Hyperfocus vs. Hypofocus

When we think about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), we typically think of a young child running around from one activity to the next.  When we think of Adult ADD, we think of someone who always puts things off, and can’t seem to stay on top of their priorities.  What many people may not know, however, is that there are different kinds of ADHD and ADD.

For example, the one that we are most familiar with refers to the kind where a person shifts from one focus to another. This is known as hypofocus.  This type of person gets easily bored.

Hyperfocus is the opposite.  A hyperfocused person will concentrate on one thing for a very long period of time, regardless of whether or not the outcome of that focus is productive or not.  Think about a person playing a video game for hours and hours.  This person may appear to be zoned out, like a person who watches endless hours of television.

Regardless of the type of ADHD or Adult ADD, it’s easy to see why a person with this type of condition (and without professional assistance) would have difficulty with productivity.

In an ideal world, we would all have clear focus and always be productive.  But we aren’t living in an ideal world.  We all have varying degrees of focus and productivity.  Some of us are very good at concentrating for long periods of time, while other are very good at moving quickly from one task to the next.

The trick to productivity is to make sure your focus is always on your priorities.  By focusing only on priorities, it won’t matter if you’re hyperfocused, or hypofocused.  Figure out which style of focus you have, and use it to your advantage.  This way, no matter which kind you have, you’ll always be focused on your priorities.

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