Work From Home With ADHD and Other Learning Disabilities

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Many more adults are now working from home than before because of COVID-19 workplace safety. Working from home presents a whole new set of benefits and drawbacks, depending on a person’s life situation. One difficulty may be managing a workload at home if you have ADHD, generally struggle with executive functioning, or have other sensory and brain processing differences like dyslexia and dyscalculia. The structure and organization of the workday and workplace is now changed, and the everyday habits taken for granted now have to be re-evaluated. Workers may need to ask for different accommodations, disclose disability status or otherwise self-advocate so they can do the best work they can from a home environment. The Library has resources to help you with this transition.

For those who learn best with visual and auditory instruction, free access to Lynda.com is available through our website. After logging in with your library card and PIN number, you can search “working from home” to find video courses of different lengths and skill levels from experts in their field, such as “Balancing Working From Home With Family” and “Supporting Your Mental Health While Working From Home.” You can also explore a curated playlist of videos related to productivity.

Using our eResources page, you can connect to the services that we use to provide digital print and audiobooks, and check out titles on subjects related to organization, productivity and general self-help for neurodivergent brains adapting (or re-adapting) to a neurotypical work environment. OverDrive (and the Libby app) and Hoopla are the two main resources to search. In both you can do keyword and subject searches – for books concerning dyslexiabooks concerning ADHD, just audiobooks about ADHD and dyslexia, or audiobooks about productivity – to find the book that fits your needs.

Here is a small selection of titles available for checkout via OverDrive and Hoopla – for more librarian curated book suggestions you can browse our Staff Picks or request personalized recommendations through our Materials Match Form.

59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot

Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged and altogether more happy. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

1,000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets

Professional organizer Novack designed her guide for multitasking, overscheduled, just-saw-it-here-a-minute-ago people who need simple, straightforward instructions for de-cluttering. Although she addresses the whys and wherefores of the cluttering mentality, she cuts to the chase with practical tips to help straighten out rooms, financial records, office surfaces and more. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work

There’s a reason Alison Green has been called “the Dear Abby of the work world.” Ten years as a workplace-advice columnist have taught her that people avoid awkward conversations in the office because they simply don’t know what to say. Thankfully, Green does—and in this incredibly helpful book, she tackles the tough discussions you may need to have during your career. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Breaking Up With Busy: Real-Life Solutions for Overscheduled Women

Overbooking and undersleeping have almost become status symbols, and having it all seems to be synonymous with doing it all, yet what do we really accomplish with so much busyness? Yvonne Tally wants to give you back your life by helping you break the busyness habit. She offers realistic, step-by-step, and even fun ways to get off the busyness hamster wheel and reclaim your time. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

The Clutter Connection: How Your Personality Type Determines Why You Organize the Way You Do

“The Clutter Connection” examines and explains the correlation between brain types and how they directly relate to organization and clutter. Cassandra Aarssen smashes the stereotype that some people are “naturally messy” and offers readers insight and real-life solutions based on their unique personal organizing style. “The Clutter Connection” will help you get organized, be more productive and finally understand the why behind your clutter. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

Delivered From Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life With Attention Deficit Disorder

ADD is a trait, a way of living in the world. It only becomes a disorder when it impairs your life. Featuring gripping profiles of patients with ADD who have triumphed, “Delivered From Distraction” is a wise, loving guide to releasing the positive energy that all people with ADD hold inside. If you have ADD or care about someone who does, this is the book you must read. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude. He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a thirty-day “digital declutter” process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control.

Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you. This book shows the way. You can also check out this title as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How To Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)

During her multi-book investigation into understanding human nature, Gretchen Rubin realized that by asking the seemingly dry question, “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers and Rebels. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress and engage more effectively. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Organizing Solutions for People With ADHD

“Organizing Solutions for People With ADHD, 2nd Edition-Revised and Updated” presents a simple but effective, long-term solution to get you back in control of your life. Written by professional organizer Susan Pinsky, it outlines a practical, ADHD-friendly organizing approach that emphasizes easy maintenance techniques and methods for maximum efficiency, catering to the specific needs of the ADHD population. Susan’s practical solutions address the most common organizing dilemmas among her ADHD clientele, while also drawing on her own personal experience as the mother of a child with ADHD. Color photos, useful tips, and bulleted lists make this a quick and manageable read, no matter how fleeting your attention span. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

Organizing Your Life

Today’s society is not only fast-paced, it has become increasingly complex. Today, as never before, it’s crucial to find ways to increase productivity and simplify, and the best way to stay sane is to get organized. 

Using dozens of beautiful, four-color photos, this book presents a variety of ideas and steps necessary for organizing every room, closet, drawer, basement, garage and shed in one’s house. Moreover, it also presents ideas for organizing one’s office and data as well, and new resources for people with clutter disorders. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

The Power To Get Things Done: (Whether You Feel Like It or Not)

Whether you run your own business or work for someone else, you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. Along with the portion of your work that you truly feel like doing comes a generous helping of things you’d rather not do. As consultants, Steve Levinson and Chris Cooper have seen countless clients struggle—and often fail—to do the many success-producing things they know they should do but don’t feel like doing. “The Power To Get Things Done” will teach you how to consistently turn your good intentions into action so that you can be as successful as possible in the work you do. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

At the core of “Smarter Faster Better” are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies and organizations don’t merely act differently. In “The Power of Habit,” Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charles Duhigg explained why we do what we do. In “Smarter Faster Better,” he applies the same relentless curiosity, deep reporting and rich storytelling to explain how we can improve at the things we do. It’s a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity, one that can help anyone learn to succeed with less stress and struggle, and to get more done without sacrificing what we care about most—to become smarter, faster and better at everything we do. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.