Manage Your Energy – Manage Your Willpower!

You can’t live your best life unless you get strategic! That’s why I’m all about brain “hacks” !

powerupyourwillpowerAnd that’s one of the reasons why I love CrusherTV, hosted by my friend and productivity coach Alan Brown!

CrusherTV is an online program that helps you “unleash the power of your brain.” The show is a perfect mix of science, humor and charisma! Now you can have fun while you improve your productivity and quality-of-life!

In this episode I join Alan to talk about powerful ways to manage your energy so you get more done in less time with less stress!

If you are feeling discouraged about not being able to get things done, or find yourself losing time on activities that are “fun” in the moment but don’t fulfill any of your life’s ambitions, you can grab a copy of my free guide and start doing more of the things that matter to you!!

Tips on Home Organization for Women Who Have Adult ADD/ADHD

Try these home organizing tips if you want to put disarray in its place.

ClutterDo you have piles of “stuff” so high you can’t find what you need, or sit down to a family dinner at the table because it’s covered with piles of papers – or gasp – dirty dishes? Even if clutter is beginning to take over your home, you can bust through the confusion and get your household running more smoothly!

Tip #1 – Tap into your values

The best allies you have in the war against clutter are your most deeply felt values. Find a way to connect your most cherished beliefs to clearing away the clutter!

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Adult ADD/ADHD and Procrastination

Procrastination is a challenge for adults with ADD/ADHD. Procrastination can easily lead to unpleasant consequences, including fines and penalties, lost opportunities, and even broken hearts.

ProcrastinationThese seven tips are proven to bust through procrastination so you can complete boring or unpleasant tasks and get your life under control.

First of all, it’s important to reframe procrastination for what it is – an ineffective way to avoid unpleasant or overwhelming tasks.

You can take an active stand! Use these effective strategies for pushing through the tendency to let procrastination determine your fate.

 “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
― Karen Lamb

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ADHD Symptoms and Relationship Advice

Getting Connected and Staying Connected – Relationship Advice Tips

RelationshipsWhether dating or married, all couples must contend with stresses to their relationship. However, individuals with ADHD have a greater challenge.  Studies show couples with ADHD deal with more stressors in their relationship. And they also have a higher rate of divorce and separation. Knowing how to avoid the pitfalls and connect with genuine love will grow a strong relationship.

Why are ADHD symptoms a challenge in relationships?

Adults with ADHD have difficulty with concentration during conversations, follow-through, and organization. These can put a strain on a budding relationship.

Relationship advice for conversations – use strategies to stay focused and engaged

People with ADHD often have difficulty concentrating during conversations. Their partner can mistakenly see this as a sign of being disinterested. Difficulty focusing during conversations can end a relationship before it has a chance to get off the ground.

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Strategies to alter the environment to stop procrastinating with ADHD

Stop Procrastinating – ADHD-Friendly Strategies

ProcrastinationIt’s not easy to deal with your own sense of failure when you find yourself procrastinating and don’t follow through on something you intended to do.

Dealing with a lifetime of not meeting your own expectations is emotionally crushing. Over time, it limits the type of risks you take in your life. Putting off what needs to be done affects how successful you are in all areas of your life.

Sometimes we put off doing what we need to do or want to do because we expect it to be unpleasant. This can cause us to procrastinate. Often, the physical environment is one source of anticipated discomfort.

Stop procrastinating by making changes to your environment

There are many reasons we have difficulty with procrastination. In this post, I’m going to focus on ways to make the environment friendlier so you can get things done!

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Adult ADD/ADHD Time Management Tips

We get more done when we are alert and focused.

Time ManagementResearch has proven that we need to refresh our bodies in order to get the most from our minds.  One of the best time management tips is using “breaks” to refresh our system so we achieve maximum productivity.

There are many kinds of refreshing “breaks” we can take in order to get more done during the day.

If you’re looking for a great time management tip, you’ll want to know all you can about using “breaks” to revitalize your body and clear your mind

It’s time to take action and refocus! Try some of my favorite types of “breaks” to refresh your body and your mind.

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How to Control Your Emotions – Managing ADHD Symptoms

One symptom of ADHD is difficulty regulating negative emotions.

EmotionsEmotions such as worry, fear or anger can easily get the best of us unless we have powerful tools to stay in control of our emotions.

When gripped by powerful negative emotions, chemical and neurological changes occur in the body. These changes are often referred to as the “fight, flight, fright, or freeze” syndrome.

When our body goes in this state, our logical, rational mind is bypassed and the primitive survival areas of the brain take charge. Under these conditions, it is difficult to think clearly and stay in control.

With logical thinking stalled or blocked, we lose access to our productive coping strategies. When this happens, we remain stuck in a cycle of emotionality and struggle. We react from instinct to protect ourselves. Reactivity encourages poor coping strategies such as blaming, quitting and denying responsibility.

In order to get back in charge, we need to break the cycle of “fight, flight, fright, or freeze”. We need to regain control of our logical decision-making skills so we can make good decisions that will help us met our goals.

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Sleep Strategies for Adults With ADD and ADHD

sleeping womanEveryone and every “body” is unique. Finding the right combination of approaches is the key in discovering how to get to sleep if you have ADHD/ADD!

Adults with ADHD often deal with several sleep issues. These include:

  • difficulty falling asleep at night,
  • struggling to wake up in the morning and
  • trouble remaining alert during the day.
  • Many also struggle with sleep-related disorders such as restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy.

Circadian rhythm or sleep-wake cycle

One key factor in figuring out how to get to sleep, wake up refreshed, and remain alert during the day, is the Circadian rhythm or sleep-wake cycle.

Over an approximately 24-hour period, two hormones engage in a dance that regulates our alertness and produces sleep.

Cortisol is the hormone that creates alertness and wakefulness.

Its level should peak during the middle of the day. However, for individuals with ADHD, cortisol levels peak later in the day. This can cause individuals with ADHD to have more energy in the evening when the body should be preparing for sleep.

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Turn Up The Volume!

volume maximumOne of the easiest and fastest ways to get a new habit established is to create a story around it. That’s why I love metaphors so much!   They make it really easy to explain stuff to people, they are easy to remember, and they make changing habits so much smoother.

Metaphors make intangible things like “focus” become more “real” in a unique and practical way.

So here is one of my favorite metaphors for improving your focus and concentration!

Think of the amount of focus you give to a task as being comparable to the volume setting on a radio which can be adjusted anywhere from “0” to “10”.

A setting of “0” indicates you have the volume turned down so low you can’t hear what’s being broadcast.

A “10” indicates you can loudly, clearly, and comfortably hear everything coming through.

Having a reference point – particularly one that stimulates one of your senses, in this case hearing – will give you a way to monitor your level of focus and more easily recognize when you need to make adjustments.

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Concentration and Attention Tips for Adult ADD/ADHD

DopamineDopamine dosers to your rescue!

Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters play a key role in concentration and focusing. One of these neurotransmitters is dopamine – the major chemical that regulates focus, motor movements and feelings of pleasure.

You can use some clever tricks to capitalize on and “control” the dopamine system in your body.  Here are three quick ways to get your brain to “dose you with dopamine” and increase your ability to pay attention and concentrate!

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