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Written by Corina Mihaela Paraschiv   
Saturday, 15 December 2007 14:08
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“Distractability, restlesseness, a sense of "gotta go, gotta rush, gotta run around" and impulsive decision-making, because you have so many things to do”. Can you relate to any of that? Most of us probably can, specially as young leaders. This is how Dr. Edward M. Hallowell describes the newly found condition of Attention Deficit Trait.


What is Attention Deficit Trait?

But what is ADT exactly? You can recognize that you have it if you feel very overwhealmed, with no pause in your days. You are forgetful of little things (walk into the wrong class, always arrive tight on schedule for appointements because you have so many things to cram in, forget your meeting with a client because you are so immersed into your work, loose the paperwork you had to sign for your department...). Making choices and setting priorities are also very difficult because everything seems interesting, important, or urgent – so you end up doing everything. Your notion of time is always skewed. You fit in an incredible amount of things in a day but somehow you always feel if you had just a few extra hours on hand, it would have been just perfect.


Attention Deficit Trait is unlike Attention Deficit Disorder when it comes to medication, because it can only be addressed by looking at the work environment. In other words, no one can be genetically predisposed to it. It doesn't just “appear” either, but rather slowly creeps up on you until you realize you may be doing just a little too much. The other interesting thing is that ADT is not very discriminatory; it can happen to any kind of person, from the detail-oriented who wants to produce the best possible work to the over-achiever that thrives on the adrenaline rush.


ADT in Clubs, Associations and in the Workplace


At this point you're probably telling yourself that if this is true, we could very well consider half of our professional population as concerned with ADT. In a sense, that is quite accurate; this is a wildly spread problem which is present in the everyday life of many managers and professionals. Dr. Hallowell deplores the very fact that this condition is both banalized and ignored, and that is has become customary in society to accept something that is simply not healthy and not productive in the long run. He states technology as a main root of the problem; we are, more than ever in human history, bombarded with information and tasks, and we have not yet learned how to set the right bounderies. Before continuing furthur, it must be mentionned that although ADT is one end of the spectrum, it is not recommended to fall at the opposite end. The intention of managing ADT is to make you more productive so you can work better and more efficiently.


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