ADHDiY is about DIY while dealing with ADHD.I set up this page to help others who have ADHD and want to DiY.
DiY has many challenges, when ADHD is added onto it the challenges grow.
BackgroundI grew up surrounded by commercial and residential contractors, I spent many a summer renovating houses and watching my father build commercial buildings. I enjoyed them immensely and took a passion to building things, both personally and professionally.
I didn't receive my diagnosis till my early 30's, and that opened up my eyes to many of my nuances and how I tackle a project. I describe my ADHD as a pot of water set on high, with a rolling boil producing bubbles that I constantly chase. My hyperfocus can quickly turn into an obsession, turning over things again and again, looking for a different way at the problem. This helps with determining the best course of action when DiY'ing, I may be able to come up with a cheaper, simpler solution to the problem. While I am on medication, the ADHD is still there, it is not "turned off", and it never will be. My mind is constantly processing the next thing, I know that medication helps smooth out the peaks and valleys, but in the end I need to be cognizant of my thoughts and actions.
I realized my DiY limitations early on. While I may have the skill set and the physical ability to do the work, I do not have the time needed to complete the task within a reasonable timeframe. I am able to handle small projects easily and with deft skill, I produce high-quality and visually stunning works that complement any space. Large projects require additional help, and may involve hiring a contractor.
I will be updating the time it takes for various projects. This will help you with determining the actual time it takes to complete a project. I attempt to capture the number of hours (and/or days) it takes from start to finish.