How to choose a PA when you have ADHD
If you have ADHD, you know that it can be challenging to stay organised and on top of things.
This is especially true when it comes to work, as people with ADHD often have difficulty. For many people with ADHD, it can be difficult to pay attention for periods of time, control impulsive behaviours, or avoid being overly active and focus on a task.
This is why, for many CEOs and business owners with ADHD, a personal assistant (PA) can be a lifesaver, helping to manage tasks, deadlines, and appointments. But with so many PAs to choose from, how do you find the right one?
How does ADHD impact your work?
The first step in choosing the right PA for your business when you have ADHD is to understand exactly how it's impacting your work. For many, their ADHD is a huge asset to their business as it drives creativity, innovation and enthusiasm. But, the very nature of ADHD can mean that there are areas where additional support can help propel your business even further - such as admin.
Everyone's experience will be different, so looking at where someone else's input and support is going to be most valuable to you and in your business. For example, you might struggle…
Staying focused on tasks. You may find myself getting easily distracted by new ideas.
Prioritising tasks. You may have difficulty deciding which tasks are most important and need to be done first.
Managing time effectively. You may underestimate the amount of time it takes to complete tasks, or procrastinate on difficult or unpleasant tasks.
Organising my work and materials. You may have difficulty keeping my desk and office organised, and you may lose track of important documents or files.
Following through on commitments. You may start projects with enthusiasm, but then lose interest or motivation before you are finished.
You might find it useful to note these down on a piece of paper to take to discovery calls with you as this will be your criteria to help find the right match for your business.
How can a PA benefit your business success?
A Personal Assistant (PA) can be a highly valuable asset for any business owner or CEO, but they are worth their weight in gold for many who have ADHD. PAs are there to help to manage tasks, deadlines, appointments, communications and to keep you accountable for your commitments. A good PA can also help to keep you, as the CEO, organised and on track, and can provide support and assistance as needed.
Here are some specific ways that a PA can be most valuable for a CEO with ADHD:
Manage tasks and deadlines. A PA can help break down large tasks into smaller, more manageable steps. They can also help to set deadlines and reminders, and can track your progress on tasks.
Organise your schedule and appointments. A PA can help you to schedule meetings and appointments, and to keep track of your calendar. They can also help to prioritise your time and to manage your workload.
Handle communications. A PA can help manage your emails, phone calls, and other communications. They can also help to draft and send correspondence, and to prepare presentations and speeches.
Provide support and assistance. A PA can provide you with support and assistance in a variety of ways. For example, they can help to research and gather information, to prepare presentations and reports, and to manage projects.
In addition to these specific tasks, a PA can also be most valuable for a CEO with ADHD by simply being a sounding board and a trusted advisor. A good PA will be able to understand the CEO's unique challenges and needs, and they will be able to provide support and guidance accordingly.
So, how do you find the right PA who ticks all these boxes for you and your business?
Tips for choosing a PA when you have ADHD
Look for someone who understands ADHD. This is important because your PA will need to be able to work with your unique challenges and needs. Ask potential PAs if they have any experience working with people with ADHD, or if they have any training in the area.
Assess your needs. What tasks do you need help with? Do you need someone to manage your calendar, schedule appointments, make travel arrangements, or handle correspondence? Once you know what you need, you can start looking for a PA with the appropriate skills and experience.
Be clear about your expectations. Once you've found a few potential PAs, be sure to communicate your expectations clearly. This includes things like your work style, your communication preferences, and your availability. It's also important to discuss your ADHD symptoms and how they may impact your work.
Be willing to invest in a good PA. A good PA can be a valuable asset, so be willing to invest in someone who is qualified and experienced.
Finding the right PA can take some time and effort, but it's worth it in the long run. A good PA can help you to be more productive, organised, and less stressed. So, when you’ve got your list of areas where some more support would be really valuable in your business, get in touch to talk to one of our trained PAs.
If you have ADHD and think you might benefit from a PA with experience working with clients with ADHD, I encourage you to look into the Access to Work grant. It can be a valuable resource in helping you to be more productive, organised, and less stressed. Here’s the link - https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/eligibility.
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