39: As ADHD entrepreneurs we need to STOP calling ourselves lazy!

39: As ADHD entrepreneurs we need to STOP calling ourselves lazy!

The Truth About Laziness and ADHD: Dispelling Misconceptions and Promoting Productivity

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"Sometimes being lazy is just a massive sign from the universe that you need to hire someone else to do this for you or get some help. It's not a reflection of your capabilities, it's a strategic decision for your productivity." - Katie McManus

Hey there, my ADHD tribe!

In this episode of the Weeniecast, join me, Katie McManus, as we dive into the misunderstood world of laziness and ADHD. Discover the truth behind executive dysfunction, the need for rest, and the difficulty in shifting gears. But be prepared for a twist that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about laziness...

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Stop Calling Yourself Lazy

Let's shake up that story we've been telling ourselves, the one where we call ourselves 'lazy'.


When we hear people call us that it's like pouring salt in a wound and it's as far from the truth as a chihuahua is from a T-Rex.

We're not lazy – far from it.

We're simply prioritizing in a world that often seems to be spinning faster than we can keep up. 🌍

In our latest Weeniecast episode, we're taking that tired ol' 'L' word and tossing it in the trash!


Because it's not serving us.

Instead, let's dish out some kindness and understanding to ourselves. 🙌

Sometimes, what looks like inaction is just our brains needing a pit stop or seeking some much-needed help.

It doesn't mean we're deficient. On the contrary, it's a sign of wisdom - we're not stupid, we know when to take a breath and re-evaluate our game plan. 🧩

Remember, you're not lazy, you're simply a strategic prioritizer!

Delegating and Hiring Help

Ever stared down a task that felt like you were trying to herd cats?

Been there, worn the fur!

Trust me - there’s no medal for trying to wrangle the un-wrangle-able. 🐈

Here’s the secret sauce: Delegation.

It's an unsung hero in our ADHD toolkit and a game-changer when it comes to managing executive dysfunction.

It's not about being 'lazy' (let's fire that word off into the cosmos, shall we?).

It’s about being a smart player on the chessboard of life. ♟️

In my latest Weeniecast episode, as I have in previous ones!, I’m hoisting the flag for delegation and outsourcing.

You know those 'lazy' tasks (the ones that seem about as easy to tackle as herding cats)?

Well, they could be someone else's piece of cake, their 'zone of genius.' 🎂

So here’s the big reveal: It’s perfectly okay not to do everything yourself. In fact, it’s pure genius. Reach out, delegate, and watch your game level soar like an eagle on jet fuel.

It’s all about playing smart, not hard. 😉

The Importance of Rest

Think 'rest' and 'lazy' are synonymous?

Let me tell you, they're about as similar as apples and hedgehogs.

In the ADHD entrepreneur world, it's easy to believe that rest equals laziness. But that's about as far from the truth as we can get.

Rest is the unsung hero of productivity, not its nemesis.

It's the secret sauce that keeps us going, the recharge that fuels our drive. Trust me, there are days when I'm flying a thousand miles an hour and I feel every bit of it.

Rather than pushing myself into the ground, I've learned to embrace the power of the pause. 

Rest isn't a sign of weakness, and it's not a luxury—it's a pit stop on the highway to success.

So let's stop guzzling energy drinks and start letting ourselves recharge. Your business, your brain, and your sanity will thank you.

Listen to this latest Weeniecast episode to unpack more about the power of rest.

Because burnout is so last season—we're all about balance now

In this episode, you will:


  • Hear me debunk common misconceptions surrounding ADHD and laziness, bringing clarity to a commonly misunderstood topic.
  • Discover the often blurred distinction between laziness and executive dysfunction, shedding new light on behaviors previously attributed to lack of effort.
  • Realize the underrated but fundamental role rest plays in the lives of people with ADHD, an important counterpoint to today's fast-paced society.
  • Learn to manage executive dysfunction with effective strategies, essential tools to navigate life with ADHD.
  • Reframe inaction from a weakness into a sign of learning or a cry for help, promoting a culture of productivity steeped in self-compassion and understanding.

The key moments in this episode are:

00:00:00 - Introduction
00:00:51 - The difference between laziness and executive dysfunction
00:04:11 - Lack of confidence and learning new skills
00:06:27 - Delegating and hiring help
00:09:43 - The need for and importance of rest
00:14:13 - The importance of rest
00:15:16 - Shifting gears in your ADHD mobile
00:17:18 - Strategies for shifting gears
00:18:45 - Creating a restful weekend routine
00:21:29 - Stop calling yourself lazy

Don't beat yourself up for needing rest after a long day. It's not laziness, it's your body and mind telling you that you need to recharge. Embrace the rest and come back stronger tomorrow. - Katie McManus

Stop calling yourself lazy for not taking action. It's not laziness, it's a whole slew of other things like executive dysfunction and needing rest or gear shifting. - Katie McManus