Article from Forbes Magazine
Part of the series “Living and Working Better”
As career coach (and former therapist), I’ve worked with hundreds of professionals who’ve shared the intimate details of how they live and work, day by day. In these vibrant and detailed descriptions, I can often catch glimpses of how they are operating that they cannot themselves see. For example, I can detect the signs of ADHD in adults who have been “diagnosed” or labelled as other things (often negative and demeaning) by authority figures and family members, including words like “disorganized, distractible, confused, procrastinating, lazy, hyper, impossible, chaotic, ‘all over the place,’ and lacking commitment.” Their challenges with focus have often been grossly misunderstood.
This month, I was excited to connect with Dave Crenshaw, who not only was diagnosed with extreme Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but has leveraged and refined his natural tendencies and abilities to become a master at helping business owners triumph over chaos. As an author, speaker, and business coach, Dave has helped transform thousands of businesses worldwide. In fact, Dave’s Time Management Fundamentals on Lynda.com is considered a definitive course for managing time, avoiding the pitfalls of multitasking, understanding the principles of productivity and making time management easy. Seth Godin has said about Dave’s methods, “We live in an ADHD world. And I’m glad we do. But as Dave understands, the secret is to do one important thing at a time, with focus. If you can take the time to focus on his message, you’ll be glad you did.”
Here’s what Dave shares about his own ADHD and what he’s learned in terms of time management and focus: