5 Competitive Games for Work that Maintain Productivity
(My Personal ADD Management)

By Adam Eyal

The Internet is full of strategies to help parents address ADD in their kids, with the expectation that they will have outgrown it – or learned to manage it – by adulthood.

In reality, life doesn’t work out that way. That’s why around four percent of the adult population has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – and most are living with the condition undiagnosed.

What help is out there for these adults who struggle with concentration, and, more importantly, how can this fit into the chaos of busy, modern life?

We’ve been there, so we’ve taken some of our tried and tested coping methods and narrowed them down.

Here, we’ll focus on maintaining your productivity at work by introducing competitive games to help you manage your own condition.

  1. Ping Pong

 Many modern offices come with game tables such as ping pong, so take advantage of these facilities! Grab a couple of colleagues and head to the break room for a few games of table tennis at lunch.

Playing a game like ping pong has several benefits.

Firstly, the exercise will boost your dopamine levels: this has been shown to improve concentration for the rest of the day.

Secondly, this is a game that’s played in short, sharp bursts. It needs good hand-eye coordination so you’ll need to concentrate, but only for a few seconds at a time. Play it regularly and you’ll train your brain, making it easier to control when and where you focus your energies.

Tip: keep your own quality ping pong paddles at the office. This helps reaffirm commitment to staying active at the office, also it’s more fun to play with quality paddles than the grubby office ones.

  1. Foosball

 Similarly, foosball is another sports game which you’ll find installed in many offices already.

In this case, it doesn’t require quite as much energy as ping pong, making it better suited to slightly more formal office environments or days when you don’t want to risk breaking a sweat.

You’ll need focus and coordination for short periods of time, but the physical movement makes this easier to manage.

We’ve found one added bonus to playing foosball at work: a little fun, healthy competition in your down time acts as a gentle reminder to your colleagues that you’re determined and ready to rise through the ranks!

  1. Skittles

 Managing your ADHD doesn’t necessarily mean fitting strategies into your day as part of a strict routine. Sometimes, you need something spontaneous to put your mind and body at ease, allowing you to stay productive for the rest of the afternoon.

That’s why something simple like skittles is such a great idea.

You can set it up in a matter of minutes, using everyday objects you’ll find around the office: everything from an orange and water bottles to a paper weight and the cardboard tubes from inside toilet paper or paper towels.

This is a game that will get you out of your seat (although you can make a mini table-top version if need be), allowing you to use up your energy while refining your technique. If the office is quiet then the benefit of skittles is that you can play on your own, but on the whole you can count on some competition as this is a game that no one can turn down!

  1. Balloon Volleyball

 Step back to your childhood for a moment. Think back to that game where you couldn’t let a balloon hit the ground, and remember how awesome it was. Trust us: nothing changes when you reach adulthood. Balloon volleyball is still the best game ever.

We first came up with this idea for managing ADHD at work when we needed to find fun, quick releases that weren’t noisy or boisterous enough to alert suspicion from a disapproving boss. This is a game that can be ready in seconds and hidden at the first sign of footsteps approaching down the corridor.

Balloon volleyball will get you moving and stretching, but you’ll also need some forward-planning and quick thinking if you want to navigate the desks, chairs and other office obstacles in time. Just remember to use this as a tool rather than letting it distract you from your work for too long.

  1. Mini Golf

We’ve all seen films with the clichéd stereotype of the overworked, underpaid middle manager who lets off steam by playing mini golf in the office. While this might have humorous connotations, there are actually benefits to taking mini golf up as a work time hobby.

For starters, you’ll have to be accurate in order to get the ball in the hole. This will require control and a steady hand, both of which take time to perfect. You will be forced to stand up and stretch your legs, but you can be up and down as often as you like due to the fact that you will have to take turns to play against your colleagues.

Mini golf is great because there are no strict rules and the aim is very simple. As you learn to manage your ADHD and increase your skill level, the game will grow with you: introduce harder elements and obstacles to push yourself.


Adam Eyal is a content crafter at fringepursuits.com, where he covers extreme sports from paddle boarding to mountain climbing.

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.”

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