Welcome to episode #42 Our guest today is Shane Thrapp. He is the founder of Creating Order From Chaos and an ADHD coach and business consultant. He works to empower people with ADHD to find their authentic selves and collaborates with companies on neurodivergent inclusivity and accommodations. He also works as the Operations Director at the nonprofit Men’s ADHD Support Group, as a driving force furthering their mission of supporting men with ADHD. Welcome to the show Shane!
Can you tell us about your experience with ADHD? When did you realize that you weren’t neurotypical? What challenges did you face? What is it like now?
Felt different as a child
Grew up on a farm but wasn’t into farming activities.
Loved to read
Smarter than other kids
Family very harsh
Son got diagnosed with ADHD when Shane was 30
Researched it a lot to support his son
Saw a lot of puzzle pieces
Difficulty getting diagnosed
First psychiatrist said ADHD is not possible in adults
Second psychiatrist diagnosed him with bipolar
Third psychiatrist actually did an assessment but also noticed autistic trends
Dealing with lack of order hard, e.g. if someone touches his desk
Learned body language by watching Oprah/online
Learned to mask - took it too far
2018 burned out
Couldn’t do corporate contracts anymore
What "work" projects are you concentrating on?
Found it hard to keep a job
Kept proposing process optimizations - bosses didn’t like it
Discovered that contract project management was the perfect role for him
3-8 months long contracts
Turning chaos into order (easy to do it for other people)
Fitted in long breaks
Turned self-improvement into a project
ADHD/Autism became a special interest
Read all the things (neurobiology)
RSS feeds for ADHD
After burnout in 2018 started “Creating Order From Chaos”: ADHD coaching and business consulting
ADHD coaching for people from 25 to 55
Help them build rituals and routines
Help them find values and accommodations
help them figure out where processes are broken and what accommodations would help the team members
Educate people on ADHD and autism
Men’s ADHD support group
Facebook group exploded after COVID
2022 formed non profit
Weekly Calls - peer support
How about the rest of the time? What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
Video games: RPGs
Dungeons and Dragons
World building - book series
Play with kids
What does your morning routine look like and how has it evolved over time?
have to unlock by solving Math problem
Then scan barcode on mirror - take meds
Meditation + journaling
9.30am check tasks + calendar
What do you do to optimize productivity during your working hours?
Checking tasks + calendar morning and evening
Scheduling in rest
Dealing with too many tabs
What is one habit you'd like to remove from your life (either a bad habit or one that takes up too much time)?
Marijuana: not great for ADHD
How do you switch off at night?
Brain dump - write thoughts out
Check the calendar and tasks
What resources (books, philosophies, apps, sensory toys) do you find most helpful for productivity and habit formation?
Support group - real people
Mechanical multitasking: clean while listening to a podcast
Figure out learning styles
Where can people connect with you or find your work?
Creatingorderfromchaos on socials
Do you have any final words or asks for our audience?