Project Management Tool for Entrepreneurs with ADHD

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Being organized and in control of your projects helps you be productive and keep customers and clients happy. Want to know what the best project management tool is when you have ADHD?

You might be surprised when you hear what it is. In fact some people don’t believe it will help them because their business seems too complex for such a simple solution. However, those same people are raving about it after they have tried it!

Click here to see the what it is in the video I made for you.

Jacqui Sinfield is an ADHD Coach and author. You can find more from her at http://untappedbrilliance.com/blog/

Are You Spending Too Much Time Looking at Screens?

businessman is working on tablet and using smart phone in officeIn his new book, “Driven to Distraction At Work.” Dr. Edward Hallowell talks about “screen sucking”. It’s a term to describe how the screens of our electronic devices suck away our time and creativeness.

Technology is a wonderful thing, Almost everything can be done on the screen these days, from running a business to grocery shopping and dating. However, as with most things, there is a fine line between being useful and being a problem. The screen pulls our attention from what is happening around us, and takes us into another world. With computers, iPads and smartphones, we are never away from a screen.

The constant use of electronics is often thought of as a joke. However, for some people it can be a serious problem, in the form of an addiction. We are aware it’s possible be addicted to something that is available via the internet. For example, online gambling, porn, or shopping. However, the internet itself, with “regular” websites, can also be addictive. As Dr. Hallowell explains, some people can get addicted to the feeling of being online.

The good news is that most of us who experience screen sucking don’t develop an addiction. However, spending too much time behind your computer or cell phone can still be a problem. It can affect your relationships, sleep and productivity, and so much more.

As an ADHD entrepreneur, you might not notice you have a screen sucking habit. As a business owner [Read more...]

Richard Branson’s Secret to Success

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A few years ago I did this crazy obstacle race. It was over 12k through mud and icy water, under barbed wire, and over fire. It’s called a Spartan Race. It was the hardest physical thing I have ever done, however, after I had finished, I felt like I could do anything. At the start of 2015, the Spartan peeps started a podcast called Spartan Up. They interview successful people about their secrets to success. I was very excited when they interviewed ADHD Entrepreneur Richard Branson.

In this interview, Sir Richard Branson talks about many things including how Virgin Airlines started, how he makes his daily exercise fun, and why he doesn’t eat sugar.

However, the thing that struck me the most about this interview was how forgiving of himself and others he is. He doesn’t judge. He is very supportive and encouraging.  He pushes himself out of his comfort zone to try new things and start businesses. However, if something doesn’t go as he planned he doesn’t beat himself up.

When he was traveling around the world in his hot air balloon he had to be rescued 5 times from the water by a helicopter. While relaying this story, he was laughing. He said he got huge satisfaction from the adventure and wasn’t disappointed that he didn’t get into the Guinness World Records. Instead he talked about [Read more...]

The Top 5

Top 5 LetterpressThe start of every year is a great time to make business goals. 12 months ago, in January 2014, Marcia and I decided we wanted write more articles for Working with ADHD on topics that would be most helpful to you. We mapped out an editorial calendar and each month we both wrote an article.

One year later, we thought it would be fun to look back and see which articles were the most popular. Here is a roundup of the Top 5!

 

#1. Why Does It Take Me So Long to Finish a Task?

Do you feel some activities in your business life take you much longer than they take other people?

You aren’t alone. Many ADDers feel like this. Its frustrating, and makes you feel resentful and bad about yourself.

The most common things that take a long time are tasks like writing a report for a client, writing longer, more detailed emails, spreadsheets, etc.—they usually involve attention to detail. Depending on your business, it may be slightly different for you.

This article explains why this is and what you can do to help yourself. Read it here.

#2. How Simple Systems Can Supercharge Your Business when You Have ADHD

As a business owner with ADHD, you probably don’t like systems. You think systems may stifle your creativity. Or you think they’re too difficult to set up. Or you’ll never follow them. But if [Read more...]

How to Get More Done in Your Business

Screen shot 2013-09-03 at 5.08.54 PM**Jacqui is on holiday this week, so we’re re-running an older article we think you’ll enjoy. Use this strategy and let us know how it works for you!

Do you feel you never get to do the important things in your business? That you are waiting for the day (that never comes) when you will have some spare time to get those important things done? You aren’t alone, we hear this from many of our ADHD entrepreneur clients.

Because the day when you will get a chunk of free time is so elusive, this  productivity tip from Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog, is very powerful.

Mark Twain said, if you eat a frog for breakfast, the rest of the day will  be easy, as you have already done the worst thing!

The image of the frog makes it more powerful

Many productivity books suggest doing the task you least want to, first. However, having the image of a frog makes it much more powerful. ADHDers are very visual, so it’s a fun strategy to think what your ‘frog’ is each morning.

Sometimes, your frog task will be scary.

