I’ve been wondering if ADD is a right-brained issue. The right brain does not work in a sequential manner. The left-brain wants to line up everything in neat little rows just like my schoolroom when I was a kid.
I know that if I were diagnosed I would have a positive diagnosis for ADD. I tend to jump from one thing to another, I don’t like to work in sequential order, and am often engaged by bright shiny objects that cross my path.
Does this mean I’m not productive? Not at all. In fact I would submit that I’m more productive than many people.
So what does this mean? I think there are some real problems with labeling people as having ADD.
- The world tells us that we aren’t productive. Not true; many of the most productive people I know are non-sequential in the way they work.
- The world tells us that we don’t do things properly. I believe that in today’s world having the ability to be flexible and turn on a dime is an important skill. Many people like this are labeled as being ADD.
- If you’re a right-brained person keeping track of tasks can be difficult. If you are a right-brained person finding aids that help you keep on track are important. I personally am a huge fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done.
- It’s easy to believe that you think there’s something wrong with you. School is still designed for the industrial age. We’re often put on little conveyer belts and after 12 to 20 years we’re spit out to be productive members of society. Those who are primarily right brained or ADD (you get to choose) just don’t play well with this model.
Successful organizations have all sorts of people. Those who are left-brained and like a sequential world are important. Those who skitter from project to project are also important. In today’s conceptual business world it’s important that we make room for both types.
It just might be that annoying ADD person next to you that comes up with an idea that saves your company.
I’ve put together a report on The 7 Myths of the Private Business Owner. I encourage you to click on the button below to download the report. Just like our ADD friends, there are many myths around what motivates a private business owner. This report goes over seven of the common myths I see.