How do you mange your attention to detail as a consultant. This something I’m struggling with and have received feedback on. Do you disclose that you have add so proper accommodations can be put into place?

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Heyo! I got the same exact feedback and did disclose and I gotta admit it hasn’t helped me in the slightest. My manager then disclosed that she, too, has ADHD and honestly since I shared that with her she seems to weaponize my brain against me when she’s delivering feedback. She’s got an, “I figured it out with ADHD so you have no excuse” mentality. It’s exhausting and makes me wish I hadn’t mentioned anything. Honestly the thing that has ended up helping me is an annoying trick but a trick all the same- I finish something (a slide for example) and instead of firing it off right away, I leave the document window for like 4 minutes (check email, get water, walk to the bathroom, etc- just find some way to interrupt my runaway brain and check out from the document I’m working on). Then I return to the document and go through my list: -is grammar and spelling tight and clear? -are the bullets in the body of text lined up and consistent? -is all the formatting consistent across slides? AFTER my checklist, THEN I fire it off. It’s made a big difference in the past 2 months working with this particular M. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still hard as shit to focus on the nitpicky stuff and I still get lots of feedback about shit that drives me wild like inconsistency in colors across text boxes, bullets not being the same size, icons not lining up perfectly, etc. But I try not to be a grouch about the feedback and humbly accept it, make the changes, and move forward. I’m pretty positive this will delay my promotion by a year to really get into the solid habit of turning this shit around at a high quality, but I’m not in that much of a rush. I’d rather get it right and be a good teacher when I’m eventually an SC. Attention to detail is so fucking hard with ADHD, I totally get it. Sending good luck and solidarity vibes!

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My boss assigns projects with unclear expectations and provides no guidance on how to achieve them.

I've asked for help, and, to avoid a long post, she expects me to figure it out. Perhaps you go through this too, but when I don't have a clear guide on completing big projects, it paralyzes me because I don't know where to start. On top of that, I have anxiety, so "it has to be perfect".

How do you approach projects when your boss plays the "guess what's in my head" game?

It has to feel like a safe environment to disclose that information. I currently feel like I'm in a place where people respect my neurodivergence, but I have had other jobs where I didn't feel that way. These tips have been helpful for me, but I have also had to work in a quieter space & set smaller deadlines leading up to the larger ones so that I don't get too overwhelmed by the big picture. Maybe some of these will help you too. https://chadd.org/for-adults/succeeding-in-the-workplace/

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Would you mind sharing your workplace? I am recruiting, and knowing work places are friendly to ADHD is helpful.

I wouldn’t disclose for this. Ultimately inaccuracy isn’t something I would consider a reasonable accommodation and you need to figure out ways to get your strengths shining through enough that it becomes smaller. I have really fought against this myself so hope this doesn’t come across as unempatheitc to your situation. What’s worked for me.
- what how leaders spot check for mistakes and do this for yourself (use check lists if necessary)
- figure out how to engage others at peer levels to help you. I give a lot of help to others so it’s not seen as a big deal when I ask someone to look at something for me.
- in an analytical world obsess on the key answer rather than every number. Show this on every spreadsheet view and understand if it moves what made it move. Most common errors for me in excel are either missing a row on a total, linking to the wrong thing or putting a wrong sign. All of which are obvious if the value or total moves the wrong way or not at all
- verbalize things as thought you would present it. Honestly I find this super hard to do but know when I am presenting I find these things so just have to try get myself in that mindset

The trump card is grind away and get to leadership. Then you have a team of people who can help you work around the problem as long as you deliver value elsewhere people won’t mind too much unless it causes a problem

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I've considered disclosing it, but I worry it'll affect how I'm perceived/treated at work. Hoping to be able to find out what accommodations would be available without outing myself but it's hard. I've also received feedback on my attention to detail, which is frustrating as it feels like something I can only control to a certain extent.

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For both C1 and OP - sounds like you’re thinking they will have the right accommodations known and ready, but I think more of the onus would be on you to think of what you need.

For attention to detail, consider using checklists and peer review to help improve the quality of your deliverables, and come up with an effective way to take notes. I prefer OneNote since I can easily search for what I inevitably forget.

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I generally suggest not disclosing unless there is some specific accommodation you really need to get from your employer. And I can’t think of any other than a quieter workspace. Although even that doesn’t require an adhd dx to request.

For attention to detail, I always always deliver docs as “draft” until I get full sign off because I know there will be some item somewhere that I missed. I’ve made plenty of mistakes because of overlooking details, and 90% of them are inconsequential.

Sometimes it is a real problem, especially attention to dates/times. For instance I missed a court appearance for a work issue so judge ruled against the company by default. Oops. There was a lot going on, but still. I also time zone issues sometimes.

So I learn the hard way to triple check things like appointment times and addresses and I rely heavily on my calendar to block out time for tasks. I habitually check calendar first thing every morning and so many times I’m like “oh yeah 11:40 flight out”. Ordinary humans don’t forget these things. But I’ve missed a few flights because of adhd

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I have been open about it at my current company - past companies not so much because I didn't feel comfortable. However, learning coping mechanisms through counseling as well as medication have helped me manage much better.

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