Day one – the hopes and dreams of a software developer with ADHD

This is day one.

This site is to help share (and find) things that help me write software better / more easily / with less struggle. I bet some of them will work for you as well. That’s not just about minimizing the effect that ADHD has on me – it’s also finding all of the small ways that it can help become my superpower.

We’ve all had a day one, or actually many. Lots of them don’t go as planned, but if all goes well there will be another day one that follows. The best you can do is pick yourself up and try again.

If I’m being honest I don’t even have a clinical diagnosis, but my family and friends all agree that adhd seems to fit me pretty well. I don’t need a doctor to tell me that I write code better when I’ve had the right amount of caffeine, and get the right music playing, and find a to do list to clutch, or that 45 minutes is about the minimum I can realistically set aside for learning a new task. I’m sure there are multitudes of other discoveries like that waiting to be found. I know I’m not the only software developer with ADHD – I hope that readers will share what works for them as well. Finding tips and community at the same time seems great. I’ll share my story and hopefully meet some ‘others’ along the way.

I’ll be pretty sporadic with my posts but I have a lot sketched out. This is as much for me as it is for the world. Here’s a little sneak peak of a future post – documenting things so that I understand and can remember them ends up being my superpower because other people can use the documentation and think I did it out of the kindness of my heart!

I’m super excited about hearing what works for other people, and finding the differences between every different software developer with ADHD. Software development is too hard to suffer in silence, and it’s a lot more fun once we learn how to thrive in it!

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