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*ADD & ADHD both refer to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; EFD refers to Executive Function Disorder, or challenges with EF.

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Latest From The Blog

When It Is Tough to Get Going – Some Strategies to Get Things Done! Part 3 of 3

Welcome! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!This is the last of a series of 3 posts (I could probably do 100, and guarantee I’ll do more) on how to make it easier to get things done DESPITE the way you feel, and in a way that enhances your life, rather than brings you down. CONTINUED FROM PART 1  (http://wp.me/p1sXL9-1j) and PART 2 http://wp.me/p1sXL9-40) Minimize Distractions – Put on your blinders and resist temptation by making it less intrusive. Turn off email notifications, and even the phone if possible. Put a sign on your door that you will be available at 3:30 (or whenever), to minimize interruptions.  We can’t quite turn off our brain (although a few minutes of mindful focus before you begin the work can help), so keep a ‘parking lot’ handy – a place to write down the thoughts that pop up and can compromise our focus, as we don’t want to forget to make that call, send an email, pick up the dry cleaning, order a replacement phone charger, add a new slide to a presentation you are not currently working on, etc. Some people find background music makes it easier to stay focused (volume and genre do matter!). Accountability Helps – Don’t try to go it alone. Report your progress to a non-judgmental accountability-partner, whether a friend, family member or coach, or consider joining an Accountability Group.  I’ve recently been trying a new strategy (for me) that is especially appealing to the tech-savvy. I ask some of my coaching clients to take a photo of their progress and text it to me. It might be a completed page... read more

When It Is Tough to Get Going – Some Strategies to Get Things Done! Part 2 of 3

This continues my post about how to bridge the gap between knowing what you should/want/need to get done and the reality of what you are actually accomplishing! Take Breaks & Take Time for Self-Care – Avoid ‘overbooking,’  Often less IS more. Especially when you have things to do in the evening or over the weekend. Leave time between Task-Appointments (if you work for 20 minutes, take a 5-10 minute break, then a longer break every two hours or so). Get up and MOVE (keeps the energy flowing). This is easy to forget when in hyper-focus mode, where we can work for hours on something because we are so caught up in it. Try to remember the law of diminishing returns (and ask yourself what is not getting done that is also important. SELF-CARE is often the first thing to go when we feel there is too much to do.  Yet self-care provides the physical AND mental energy to accomplish more.  Think about it – how much more productive are you after a good night’s SLEEP? We know that EXERCISE boosts our body chemistry so we are more functional (and often a lot less ‘hyper’ or ‘antsy’).  DRINK a lot of water (hydrate).  SNACK on fruit or have a protein shake.  A quick NAP or MEDITATION can be super-restorative. Science is proving that time spent OUTSIDE in greenery enhances our mood. We NEED and DESERVE to ENJOY ourselves.  Take a break to play with your kids or your dog (laughter totally energizes).  Have lunch with friends or make some private time with a partner, and you’ll usually get MORE done (with fewer feelings of deprivation or annoyance at having to do the work in the... read more

When It Is Tough to Get Going – Some Strategies to Get Things Done! Part 1 of 3

Frustrated by the gap between knowing what you should/want/need to get done and the reality of what you are actually accomplishing? For many people, this is a chronic struggle – especially those with ADD/ADHD/EF issues (myself included!). Even when we are at the top of our game there’s still a backlog that can approach critical mass.  I often wonder what the top of my game would be if I could be more Niki-like and ‘Just Do It.’ Fortunately, there ARE strategies that help me, and that I’ve used to help my clients succeed: Begin with Clarity – Know exactly what you plan to do AND why you want to do it.  Maybe it’s because you need to get something done, but byphrasing it as something you want (even if the reason is to keep your job, pass a course or stay on speaking terms with your partner), it becomes your CHOICE, and our motivational circuits work a lot better when we choose to do something. So convert your ‘have-to’s’ to ‘want-to’s.’ Think ‘Task’ NOT ‘Project’ – Often, what we want to do is too big to accomplish in a single sitting, leading to a feeling of overwhelm.  For many of us, overwhelm is a trigger to shutting down and doing less, rather than ‘attacking’ the project to get it done. (Our brain perceives the situation as threatening, and shifts into the protective ‘fight or flight’ mode.)  Avoid overwhelm by identifying the PROJECT (redo the files, create a newsletter, plan a vacation, organize the closet, write the thesis, ‘do’ the taxes) then breaking it down into the multiple small steps (TASKS) that are needed to complete the project.  It helps... read more

Work From Home on Snow Days – Productively!

