As people with ADHD, sometimes we find ourselves envious of other people who seem to be able to focus on whatever needs their attention at any given time. That’s just not how our brains work!

We often have the ability to hyperfocus on something when it captures our interest, however. And then we dream of being able to focus intently like that when something important (but not so interesting) comes along.

With so many of us working from home, it seems like our challenges with focus are much more magnified than usual. There are so many distractions, and it might be more difficult for others to notice when we’re being distracted.

Building the ability to focus allows us to do things more calmly — with less anxiety and stress. It also helps us reduce the constant nagging feeling that something important is going to get missed. And by building our focus muscle, we’ll be able to get things done before there’s a last-minute crisis that gets in the way of us doing a good job.

But how do we go about building this focus muscle? In part 1 of this 2-part series, we talk about the different types of focus, and we learn to calibrate our expectations about what kind of focus we really want to have!