8 Life-Changing Things I Use to Make My Workspace More ADHD-Friendly

published Feb 10, 2023
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Since the start of the pandemic, how people work has changed — whether from home, returning to the office, or somewhere in between. What you may not know is just how much the prevalence of adult ADHD surged around this time, too.

Working from home and being diagnosed with ADHD are two major changes I experienced back-to-back in early 2020, challenging me to rethink how I do just about everything from tending to my houseplants to sticking to a budget. Before, working from the couch in sweatpants with a show playing in the background was a fun change of pace. After a few years, though, I’ve learned what is (and is not) sustainable long-term.

As someone with ADHD, I’ve found that simple adjustments to my workspaces can make all the difference in creating an environment more conducive to maintaining focus and staying on task. So clear your desk, pull up a chair, and get ready to discover some of my favorite ADHD-friendly workspace finds.

And don’t worry if you’re not an ADHDer — I think you’ll still appreciate these ideas wherever and however you work. Let’s get into it.

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I prefer using reminder apps across my devices. However, any time I’ve been successful with planning on paper, it’s been when pretty colors are involved (just being honest). If you’re a pen-to-paper person, check out this cute planner with various styles and color-coded stickers.

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Have you ever made coffee, got distracted, and returned to a cold cup? Have you ever made a new cup and done the same thing immediately after? It’s easy to forget your mug somewhere it doesn’t belong — especially when you’re pre-caffeine. This smart mug is a good way to keep you and your brew ready for the day ahead.

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If medication is part of your routine, I recommend finding a good pill organizer. This medication tracker has a convenient removable lid that fits most standard bottles. It serves as a reminder to take your meds (and a sign that you've already taken them) while avoiding distractions and the doorway effect of heading to the medicine cabinet.

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was $29.99

Between oven timers and phone apps, you likely have enough alarms to set. What I like about this rotating timer is its simplicity, which helps avoid distractions on my phone and is much easier than manually pressing a series of buttons. Whether I’m creating a focus block or reminding myself to get up and stretch, all it takes is turning to the pre-set increments of five to 60 minutes.

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was $399.99

Your desk is the foundation for all things productivity. Standing desks are a great option for improved posture, circulation, and energy levels. My standing desk helps with the timeless “sitting still” challenge, and occasionally switching heights can even feel like a little change of scenery. It also helps make room for the next item on this list.

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was $499.99

Exercise and physical movement can increase dopamine production and improve symptoms of ADHD. Considering the time spent at my desk and the fact that I have yet to figure out how to use a keyboard and a second monitor at the gym, I did a little research. In addition to many ellipticals, bikes, and other small equipment, I discovered this under-desk treadmill. My daily steps are higher than ever.

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I love this desktop whiteboard for jotting down quick ideas and putting reminders front and center. The small storage space is also nice, and you can tuck the whole thing away if you prefer a minimalist desktop aesthetic.

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was $12.95

Fidget devices are helpful for everything from anxiety and stress to restlessness. I mostly experience the under-stimulated side of ADHD, and having something to do with my hands helps maintain attention — especially in meetings. For those working in the office, fidget devices are a more discreet alternative to behaviors that can distract others, like tapping your foot or clicking a pen.

It may take some trial and error to find the right combination of items that work best for you but by incorporating things like these into your workspace, you can create a more ADHD-friendly environment that will help you stay focused and productive.

Looking for more ideas for improving your workflow? Check out this brilliant solution to all those tangled-up cords and three questions to ask yourself about your WFH workspace.