SNOW DAYS – For many, it means working from home.  Great for avoiding hazardous roads, but when it comes to productivity, there are some built-in hazards you’ll have to negotiate.  Remember these three words to make your work-at-home days more successful. WORD #1: Preparation –   Yes, follow the Boy Scout credo and be prepared Always have a work-related contact list and critical info (passwords, etc.) at home – snow day or not. If possible, sync your office computer with your phone and laptop or tablet.  Don’t depend on being able to access your office computer remotely; the internet may go down in bad weather. As an extra precaution, print out the contact list and other critical information.  (Do this periodically.)  It is possible the electric may fail, especially in areas with snow-laden tree branches and exposed wires.  You may need the printout to make an emergency call or two. (Keep your cell phone charged and have a spare, charged power source in case it does – consider investing in a solar-powered charger.) If you have advance warning of the snowstorm, give thought as to what you can work on at home that would be the most productive use of your time. These may be tasks that will help you finish an important project you are working on now, or a project you’ve been meaning to get to that you haven’t had time for in the office, or it may be a good opportunity to do some planning, away from the urgency and interruptions of office life. Gather any materials you’ll need to do the work from home.  Again, don’t... read more

How ADD/ADHD Diagnostic Terminology (and Thinking) Has Changed Over the Years

First, put to rest any thoughts that ADD/ADHD is a NEW or MADE-UP Disorder. 1775 – Dr. Melchior Adam  published the textbook Der Philosophische Arzt that contained a description of inattentive, ADHD-like behaviors – notable as probably the first textbook ‘description’ and  because most emphasis has historically been on the hyperactive symptoms. “He studies his matters only superficially; his judgments are erroneous and he misconceives the worth of things because he does not spend enough time and patience to search a matter individually or by the piece with the adequate accuracy. Such people only hear half of everything; they memorize or inform only half of it or do it in a messy manner. According to a proverb they generally know a little bit of all and nothing of the whole….They are mostly reckless, often copious considering imprudent projects, but they are also most inconstant in execution.”  BEST OF ALL: His treatment recommendations from almost 240 years ago included massage and exercise! 1798 – Sir Alexander Crichton, MD, published a book An Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Mental Derangement wherein he said, “In this disease of attention, if it can with propriety be called so, every impression seems to agitate the person, and gives him, or her, an unnatural degree of mental restlessness. People walking up and down the room, a slight noise in the same, the moving of a table, the shutting a door suddenly, a slight excess of heat or of cold, too much light, or too little light, all destroy constant attention in such patients, inasmuch as it is easily excited by every impression… they have... read more

Following your Passion – In Life, Work, Love

I’ve always believed in the concept of following your passion – in life, in work, in love… Easier said than done.  It helps to know what you feel passionate about, and  I find that, although I enjoy and appreciate so many things, I am not always totally clear about what really ‘turns me on.’  Sometimes passion exists only in a brief moment, or it takes a hiatus, or slips into the back seat while economic necessity or logistics drive my life. (I am aware of those who believe you can always live from passion, and also those who believe you can do anything with passion and commitment, but while both views have merit, they are, for me, sometimes philosophical exercises, instead of my daily reality.) When I am living my passion there is a sense of aliveness, of deeper purpose at a higher, more meaningful level.  I may not even realize I’ve been ‘out‘ of passion until some experience reminds me what it feels like to be ‘in’ it. The feeling is incredible.  I see the difference in my work.  Sometimes I’ll be helping a client, and I know I’m doing what needs to be done, but I don’t feel that sense of communion with my higher purpose.  It is just a job. Then there are times when there is magic in a session. My words flow effortlessly and communicate the right information at the right time, in a way that the client is able to really ‘get’ what we discuss. We both feel energized, and I know I have truly touched their life, helping them to see things... read more

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