I posted this on Stack Exchange to a question about becoming a programmer with ADHD but I think I’ve come up with a pretty good system for working/studying so I thought I’d share it here too.
I have ADHD and this is what I do.
1.Deactivate Facebook and set SelfControl which is a distraction minimizing application for mac. There are other kinds too such as StayFocused for Chrome. I use SelfControl because, unlike StayFocused, it blocks selected websites from ALL browsers. You may not need that but I can be a little sneaky.
2.Use the Pomodoro technique (www.pomodorotechnique.com). Basically this just breaks your study/work time down into 25 minute increments with small breaks in between. This is a bit of a mind trick but for me it really works. It keeps me from getting too overwhelmed.
3.Find a quiet place and/or a good soundtrack. Sometimes I’ll just listen to music without lyrics or with very few lyrics to drown out external distractions. This is all a matter of taste. I like to listen to Secret Agent or Space station on SomaFM.
4.Try to be as hands on as you can. Start a project to keep you going.