Overwhelmed By Too Many Projects?

overwhelmHas this ever happened to you – you start a project and before it’s finished you start another one, and maybe a third one? Before you know it, you turn around and realize that you have several unfinished projects!

You aren’t ready to give any of them up – they are all still calling to you to some degree. But just being aware that you have more than one undone project seems to trigger something inside of you!

You start to feel overwhelmed, and stressed, and maybe a little guilty. That doesn’t make the situation any better, of course. Now you have several unfinished projects and very little “get up and go” to finish them!

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Gratitude improves symptoms of ADHD

gratitudeI hope when you finish this article you’ll feel grateful that you read it because it might help you improve your life! Big promise, right!?! Ok, here goes…

Most people have heard about practicing gratitude, and maybe even know that research has proven many benefits from making gratitude a habit in your life.

Specifically, how is a practice of gratitude related to improving ADHD symptoms?

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Keystone Habits and Adult ADD/ADHD

habitsThe Secret to Productive Routines

We all have habits and routines – some of them help us achieve our goals and some don’t!

Setting up productive new routines can be tough, so it makes sense to use the easiest, most efficient process possible! Fortunately, there are certain habits that make taking charge of your time and your tasks easier.

Keystone Habits

The most powerful strategy for getting control of your life is to concentrate on forming a special kind of habit – a super habit – a Keystone habit.

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Wake Up Your Brain and Get More Attentive – Use the Gross and Sexy Factor!

iStock_000005396412_Double Balloon Head_2Maybe you’re reading this because the title “caught your eye!”  Actually it wasn’t your eye that got caught – it was your Reticular Activating System (or RAS for short).

Humans have a sort of “Beat Cop” in their brains – the RAS – a bundle of nerves in the brain stem that controls what you pay attention to.

Learning how to take charge of your RAS will give you tremendous benefits in your ability to focus, pay attention and get more accomplished.  You’ll be able to concentrate, keep going when tasks are difficult, and you’ll feel better about how much you get done!  You’ll be more “present” during conversations and more aware of your surroundings.

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Is Your ADD/ADHD Life Out of Balance?

balanceSo many of us these days are spinning our wheels, not getting everything we want out of our lives! We feel overwhelmed, miserable and ineffective.

Creating a balance among personal fulfillment, nurturing your family, and pursuing rewarding work and hobbies is trickier than ever before.

Ask yourself which of these statements defines your current reality and which do not…

  • My relationships, my home and my career are well-organized and on track with my goals.
  • I eat healthfully and exercise regularly so my brain functions at its peak.

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Focusing on Your Goals

Women who want to achieve their goals need to be focused and on target.

  • But are you on target or is your life out of control? 

  • Do you have so much to do you can’t decide where to start? 

  • Do you begin a task and then abandon it? 

If any of this sounds familiar, you may be wondering what you can do to improve your focusing. 

Dr. Kari Miller shares Part 1 of her post on how you can take control, get on target and focus.

Focusing on Your GoalsFocus

Maybe you have so much to do you can’t decide where to start.  Maybe you begin a task and then abandon it.  If any of this sounds familiar, you may be wondering what you can do to improve your focusing.

If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I wish I could just focus!” you know it’s not so simple. To become a focusing super star, the first step is to understand what focusing really is.

It’s hard to take control of something you don’t fully understand.

“Focusing” is actually a combination of five related skills: attention, concentration, persistence, comprehension and memory. So let’s dive in!

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Identify Your Focusing Strengths

Do you have a goal you’d like to accomplish but weak “focusing” skills are standing in your way?

FocusingEven if you have difficulty with focus, you do have focusing strengths!  You can discover these strengths and use them to make big changes in your life.

Part one of this article describes the mental skills that make up “focusing.”  If you haven’t read part one, you can read it here.

“Focusing” is actually a combination of five related skills: attention, concentration, persistence, comprehension and memory.

You have a big goal for your life and you want to focus and make it happen! Maybe you want to start a business, go back to school or get control of your clutter. Unfortunately, challenges with “focusing” are getting in the way of accomplishing this goal.

First, you need to identify, specifically, what must be true about your focusing skills in order for you to accomplish the goal.  For example, do you need to improve your concentration and persistence?  Or maybe you need to improve your comprehension or memory skills. Write down which of the five focusing skills you will need to work on in order for your goal to become your reality.

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Workplace Productivity: Tips for Concentrating and Getting More Done

women at work smallerIf poor concentration, inconsistent follow through and a feeling of being overwhelmed get in your way, you’ll want to improve your workplace productivity. Making changes that guarantee you complete your top priority tasks produces increased income and more free time for yourself and your family.

Do any of these sound familiar to you?

  • You easily get sidetracked, jumping from task to task or thought to thought.
  • When you think about a big project it feels overwhelming and you can’t figure out how to get started, so you just put it off.
  • You schedule more things in a day than you can get done and consistently underestimate how long it will take to accomplish things – which means you’re always running behind.
  • You spend time looking for things that seem to be misplaced only to find them right in front of you.
  • Despite feeling constantly “busy” you never seem to be “productive.”
  • You feel more clear-headed, alert and focused when you drink coffee or soda, or smoke cigarettes.

Tips to managing overwhelm at work

If you are dealing with these signs of workplace overload, you’ll want to put the following workplace productivity tips into action.

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