My colleague has ADHD and has written a report. My job is to provide feedback using comments. I understand that the editing process can be tedious, especially for someone with ADHD. And I think they may feel overwhelmed.
We have discussed how this individual prefers feedback on reports, which I can summarize as:
- Make edits rather than comments (when possible) to expedite revision
- Do not use track changes to avoid visual noise
- Make clear and succinct comments when edits are not possible, e.g., the intended meaning of the text is not clear to me, so I cannot edit it for clarity
Is there a way I can structure my feedback to make it easier for them?
The report has dozens of paragraphs, and each paragraph has a heading, like this:
The heading is a summary sentence.
The paragraph is 1–3 sentences.
- Sometimes there are bullet points, too.
Most of my feedback falls into one of the following categories:
- Can you clarify what this means?
- I see a disconnect between the heading and the paragraph.
- Can you give more detail?
In some cases, I have more than one comment on a paragraph, but the comments are usually not related, as much as I can help it. So there might be 2 instances of unclear phrasing. I highlight each one and comment on it individually.
They have also asked me to rephrase as much as I can on my own. I am doing this. But there are several sections where I do not understand what they mean, and I do not want to risk misrepresenting their analysis, hence the comments.
Is there anything I can do to help my colleague with ADHD manage the editing/revision process? They have clear deadlines and specific tasks already, so I am mainly focused on the way I provide my feedback. Thanks for any insight!