Question: My boss, I believe, has a problem with ADHD. Sometimes, he bounces off the
walls and is very difficult to keep up with. I try to keep up with him, but
lately, I am exhausted by mid-afternoon. I am at the point that I am so
frustrated because I am running in circles most of the time.
My boss will tell me he needs to schedule a meeting or various meetings
throughout the day. Then, two minutes after we have met regarding his
files/meeting requests, etc., he asks me if I have set up the meeting regarding
a topic that he never asked me to schedule. So, I continually have to check and
re-check my notes for who the invitees are for meeting A or B; then, I have to
ask him if his question relates to scheduling meeting A or B. His normal reply:
"Oh, no. This is another meeting I am talking about."
Many times, he forgets to give me all of the details.
Are you aware of any books that would help administrative assistants who work
with bosses with ADHD? I would like to know how to set up boundaries with my
boss, who cannot seem to focus.
I have set up color-coded files; I print meetings from his calendar and
attach to the top of a folder for each and every meeting; I arrange files on his
credenza; I keep a large, orange "Please sign" file for signatures; and we meet
daily to plan meetings, plan projects and to follow up regarding unfinished
I need some help as to how I can become a more efficient assistant to my
boss. Any suggestions? -- Frustrated in Michigan