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!!

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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Non-Medical Treatment of Adult ADHD – Exercise to Focus, Follow-through, and Feel Good!

exercise

“A bout of exercise is like taking a little bit of Prozac and a little bit of Ritalin.”
– Dr. John Ratey

And Dr. Ratey ought to know! The illustrious neuropsychiatrist from Harvard Medical School is the author with Dr. Ned Hallowell of the “Driven to Distraction” series and is one of the world’s leading authorities on the brain-fitness connection!

Exercise elevates your mood – which antidepressants such as Prozac do – and improves attention and concentration – which Ritalin does.

More and more professionals are recommending exercise as a treatment for mood and attention-related challenges such as ADHD, depression, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia.

Benefits of Exercise

Physical activity turns our brains on! Our brains are more active during exercise than any other activity we engage in. Exercise is natural way to trigger the brain chemicals so helpful in managing the symptoms of ADHD.

The executive area of the brain – the part that controls activities that people with ADHD often find challenging such as planning, prioritizing, breaking down tasks into manageable steps, organization, memory, mood, motivation and follow through – is switched on during exercise, and the effects last for some time after we stop moving.

Physical activity keeps our brains young and perky by slowing down the process of degeneration that can result in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It improves our memory and helps our brain learn new habits, routines, and facts. Exercise promotes sleep and is a natural depression fighter.

Exercise makes your brain better in so many ways, so it’s a “no-brainer” decision to find ways to work more physical activity into your day!

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Self-efficacy is a Non-Medical Treatment for Adult ADHD

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

– Ayn Rand

Empowered-LivingThe term “self-efficacy” has always excited me! It means knowing that you can “get the job done” in your life.

What I find exciting is the thought that what I do matters; the thought that I can create the results I want; that I don’t need “luck” or “timing” or “permission” – I just need “me.”

The knowledge that I can control my motivation, my behavior, and my outcomes keeps me going when times are hard. So, why did I write about self-efficacy today?

Simple. I’m a bit “bogged down.” I’m having trouble creating something of importance to me. It’s moving along, but slower than expected. I’m down on myself…(not helpful Kari, not helpful).

But I’m 100% confident that I’ll get past the “stuck point” in this project and finish it. In this case, I’m absolutely sure about me. So where did this certainty come from? From years of observation of myself and completing projects I care about. They always get done, and they get done well. Knowing that keeps me working on this project.

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Resilience and Adult ADHD

14385726019_3896b6b1a1Have you ever read the story, The Little Engine That Could?

A heavy train needed to be pulled over a tall mountain. The big engines refused to take on the job, but the little engine decided to take on the challenge.

Why did the little engine take on such a huge job? In her own words, “I think I can, I think I can.

The going was rough, at points the Little Engine faltered, but she ultimately pulled the train over the mountain. As she rolled along down the other side, she was heard to say, “I thought I could, I thought I could.”

What really sets the Little Engine apart from the other engines in the yard is the power of her self-efficacy to overcome perceived impossibilities and persist in the face of challenges.

In last week’s email I wrote about the power to be unstoppable – your mind’s ability to look at a tough situation and make a decision that you can conquer the challenge. If you didn’t read it, I hope you will read it on my blog because I think it could really help you!

Self-efficacy is never more important than when you feel that you are “swimming upstream” in your life.

Life has got its ups and downs and when you have unique challenges such as ADD / ADHD, learning disabilities, emotional issues or, as in my case, physical disabilities, the “downs” may seem to outnumber the “ups.”

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Anatomy of a Habit and ADD/ADHD

habitIn a previous post we got waist deep in habit formation…lol…

I received great feedback on my message of the strategy behind making real, meaningful changes in our lives! People really resonated with the recipe for how to make a new productive routine a part of their life!

I’ll be honest, though. A couple of people said the equivalent of … “This is so deep; can you give me another example, or break it down some more?”

So first, let me say…please do excuse me, I can get a little carried away talking about significant stuff!

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Launching Pads and ADD/ADHD

launchAutomate your “launch sequence”!

Have you ever locked yourself out of your car … or your house? I sure have!

I think about all the time I wasted sitting outside my house waiting for my husband to come home to unlock the door or, even worse, sitting on the curb or in a fast food joint a block away from my car waiting for him to come and get me where I was stranded – yuck!!

After doing that more times than I care to remember I decided I never wanted that to happen to me ever again. I decided to take control.

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Adults with ADD/ADHD – How to “hire” a new habit!

hireDid you know that research shows it takes an average of 66 days to establish a new habit?

Keep in mind, though, that’s just an average – some habits can be developed in as little as 17 days and some require 250 days to get firmly in place!

Now, it just makes sense to get a new habit set up as quickly as possible. As soon as a new behavior becomes automatic – becomes a habit – then we reap all the benefits – it saves us time and emotional energy and delivers the specific result we wanted from the habit!

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Manufacture Motivation On Demand – Push Past Procrastination

motivationBills, laundry, taxes, dirty dishes – bring it on! Ugh…find the motivation to get it done.

But these precious little demons have got to get done. What to do, what to do…

This is where motivational triggers come in handy. Motivational triggers can inspire you to “go for it” before it comes after you!

You may be using motivational triggers that you don’t even realize you’re using. Getting strategic about what trigger to use for each dreaded task can turn “no way!” into “OK!”

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