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How to make work fun for business owners with ADHD

It’s time to tap into joy!

Can you imagine a world where work becomes a thrilling journey for entrepreneurs with ADHD? Picture a workplace filled with vibrant energy, creative thinking, and a sense of adventure. For business owners with ADHD, infusing work with a healthy dose of fun isn’t just a luxury—it’s a strategic advantage that can transform your productivity, focus, and overall satisfaction.

Today I want to show you the unique benefits of making work fun for entrepreneurs with ADHD and help you see how embracing a playful mindset can tap into your natural strengths and ignite the entrepreneurial spirit that saw you start your business in the first place.

So many of my clients forget to prioritise fun in their business day to day, and I believe it’s due to flawed internal beliefs that work shouldn’t be fun, because it’s work! But when you’re a dopamine seeker this mindset sets you up to fail. You don’t want to do stuff that’s boring, or that you hate so you naturally gravitate to a fun distraction anyway… the work stuff doesn’t get done, you judge yourself as lazy, the shame spiral begins, and you accomplish nothing (except perhaps another 50 levels of Candy Crush!).

So, let’s have some fun!

Firstly, let’s have a closer look at the benefits of making work more enjoyable. Here are a few reasons why incorporating fun into work is essential when you have an ADHD brain:

✅ Increased Motivation

When work is enjoyable and fun, it naturally increases motivation. Fun activities and an upbeat work environment can help combat the tendency to procrastinate or lose interest in tasks. The more motivated you are the more likely you are to tackle challenges head-on and stay engaged in your work.

✅ Improved Focus & Productivity

Fun and enjoyment have a positive impact on focus and productivity. As an ADHD entrepreneur when you find your work enjoyable, you’re more likely to enter a state of flow (or hyperfocus), where you’re fully absorbed in your tasks and can work with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

✅ Enhanced Creativity & Innovation

Fun and playfulness can stimulate creativity and foster innovative thinking. When you’re relaxed and having fun, you’re more open to new ideas, alternative solutions, and thinking outside the box. This can lead to fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to your biggest business challenges.

✅ Stress Reduction

Running a business can be demanding and stressful, and when you have ADHD, you can add “often overwhelming” to that list! Incorporating fun into work helps to alleviate stress and provides a healthy outlet for relaxation. It acts as a counterbalance to the pressures and demands of entrepreneurship, promoting overall wellbeing and good mental health.

✅ Long-Term Sustainability

Making work fun increases the likelihood of long-term sustainability. When you enjoy what you do, you’re far more likely to persist through the challenges and setbacks that inevitably arise in business. If you’re bored or uninspired it’s much easier to walk away. Fun acts as a driving force, helping you stay passionate and committed to your business in the long run.

So, there you have the “why?” but now let’s look at the “how?”!

Here are seven ways you can make work more fun as an entrepreneur with ADHD:

🎲 Gamify Tasks

Turn mundane or repetitive tasks into engaging challenges by adding an element of gamification. This ups the excitement and competition factors, making the tasks more appealing and enjoyable. Set goals, establish rewards or incentives, and track progress. Create a point system or friendly competitions to make work more enjoyable. For example, challenge yourself to complete a set number of tasks in a specific timeframe and reward yourself with a small treat or break.

🎡 Create a Stimulating Environment

Surround yourself with elements that inspire and energise you. Add some vibrant colours, motivational quotes, or playful decor to your workspace. Incorporate sensory elements like fidget toys, scented candles, or calming music to make the environment more enjoyable and conducive to focus.

👨‍🎨 Incorporate Creativity

Find opportunities to infuse creativity into your work. Allow yourself to think outside the box, experiment with new ideas, and explore unconventional solutions. Incorporate brainstorming sessions, mind mapping techniques, or visual aids to ignite your imagination and make work feel more like an exciting adventure. Whatever form it takes for you, embracing creativity can make work more interesting and enjoyable for any ADHD entrepreneur.

⛔️ Break up the Routine

Avoid getting stuck in a monotonous routine by incorporating variety and spontaneity. Introduce new projects (within reason of course!), explore different aspects of the business, or allocate time for passion projects. The element of surprise and variety can make work more exciting and prevent boredom.

🕺 Incorporate Movement Breaks

Break the monotony of sitting for extended periods by integrating movement breaks into your work routine. Dance, stretch, or engage in quick exercises to boost your energy levels and stimulate your mind. Use apps or timers to remind you to take regular breaks and make them more appealing by adding music or engaging in activities you love.

👯 Collaborate & Connect

One of the most effective ways to inject fun into your work when you’re in business alone is to involve other people. Seek opportunities to collaborate and connect with like-minded individuals. Join entrepreneur groups, networking events, or online communities (like Execute) where you can share experiences, exchange ideas, and find support. Engaging with others can create a sense of camaraderie, inspire fresh perspectives, and make the entrepreneurial journey more enjoyable.

🥳 Celebrate Achievements

Take time to celebrate accomplishments, both big and small. Acknowledge milestones, completed projects, or personal achievements. This can be done individually or with the team (or your support network!), through rewards, recognition, or even small parties! Celebrating success brings a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment to the work and is so often overlooked or forgotten in the busyness of business.

Of course, these are just broad guidelines and what makes work fun will vary for everyone, so it’s important to explore and discover what works best for you. It’s important to remember that as an ADHD entrepreneur, embracing fun is not a distraction from work but a catalyst for productivity, creativity, and general wellbeing.


The Habitica app is recommended in ADHD circles for it’s ability to help you gamify even the most boring tasks utilising the elements of role-playing games! You can use it for free or upgrade to a paid subscription to access more features.

The Execute program is a great way to connect and collaborate with like-brained entrepreneurs and to feel less alone in business.

What strategies have you used to make your work more fun? Are you keen to try any of the ideas above? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about your experience!

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