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Harnessing the Power of Groundwork System: A Personal Journey with ADHD

 As someone who navigates life with ADHD and synesthesia, I understand firsthand the daily challenges of staying organized, managing tasks, and maintaining focus; especially when life throws unexpected curveballs and changes your way. 

Having ADHD and having to navigate neurotypical workplaces and their productivity expectations often feel like juggling 7 balls on a unicycle, up a mountain, backwards. It's a journey marked often by overwhelm, exhaustion, and ultimately - burnout. But amidst picking myself up for the umpteenth time after watching every ball I was juggling fall to the floor, I've discovered a powerful ally: the Groundwork System.

The benefits I've experienced with the Groundwork System, tailored to support the neurospicy like me, have been impactful and compounding over time. The more I engaged with the work and showing up honestly to my coach, the more I realized it wasn’t my ADHD holding me back - it was the shame I had associated with it that was blocking me from living the life I really wanted. 


Here are a few ways the Groundwork System has shifted how I show up to both myself and others with ADHD: 

Mindfulness in Action

Firstly, and most by far the most impactful part of this work for me, has been the way the Groundwork System integrates principles of mindfulness and self-awareness, inviting users to reflect on their priorities, values, and mental state. This holistic approach has helped me cultivate greater self-awareness and emotional regulation, essential skills for managing ADHD symptoms and improving overall well-being. 

It was by embracing and feeling my underlying pain through a process Amrita describes as ‘Dropping In’ that I was able to embrace radical self-compassion. There’s no room for shame to berate me for being lazy when I know from the depths of my being that I am doing the best I can with the tools I have. 


Embracing Structure

One of the most daunting aspects of ADHD can be the overwhelming sense of chaos and disorganization that follows you at every turn. Over the years, I’ve tried everything. From a paid subscription to Notion, to app switching through the Monday.com/Asana/Trello rota, I have been searching for clarity and focus in the midst of functional freeze. 

The Groundwork System provides a structured approach that acts as a guiding light through the clutter. With its clear roadmap for planning and executing tasks, I've found myself better equipped to tackle challenges head-on, alleviating the stress that often accompanies the unpredictability of ADHD. I have all these sticky notes and nowhere to use them now. 


Visual Organization: A Game-Changer

Visual cues are a game-changer for individuals with ADHD, and for someone with chromesthesia like myself, they’re crucial. The Groundwork System's emphasis on visual organization provides a tangible way to track progress and stay on top of deadlines. From color-coded task boards to intuitive interfaces, I've discovered a newfound sense of clarity and focus in managing my responsibilities.


Flexibility in Workflow

While structure is essential, so too is flexibility. The Groundwork System strikes the perfect balance, offering a framework that can be tailored to suit individual preferences and needs. This adaptability has empowered me to mold the system to fit my unique workflow, enhancing its effectiveness and relevance in my daily life. There’s space for me to get things done without falling into an overly regimented system that would otherwise stifle my access to that much needed dopamine. 


Progress Over Perfection

Perfectionism can be a relentless foe for individuals with ADHD, often leading to feelings of frustration and self-doubt. This has compounded for me over the years and I often compared myself to my neurotypical and allistic peers. I seemed to struggle getting basic life admin organized where others excelled without effort. 

The Groundwork System shifts the focus from perfection to progress, encouraging incremental improvements and celebrating each step forward. This mindset shift has been a game-changer for me, fostering a sense of accomplishment and motivation that fuels my joy and self-compassion.


Rediscovering Joy in Free Time

One of the most liberating aspects of implementing the Groundwork System into my life has been the newfound freedom to pursue my hyperfocus interests. By streamlining my tasks and responsibilities, the system has effectively taken care of the mundane and less stimulating aspects of my day, leaving me with more time to indulge in activities that truly captivate my attention. 

Whether it's diving into DIY projects, immersing myself in the pile of books I’ve collected, or getting lost with my dog in the woods, I've rediscovered the joy of unfettered exploration and deep engagement. With the Groundwork System handling the "boring" tasks that lack dopamine, I can wholeheartedly embrace my hyperfocus moments, allowing my passion and curiosity to flourish without restraint. It's a remarkable feeling of liberation, knowing that my time is now mine to enjoy to the fullest.


Community Connection

Perhaps one of the most invitational aspects of the Groundwork System is its vibrant community. Connecting with others facing similar challenges has been a source of encouragement, accountability, and shared experiences. Knowing that I'm not alone in my journey has been incredibly empowering, reinforcing the belief that I am not limited by my ADHD.

The Groundwork System is more than just a tool for task management—it's a lifeline for neurodivergent individuals like myself. By providing structure, visual organization, flexibility, mindfulness, space to play, and a supportive community, the system equips us with the tools and resources we need to navigate life's challenges with confidence and resilience.


Interested in coaching with Amy? 

Amy Nash (they/them) is a neurospicy coach dedicated to creating space where clients can empower themselves to create a life aligned with their values. With an MA in Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies and a background in social and accessibility services, they bring over a decade of experience helping clients and peers navigate social services, critical life transitions, and harm reduction. When they’re not chasing down a new hyper-focus, you can usually find them in the cheese aisle at Save-On.

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The Groundwork System is a simple way to manage your inbox, to-do list, and calendar, and a simple way to understand and manage the triggers and pain that keep you in survival mode. 

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