Focus and Chill - productivity tactics for AuDHDers and other neurodivergent folks

Welcome to episode #54 - We’re thrilled to be joined by Shea Belsky today.

Shea Belsky is an autistic self-advocate. He is the Chief Technology Officer of Mentra, a hiring platform for neurodivergent job seekers. Shea brings several unique perspectives to supporting neurodivergent colleagues: He has been the manager of neurodivergent & neurotypical employees, has reported to neurodivergent & neurotypical managers, and has advocated for the needs and well-being of his peers. Shea is excited to share these experiences with others to create a more neuro-inclusive workplace for everyone.


  1. Can you tell us about your experience with neurodiversity? When did you realize that you weren’t neurotypical? What challenges did you face? What is it like now?
    1. Diagnosed at a young age (2 y.o.).
    2. Had a lot of support throughout school (physical therapists, speech therapists, individualized education plan, etc.). 
    3. Did well at school and got into Cornell University where further development opportunities as a TA helped him grow his communication skills
    4. Lucky to be able to pay it forward now as part of my work with Mentra
  2. How is your sleep? How do you switch off at night?
    1. Sleeps well (apart from cats sometimes waking him up!)
    2. Mental exercise to shut off thoughts when he gets to bed so he can sleep quickly
  3. How do you fit exercise into your life?
    1. A big part of his life. He and his wife both enjoy hiking, running, cycling and skiing
  4. What "work" projects are you concentrating on?
    1. CTO of Mentra a careers site for ND people. Connects NDers with companies looking to hire ND talent. 
  5. What do you do to optimize productivity during your working hours? What is some unhelpful productivity advice that doesn’t work for you?
    1. Walking meetings
    2. Blocking out time for deep work
    3. Careers coach to help deal with communication challenges
  7. What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
    1. Outdoor activities (see fitness)
    2. Dungeons and Dragons
  8. What does your morning routine look like and how has it evolved over time?
    1. Feed cats, shower, and head to work
  9. Where can people connect with you or find your work?
  10. Do you have any final words or asks for our audience?
    1. Check out Mentra if you’re looking for work or looking to hire someone

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Welcome to the Focus and Chill podcast where we discuss productivity tactics that work for AuDHDers and other neurospicy people.

Every episode we interview guests with lived experience of neurodivergence who also have a solid productivity and habit game and pass the learnings on to you, our wise and benevolent audience.

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