Does your workspace fit the way you work?

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My "command station"

Funny stuff happens when you start mixing things up. You learn some things about yourself.

Last week, during a Q&A session my friend, ADHD expert Jacqui Sinfield, and I were doing for our “Ask Marcia and Jacqui Anything!” open line series for entrepreneurs with ADHD or ADHD tendencies, I shared. And Jacqui nailed me.

A listener had submitted this question to our call:

“Thanks for your talk you both did. l enjoyed it very much. You talked about having a tidy desk, and I really like that idea in principle. But what do you do with everything that is on your desk? I know this might sound basic, but I really have a hard time knowing what to do with all my paper work.”  —Sam

Basic, yes, but the first thing I thought was, “I know! I know! I have the same problem!” So I shared my solution:  my custom designed “command station,” pictured above.

When I talked about how I worked and why I had this arrangement made for me instead of using a traditional desk (I can’t stand not to be able to see everything I’m working on — put paperwork away in file drawers and I’m absolutely lost), Jacqui squealed (well, maybe it wasn’t exactly a squeal, but she sure did jump in excitedly), “Oh my gosh! That’s so ADD!”

So. I was encouraged to post photos and an explanation on our joint blog for entrepreneurs with ADHD, which I did. I’ve always been this way, and I did not know it was an ADHD tendency — but I’ve since heard from many people who love my command station and who thanked me for the photos and explanation.

I know that I, like so many, many small business owners, have ADHD tendencies. So I’m happy to help. I only wish I could say I still have the command station . . . but I don’t. I moved out of that building, but will be replicating the station in some form in my new digs.

Please go take a look and let me know what you think in the comments below — either there or here!

(And while you’re there, click on “Ask Marcia and Jacqui Anything!” along the top nav bar to get notified of our future Q&A calls.)

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