How To Lead a Productive Life With Adult ADHD

Virtually everyone aspires to lead a healthy and productive life. The desire to achieve greatness and accomplish goals is only natural. However, adults with ADHD may view the aforementioned ambitions as impossible or unattainable. Thankfully, they do not have to be. With the proper steps and guidance, adults living with ADHD can enjoy fulfilled, riveting, and productive lives. While medication is one solution, many often find the cost of vyvanse and  other medications to be difficult to budget. Today, we are going to be looking at a few of the alternative methods that individuals with ADHD can use to boost the productivity of their lives.

Think Positively

As cliche as it may sound, positive thinking  is one of the most important steps to take towards a productive life. Positive change always begins as an idea. ADHD can be quite challenging and it can be easy for impacted adults to doubt themselves and even engage in negative thinking. Nevertheless, the benefits of thinking positively are well-documented, affirms Dana Rayburn.

There are many ways to think positively. Some of them are so simple that many people overlook or fail to realize them. For example, how often do people tell themselves, “I can’t do this!” Next time one feels themselves beginning to recite this toxic internal mantra, they should correct themselves and replace, “I can’t” with “ I am.” The fact of the matter is that anyone, including individuals with ADHD, can achieve anything that they put their minds to.

Next time an ADHD-positive person is faced with a seemingly difficult or insurmountable task, they should tell themselves, “I can do this!” While it may appear challenging at first, with time, this thought will be processed, internalized, and manifested into reality.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Similarly to positive thinking , there are many people who view “work smarter, not harder” as a tired old cliche. However, it couldn’t be further from it. There are various ways for adults with ADHD to work smarter and therefore maximize the productivity of their lives. Reducing ‘to-do’ lists to one or two daily priorities, depositing apparent junk mail into the garbage or recycling counter, and paying bills via automatic account withdrawals (also known as autopay) are just a few examples.

The great equalizer between those with ADHD and those without is that there will always be something that demands time, attention, and energy; but ultimately, the manner and method in which each person chooses to handle these things will make a significant difference in their levels of life productivity.

Go on New Adventures

Adventures are some of the greatest things that make life worth living. Each person has their own notions of the ideal adventure; however, sometimes the simplest adventures can be most beneficial as adults with ADHD work to maximize their productivity. For instance, running a marathon, dancing to upbeat music, or championing a cause that one is passionate about can be amazing adventures. Not only do they contribute to personal growth and development, but they also enrich lives and spark inspiration.


When it’s all said and done, life productivity is a choice that each adult must make for themselves. Life can be rough and sometimes it can seem like trouble never lets up. However, thinking positively, working smartly, and going on adventures can serve as uplifting reminders of the opportunities and possibilities that life offers to each and every adult.

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