As the world pauses, I am blessed to still have a job. Additionally, I get to work remotely in the comfort and quiet of my home which is set up to help me regulate my ADHD and my introverted personality. I spend my work-at-home-days tending to email, phone calls and doing what is required of me in a comfortable chair, bathed in natural light with only the ambient sounds of birds, an occasional car or people outside my house. I can set work aside as needed to address over-stimulation, recover from bouts of hours-long hyperfocus and attention to detail, both of which escalate my internal hyperactivity and cause me to withdraw from the world entirely.
As a true introvert with ADHD, being around people for extended periods of time and excessive external stimuli exhausts me and exacerbates the many negative issues that accompany an ADHD diagnosis.
I have long been an advocate of remote work and results-only work environments. With the onslaught of the digital age, I often argue that traditional office hours and office spaces ultimately could be improved with planning and mindfulness. Admittedly, it takes leaders with compassion, vision and open minds to create these spaces.
For many startups, particularly tech companies, small headquarters with minimal staff and a slew of remote workers are now the norm. I recently interviewed for a marketing position with a start up that would allow me to work 100 percent remotely. All I need is a computer, internet connection, a phone and maybe a printer.