Medication may smooth out emotional flooding and make concentration easier when I can see a clear path; but there are still “those days”, when bending my mind to tasks at hand feels entirely too much like shepherding a recalcitrant child.
Often, it's a Monday thing, when all the loose ends of last week come back to haunt me, competing for attention: important matters interrupted by those even more important yet in growing danger (as they continue to be deferred) of becoming suddenly urgent are of course a staple, in my professional life; and getting others to understand that these aren't readily put out of mind (because, for them, they are) isn't exactly easy.
Eventually, I manage to get enough traction with SOMETHING that I can silence the deferred tasks begging for attention, just enough; but getting to really clear the backlog is rare. I don't know how those with more typical brains keep sane (though I know from their own comments that they face the same beast—albeit with far less dread); but I need to find some system to cut through all this and get productive *faster*, without so much emotional drama.
Anyone have any luck with a mental discipline that can bypass the overwhelm and avoid this unproductive churn?
Most of what I have tried proves ineffective with ADHD: too easy to get drawn into the process itself and lose time rather than save it.
Keep in mind, too, I've already done what I can, medically, after taking care to titrate medications for efficacy without diminishing returns: this is all about finding work-arounds that assume ADHD (rather than neurotypical) strengths.