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UPDATE: This man with ADHD says these life rules can make anyone more successful

UPDATE: This man with ADHD says these life rules can make anyone more successful

10/02/2017

By Peter Shankman

8 ways to become more productive and improve your life

Having ADHD is paradoxical. There are amazing highs and soul-crushing lows. You can be on top of the world, while secretly sure you can't accomplish a thing. Thunderous applause by thousands is drowned out in a heartbeat by the single naysayer.

More importantly, you can hyperfocus like a laser beam for hours on end, but somehow forget to take the trash out three days in a row, or take a company from idea to launch in under a week, yet be unable to remember where your lunch meeting with your investors is being held.

After I sold my third company, I sat down and took inventory of my life, trying to figure out why the things most people found difficult came so easy to me, yet I'd screw up the most basic of tasks on a regular basis. What I discovered from that self-evaluation was my series of "life rules," which have been integral to all my successes, whether I realized it at the time or not.

The beauty of following these rules is that they're not just for those with ADHD. In fact, they're for anyone who simply wants to get a little more productivity back in their life on a daily basis.

Eliminate choice as much as possible

Choice will kill you. I know I have to exercise each morning, or my brain won't function as well as it could. (ADHD limits the amount of dopamine your body produces, and dopamine helps you focus. Exercise boosts that dopamine back up again. Think "runner's high.")

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