20: ADHD office space sharing - is it a good idea?

20: ADHD office space sharing - is it a good idea?

The power of parallel work - sharing an office with others. Should you?

"So I tried to work by myself, I tried to set up a little corner in my apartment, and get work done that way. And it just didn't work. What helped me was..." - Katie McManus, Brave Business Coaching

This is the episode for ADHD entrepreneurs who are currently working remotely, from home. 

It contains advice on how to leverage the beautiful power of parallel work.

No Irwins allowed!


Accessibility: click to read a written-to-be-read transcript of the episode

The two 'flavors' of silence

The ADHD brain can be both a blessing and a curse, particularly when it comes to work.

For some individuals with ADHD, the presence of other people can actually help them focus and be productive.

In this episode, we explore the two flavors of silence that exist for ADHD individuals and why co-working can be a challenge for them.

There are two types of silence that ADHD individuals experience when trying to work: the "ADHD flavor" and the "I don't give a f***" flavor.

The former is similar to a library setting where everyone must be quiet, making it difficult for ADHD individuals to focus since they cannot decipher what others are saying.

On the other hand, the latter is like being in a bar during happy hour, with loud music and people speaking loudly.

Weirdly, as we explain in this episode, ADHD individuals can still get a lot of work done in that setting.

The weird thing that happens in the ADHD brain

There's something funny that happens for ADHD people when they're around others. They tend to do really good work when surrounded by people, which she attributes to the idea of "mirroring" or "parallel work." When they see others in their area, they feel cocooned by them, allowing them to focus on their tasks.


This episode that's all about ADHD office space sharing, covers:

  • The two flavors of silence in the ADHD brain.
  • Why co-working when you have ADHD?
  • The cacophany of voices in our ADHD heads.
  • Working around other people and their noise.


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About Katie McManus

Katie McManus was trained in Executive Business Coaching and Leadership Development at the Co-Active Training Institute in San Rafael, California.

She's a CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach) and an ACC (Associate Certified Coach) with the International Coaching Federation.

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