Another positive ADHD-related trait is hyperfocus. This is another trait that I have written about before. It’s something that I would like to take another look at, as it’s been a while. It can’t hurt to take another look.
So, here we go.
What Is Hyperfocus?
Hyperfocus is a term that not everyone may have heard of or may be familiar with. Whether you’re familiar with the term or not, let me begin by explaining what hyperfocus is.
There are a few articles I have found that explain what it means. However, I’m using one that I feel sums it up pretty well.
In his article for additudemag.com, author Royce Flippin writes, “Hyperfocus refers to an intense fixation on an interest or activity for an extended period of time. People who experience hyperfocus often become so engrossed they block out the world around them.”
ADHD & Hyperfocus
One aspect of ADHD fairly commonly known is that those with it can be easily distracted and have difficulty with attention.
However, the thing about ADHD is that it’s not exactly a deficit of attention, and more difficulty regulating and controlling their attention.
For those with ADHD, it can be easy to become engrossed in activities that are interesting and begin hyperfocus on it. The thing to remember is that ADHDers are easily bored and are constantly in search of something interesting. Once they have found it, they can become so engrossed in it that they lose track of time and aren’t aware of what’s going on around them.
Good or Bad?
Many may wonder if hyperfocus is a positive or negative thing.
Hyperfocus can be easily thought of or seen as a negative thing. However, when used properly, hyperfocus can have its advantages. It can help us be productive.
Much like so many things, hyperfocus has its ups and downs. It can be good or bad. It all depends on how you use your hyperfocus and what you’re doing while hyperfocused.
Tips on Managing It
I have found a few tips and suggestions to help manage our hyperfocus a little better. Here are some suggestions that I think can be helpful.
Tip #1. Do things at your own pace. Don’t rush if life doesn’t require you to do so. Do things your own way, in a way that works best for you.
Tip #2. Schedule time and set reminders. Let’s face it, those with ADHD have difficulty remembering things. ADHDers are forgetful and need reminding. Find ways that work for you to remember to do tasks and other things that need to be done.
Tip #3. Asking for help. As much as it may not always be easy to do, sometimes it can be helpful to have people to help us. Share what you’re going through with people who can support and help.