Sometimes, it will be [Read more...]

How to Finish What You Start When You Have ADHD

Happy young woman enjoy finishing job on timeStarting a task or project and not seeing it all the way to the end is a classic ADHD trait. Most new projects seem exciting at the start, but then there is a danger period when the novelty has worn off and before the feeling of accomplishment kicks in.

As you are reading this, think of a project that you started but haven’t finished yet. Why did you stop?

Some common reasons are:
1) I wasn’t sure it would work out
2) No one around me thought it would work (don’t you hate nay sayers!)
3) I got overwhelmed
4) I got stuck, a problem came up and I wasn’t sure how to solve it
5) I got busy with other things and got side tracked

Questioning yourself is the number one reason why we don’t finish what we start. Plus, once we begin to question ourselves, we are much more [Read more...]

How to Set and Achieve Your Goals When You Have ADHD

photo (7)At the end of May, I joined a group to train to run a half marathon. On the first day of training, we were all given a training schedule. That piece of paper laid out exactly the number of runs and the distance I needed to do every week for the next 16 weeks. When I got that training schedule, I felt a surge of positive energy. I felt empowered. The information on that piece of paper was the key to achieving my goal: to run a half marathon.

When you are an entrepreneur with ADHD, setting goals is one of the keys to success. However, goal setting isn’t always easy when you have ADHD.

Some ADHDers don’t like to set goals because they have set goals in the past, and then they’ve been disappointed if they didn’t achieve the goals. Others find they are so busy fighting daily fires, that taking a even a few minutes to plan impossible. And some people just aren’t sure how to set goals.

This week I challenge you to set a goal. Here are the steps:

1. Identify one long term goal. (Just one for now.) [Read more...]

How to End Self-Sabotage When You Have ADHD

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If you have ADHD, then you probably also like excitement. Excitement can come in many ways, from positive experiences, negative things, and also little things you might not even associate with excitement.

Positive excitement can come from:

  • Trying new things, like visiting a new city
  • Romance, nothing is more exciting than the first heady weeks of a romance
  • Adrenaline activities, like a roller coaster ride or sky diving

Excitement can also come in the not-so-positive forms:

  • Trying new things, like your 3rd new job in a year
  • Romance, extra marital affairs
  • Adrenaline activities, like speed driving

There are also much more subtle things that you probably don’t associate with excitement, for example:

1) Multi tasking, such as having 100 windows open on your computer, jumping from one task to another without spending more than a few minutes on each.

2) Packing your [Read more...]

Guess What Justin Timberlake and You Have in Common?

photo (6)Justin Timberlake came to Montreal! JT is a brilliant performer; he can sing, dance, has an incredible stage presence, and is funny and genuine.

If you are thinking the photo was taken a long way away from the stage, you are right. It was! 15 months ago, tickets went on sale at 10:00 am, and at 10:06, those were the best seats I could get. Crazy (in a good way), right?

Justin Timberlake has a huge fan base; the noise at the concert was insane, not from the music but from the cheering crowd. Everyone was very happy to be there. Imagine having the power to make that many people happy by doing something you love to do.

Did you also know that JT has ADHD?

JT, like other successful people with ADHD, uses it to his advantage (it takes a lot of energy to perform 2 hours and 30 minutes). He focuses on what he is good at and what he enjoys doing.

When you have your own business, you are in the best position to focus on what you are good at. In fact that is probably why you started your business in the first place . . . to focus on a skill or talent you enjoy.

However, after a while of being in business, it’s easy to let ‘not-so-good-stuff’ creep into your day. You might agree to work with a client on something outside of what you are good at. Or you do your own booking because you don’t want the expense of hiring someone. Or you forget that you can make your own rules and do things you feel you are ‘supposed’ to but don’t really have to.

When you are spending time away from what you are naturally good at, your ADHD seems [Read more...]

How to Single-Task When You Are an Entrepreneur with ADHD

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Single-tasking is the new multi-tasking!!!

Even though we know that multi-tasking isn’t good—it isn’t productive, doesn’t make us feel accomplished, and even makes our IQ go down—as an ADHD entrepreneur, I am guessing you do it all the time (don’t worry, you aren’t alone).

Here are some common reasons why ADDers love to multi-task:

1.) It makes you feel alive! It gives you energy, life seems more exciting.
Flitting from one thing to the next quickly means your adrenaline is pumping and that feels good.

2.) You are scared you will forget to do something. The second a thought comes into your mind, you act on it right away, regardless of what you are working on when it occurred to you.

3.) You have a low threshold for boredom. Talking the phone is boring, so talking and playing dots on your iPad is better.

The definition of multi-tasking is:

a.) Doing two or more things at the same time (such as talking on the phone while grocery shopping).

b.) Moving to and from tasks quickly. For example, [Read more...]