Why Do I Have Such a Poor Memory?


Have you ever been working on a project—doing some research, taking notes, or making a plan for something—and then come across your notes or plan for the very same thing—and you had already figured it out, months or years ago, but had totally, totally, forgotten about it? With no memory of it whatsoever?


Worse, have you ever gone into a meeting with clients, associates, or employees, and passionately described your ideas for the next steps of a project, only to be met with blank stares and confusion—because, as they later tell you, you had passionately described something else (perhaps something entirely different) the week before?

I have. And many of my business owner clients with ADHD have, too.

It used to make me feel like such an idiot when one of my employees would raise their hand in a meeting and ask, “Um, Marcia, does this mean you don’t want us to do what you told us to do yesterday?”

Why can’t we remember these really important things we’ve already done?

A lot of it has to do with “remembering to remember”

ADDers’ long-term memory is usually fine. It’s the short-term, or working memory, that trips us up. This is what most people call “attention,” which is why others often think we’re not paying attention.

This working memory is the part of our memory we need to watch. We get into trouble getting information that’s important to us from the practical level into our long-term memory. For some reason, it just slips through [Read more...]

How to Get Your Brain’s Attention: Give it Marching Orders

So there you are, another morning with brain fog. There’s that important project you know you should be working on, but you can’t get through to your brain about actually working on it.

Yes, you know what you should do. And you know how to do it. But you just can’t get your brain to go along with you.

Here is one of my favorite ways to work with your ADHD (instead of fighting against it) to get your brain to pay attention:

Step 1. When you notice that you’re drifting or have that “mired in mud” feeling and just cannot do the thing you know you should be doing, or, you watch yourself getting involved in something else you can “get out of the way quickly,” which of course is just procrastination -- the very moment you notice it, STAND UP. If you’re already standing up, take a step back, shake your arms, and stand at attention.

Step 2. From there, give yourself marching orders. Whatever it is you should be doing, say it out loud, as if placing an order with [Read more...]

How Can I Improve My Executive Functions?

Executive functions are high-level cognitive processes that take place without us having to think about them. There is a growing amount of research showing that adults with ADHD have a weakness in how the executive functions work. But don’t be alarmed, there is lots you can do to help yours so you can still excel.

If you missed this special program, or want to listen to it again, click on the link below to download the MP3:

or click on the player below to listen online:


On today’s call, we talked about what exactly executive functions are, and then went into detail on the following four (we will cover the others in our next call):

We gave you tips on:

  • Working memory and recall
  • Keeping facts in mind, manipulating information, and retrieving stored data from long-term memory

[Read more...]