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For those of you with ADHD, do you have any tips for managing workload and inboxes? I didn’t take meds for a few years due to pregnancy, etc. but I started again recently. I was position where all of my work came from a single partner and 75% of my hours were days long depositions. I’ve recently switched firms and now get assignments from 4+ people. In addition to managing tasks and structuring, I get distracted when responding to emails and have trouble getting back to my actual billable work.

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Honestly? The most helpful thing I have found is my amazing paralegal who keeps up on my matters, my deadlines, and handles a lot of the client communications, especially regarding things like scheduling or information/data I've requested. She is a godsend. Barring that, an excel file/whiteboard/other formatted list with all of your matters, dates it was last worked on, any due dates, what needs to be done next, and what needs to be followed up on (and whose responsible for that/who has got the ball in "their court) has been helpful for me to keep track of what I'm working on, what's urgent, what's been forgotten, and who I need to communicate with. RE emails specifically, I go between dedicated email time vs. dealing with quick emails as I sort them. I'm more likely to deal with client emails while working on client matters when I can, both to capture billing and to deal with everything as it's fresh in my mind. Really depends on the nature of the emails, the nature of what I'm working on at the moment, and how my brain is behaving that day. If my brain is being difficult, I will dedicate hyper focus time to work and go through emails when my brain is being less cooperative and needs a break. A lot of my email requires responding to conflict checks, listerv stuff, and other easy to handle things that I can deal with quickly but takes time in aggregate. Gotta love the quick dopamine hits/feeling of winning as your inbox quickly reduces.

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I would kill for a paralegal to balance out my ADD. Instead we have 1 paralegal for 8 attorneys. No joke.

I flag e-mails that need a response before the end of the day and work my way through my flagged e-mails in chunks during the day.

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That’s a good idea too. I’ve been flagging ones that are to do items but that’s quickly become overwhelming. So I’m still trying to figure a better way to capture those tasks.

The chaos at my firm doesn’t help my ADD, the extra stress makes everything worse, and somehow I’m the only one of multiple sho touched a file, but X will be my fault. Every. Time.

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Following for tips. My responsibilities keep increasing, but my ability to manage them is not keeping pace. Blame it on my AD(H)D, or whatever, but I’m a hot mess.

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