly means your adrenaline is pumping and that feels good.

2.) You are scared you will forget to do something. The second a thought comes into your mind, you act on it right away, regardless of what you are working on when it occurred to you.

3.) You have a low threshold for boredom. Talking the phone is boring, so talking and playing dots on your iPad is better.

The definition of multi-tasking is:

a.) Doing two or more things at the same time (such as talking on the phone while grocery shopping).

b.) Moving to and from tasks quickly. For example, writing a report, checking emails and doing your online banking.

Which type of multi-tasking do you do? Or do you do both? If you have problems with your memory, stop doing a.) right now! It’s impossible to remember something when you weren’t paying attention to it in the first place. Of the two types, this one is easier to stop. Plus, you will feel less scattered, more grounded, and notice improvement in your memory right away.

The reason why multi-tasking is counter productive when you have ADHD is because of executive functions of the brain.

Multi-tasking is performed by the executive functions of the brain and as someone with ADHD, your executive functions aren’t as strong as your non-ADHD peers. All the suggestions Marcia and I give you are to support your executive functions. Multi-tasking doesn’t help—it hinders them.

Researchers found there are two steps involved in multi-tasking:

1.) Goal shifting (choosing one item).

2.) Role activation (switching between the rules from one task to another).
Every time we switch tasks, we lose time. Some researchers believe we are 40% less productive when we multi-task.

This video will help

Asking an ADHD entrepreneur to stop multi-tasking is a bit like asking a 4-year-old to hand over their Halloween candy. However, this video will help! It talks about single-tasking being the new multi-tasking, and the description about going on tangents on the internet is perfect.

Let us know if you enjoy the video!

Jacqui Sinfield is an ADHD Coach and author. You can find more from her at

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