How Simple Systems Can Supercharge Your Business when You Have ADHD

Abstract business flow chart diagramAs a business owner with ADHD, you probably don’t like systems. You think systems may stifle your creativity. Or you think they’re too difficult to set up. Or you’ll never follow them. But I urge you to give systems a second look—if you want your business to be successful.

With structure comes freedom

If you know me at all or have worked with me, you know that one of my favorite sayings is “with structure comes freedom.” Many of the people I talk to want it the other way around. They want the freedom to work on things without the structure. They want to work “when they feel creative,” because they didn’t start their business to become a slave to time or schedules. You may feel this way too. I guess that’s okay if your business isn’t serious and you don’t want to make money.

The purpose of a business is to make a profit

I’m going to be hard on you here for a minute. The definition of a business is “the purchase and sale of goods and services in an attempt to make a profit,” so obviously money is a big part of it. And you can’t make money if you don’t have reliable systems with which to do so. Really, you can be creative just to be creative in your free time. During business time, you have to set up structures to be productive.

Systems give focus, comfort, and confidence

You may say it’s boring to work by a system, and as an ADHDer, you don’t work well with boredom. That’s true about the boredom part. But my experience with ADHDers is that without systems, ADHDers lose focus. Without systems, you miss a wonderful [Read more...]

ADHD in Business Survey Results: What Are You Most Interested in, As an Entrepreneur with ADHD?


In Monday’s call, Marcia and I shared the results of our ADHD in Business Survey! If you think that sounds boring . . . it wasn’t. Participants loved the survey (so did Marcia and I), and they gave us wonderful feedback.

If you missed this special program, or want to listen to it again, click on the link below to download the MP3:


ADHD in Business Survey Results: What Are You Most Interested in, As an Entrepreneur with ADHD?

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As well as sharing the results about what you’d like us to focus on, we also read some comments and questions you left in the open-ended sections of the survey. We couldn’t answer every one, but were able to answer some that stood out to us, such as:

• Where do your ideas come from?

• How did you start forgiving yourself for making so many ADHD mistakes? [Read more...]