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  • Writer's pictureDonavan Robinson

Mastering the Mayhem: The ADHD Entrepreneur's Guide to Life, Entrepreneurship, and Bedtime Stories

Time Management and Scheduling:

  1. Prioritize Consistent Routines: Because chasing after a 3-year-old, keeping a 5-year-old out of the cookie jar, and launching that startup apparently requires some semblance of order. Who knew?

  2. Time Blocking: It's like Tetris, but with your calendar. Game on! I use and have found it to be a game-changer.

  3. Digital Calendars: So you don’t forget your kid’s recital or that super important meeting. And no, "I have ADHD" won’t fly with either audience.

  4. Colour Coding: Make your calendar look like a unicorn threw up on it. Pretty and functional!

  5. Break Tasks Down: Think of tasks like Legos. They hurt less when they're in smaller pieces. Go as far as turning on the computer as a task, if needed.

Work-Life Balance:

  1. Set Work Boundaries: You're an entrepreneur, not a vampire. You can't work all night. We you could be you shouldn't.

  2. Dedicated Work Space: A spot where kids' toys and business plans don’t mix. Ideally.

  3. Plan Regular Breaks: Snack time isn't just for kindergarteners.

  4. Family Time: Because little my son and daughter's dramatic reenactment of the day is way better than Netflix.

Organizing and De-Cluttering:

  1. Everything Has a Place: Especially that sock. How does one sock always go rogue?!

  2. Digital Cleanup: Pretend your desktop is a closet and you're on an organizing show.

  3. Label Everything: The fridge, the cat, the...spouse? Maybe not the last one.

  4. Regular Declutter: Channel your inner Marie Kondo. If it doesn't spark joy, it's out!

Managing Distractions:

  1. Noise-cancelling Headphones: For when the kids are recreating a scene from Jurassic Park downstairs.

  2. Use Apps: Because there's an app for everything. Except for making coffee. Sadly.

  3. Visual Barriers: Not to be confused with emotional barriers.

  4. Communicate Needs: "Quiet! Genius at work!" Maybe get a sign.

Self-care and Health:

  1. Exercise: Chasing kids counts, right?

  2. Meditation and Mindfulness: Or just hiding in the bathroom for five minutes. Same thing.

  3. Stay Hydrated: Your brain's like a sponge. A thirsty sponge.

  4. Sleep: Remember what that was like? Try to get some.

Seeking Support:

  1. Delegate: You might be super, but you're not Superman. I am lucky to have an amazing wife and we share a lot of the day-to-day.

  2. Therapy or Coaching: Because sometimes you need a professional to tell you you're a hot mess.

  3. Family Communication: Monthly family meetings or daily family circus? You decide.

  4. Join Support Groups: Group therapy for the entrepreneurially inclined!

Managing Kids:

  1. Engage in Activities: The floor is lava, and so is your to-do list.

  2. Parenting Schedule: Tag! You're it! No, seriously, it's your turn.

  3. Educate Them: "Daddy's brain is like a browser with 78 open tabs."

  4. Routine for Kids: Because mini-tyrants need schedules too.

And remember, while unicorns and rainbows are great, nothing beats a good laugh and a well-timed dad joke. Embrace the chaos!

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