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...]

ADHD and Brain Fog

FogWhoever thought of the term “brain fog” did an excellent job at describing that feeling where you can’t seem to get your ADHD brain into working mode. Marcia describes it as being “mired in mud”. I describe it as having cotton wool in your brain — how do you describe it?

It’s that feeling of  not being able to get your brain to wake up and into gear so you can do what is important for your business. It’s frustrating and can lead you to feel like your brain has a life of its own. However don’t despair! Here are some actions you can take to put you back in control.

If you get brain fog, here’s what to do

Immediately:

1) Run up and down the stairs, take the dog for a very brisk walk, or if you have time, head to the gym. The physical movement gets some of the feel-good chemicals released into your brain, including the all-important dopamine. The quicker you move, the better.

2) Drink a big glass of water. Boring, I know!  But there is a good chance you are dehydrated and the brain doesn’t think clearly when it is. Keep drinking water throughout the day to keep the brain fog at bay.

3) Have a cup of coffee. This isn’t such a healthy option, so I recommend doing the others first . . . but a cup of coffee will help stimulate your brain.

4) Check out Marcia’s suggestions [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...]