Notice when a tool or system stops working and make a change.

ADHD Business Tips: Notice when a tool or system stops working and make a change.

Change is the only constant, as the saying goes. In the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, this adage couldn’t be more true, especially for those navigating the challenges of ADHD. Managing a business with an ADHD brain can be an exciting journey and it often involves trying out various tools, systems, and strategies. However, it’s essential to remember that what worked yesterday may not work tomorrow and being able to notice and adapt in these times can set apart the good from the great.

The prolific inventor Thomas Edison was a master of this, he famously adapted his strategies while inventing the light bulb, memorably stating that he hadn’t failed but found 10,000 ways that didn’t work. If he’d focused more on judging himself or his methods for not working, instead of adapting and moving forward when things went wrong it’s unlikely he’d even garner a mention in our history books today.

Today I want to explore why entrepreneurs with ADHD should embrace change in their tools and systems and how to recognise when it’s time for something new.

Why no tool, system, or strategy works forever with ADHD

Business owners with ADHD have a unique way of thinking and working. Their creative minds are always brimming with ideas, and they’re natural problem solvers. However, this abundance of ideas and the need for constant stimulation can make it challenging to stick to one tool or system for an extended period. This often leads to a phenomenon where a tool or strategy that was once a game-changer loses its effectiveness. You may find that your trusty to-do list app no longer motivates you, or that the time management technique you excelled at last week is now falling short.

The ADHD brain craves novelty and can quickly get bored with routines. That’s why a tool or system that works like a charm for a while can suddenly start feeling like a straitjacket. It’s not a sign of failure; it’s merely the ever-evolving nature of an entrepreneur’s mind. Understanding this is the first step to making the most out of change

How to recognise when it’s time for something new

Recognising the right time to switch gears is crucial for staying productive and innovative. Here are some signs that it might be time for a change:

  • Decreased motivation: When you find yourself dreading tasks that once excited you, it’s a sign that your current system isn’t providing the necessary motivation.
  • Decreased productivity: If your efficiency takes a nosedive, it might be time to reconsider your tools. Are they helping you get more done, or are they causing unnecessary roadblocks?
  • Lack of adaptability: Your tools should be as flexible as you are. If a system doesn’t allow for adjustments and optimisations, it may be time to explore alternatives.
  • Increased stress: Feeling overwhelmed by your current system is a clear indicator that it’s no longer working for you.
  • Boredom: If you catch yourself feeling bored with your daily routines and tasks, it’s a good sign that change is due.

Another indicator to look out for that can be closely related to many of these signs is procrastination. If you’re putting things off that you’d previously managed to keep on top of with the help of a particular tool or strategy, it’s a big clue that it might be time to switch things up.

How to find a new tool or system

Now that you’ve identified the need for change, the next step is to find the right tool or system to adapt to. Start with what you know about yourself and how you work. Consider these steps:

  • Identify pain points: Make a list of what’s not working in your current setup. It could be inefficient time management, poor organisation, or lack of motivation.
  • Understand your strengths: Recognise what you’re good at. If you’re creative and idea-driven, prioritise tools that foster creativity. If you thrive on structure, look for systems that offer excellent organisation.
  • Set clear objectives: Determine what you want to achieve with a new tool or system. Set clear objectives and let them guide your choice.
  • Research and experiment: Investigate different tools, read reviews, and ask for recommendations. Don’t be afraid to try several options before settling on one. To avoid things dragging out, set a time boundary on how long your research phase can take before you make a decision. Ask for help to stay accountable for making a choice by a certain date.
  • Look to the past: Sometimes a system or tool we’ve used in the past can become an ideal “new” solution when we come back to it so it can pay to look back at what worked before. The faster transition time can be a big bonus too.


Is there something you’re currently struggling with despite being reasonably consistent with it in the past? Maybe you’ve found yourself generally bored or unmotivated lately. These situations present the perfect opportunity to change things up using the suggestions above. If you can’t come up with anything on your own, ask for some ideas or input in the Next Level ADHD Entrepreneurs Facebook group.

Embracing change and being open to adapting our tools and systems is vital for continued success, and something every small business owner should aspire to. Understanding that your ADHD-driven mind thrives on variety and challenge can help you navigate the ever-evolving landscape of entrepreneurship with confidence rather than judgement.

Remember, change can be the catalyst for innovation and success, so don’t resist it; embrace it and you can revel in the novelty it brings!

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