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/

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...]

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

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

You aren’t alone. I hear this a lot! Let’s presume you have already delegated the tasks that aren’t your area of expertise (accounting or web maintenance for example). You will still be left with some things that only you can do.

However, these tasks take you much longer to finish than anyone you know. This is 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, but as you are reading this I am sure a few tasks pop straight into your mind.

There are many reasons these tasks seem to take a long time

A) How long does it actually take you? Usually the tasks we find take a long time are also [Read more...]

Why Successful Entrepreneurs with ADHD Can Help You (even if you think they can’t)

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When we hear that a successful, famous person has ADHD, it is helpful to us for many reasons, including:

1) It normalizes the condition . . . anyone can have ADHD.

2) It shows it’s possible to have ADHD and be successful.

3) Their stories can act as inspiration for us.

4) It validates us. We realize we aren’t alone with quirks and ‘annoyances.’

5) It gives us confidence to use our ADHD strengths.

6) It gives us HOPE!

I hadn’t understood the power of this until I had a conversation with a 9-year-old little boy. He had been diagnosed with ADHD because he was struggling in school. He hated having ADHD. It made him feel different from everyone else and he didn’t think it was fair that he had to struggle so much with things that all his friends found easy. He was so hurt—I really wanted to do something to help, so I asked a few questions. He loved sports, and the summer olympics was fresh in everyone’s mind, so I told him about Michael Phelps having ADHD.

I had never seen such a rapid change in someone’s mood. This little boy was thrilled. He knew he would be OK. In fact, he knew he was going to be more than OK, because ‘clearly’ having ADHD gave Michael Phelps the winning edge!

We aren’t that much different from that 9-year-old little boy. Even though as adults we try to be cool and pretend that celebrities don’t influence us, they do! (We live in a celebrity-centric world.) Famous ADHD entrepreneurs can inspire us with their stories of struggle and victory. They show us that using their gifts (often the ones that non ADHDers want you to get rid!) is how they became successful, and their success paves the way so you know success is possible for you, too.

There are some famous ADHD entrepreneurs that get [Read more...]

Diary of our “Focus, Control, & Balance” Live Retreat

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Tuesday, April 30th
12 noon
Flew from Montreal to Detroit. It was a painless flight, no delays or hold ups . . . even my suitcase got there safely.

6 pm
Marcia met me at the Detroit airport and we ran errands. We bought gifts for our retreat participants as well as water and tons of apples for refreshments. We both were excited, because our first ever live event was just days away after 6 months of planning!!

8 pm
Arrived at Marcia’s home and I saw Todd (Marcia’s husband) for the first time after his quadruple bypass heart surgery. Despite it only being 6 days after the operation he was doing really well. I also got to see [Read more...]

Interview with Tara McGillicuddy: Running a Successful Business as and ADDer: The Ups and Downs of An Entrepreneur with ADHD

Yesterday Marcia and I interviewed Tara McGillicuddy. Tara is a successful business owner and she has ADHD. What is really cool is that Tara’s business in helping people with ADHD lead happy and productive lives. Tara was one of the first people to use the internet as a way to connect people with ADHD.

Marcia and I picked Tara’s brain on how she overcomes her ADHD challenges to run this successful business.

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

Working with ADHD: “Running a Successful Business as an ADDer”

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We asked Tara how she copes with the key business issues we know you are facing:
1.) Procrastination
2.) How to avoid distraction from necessary tasks

The Results Are In!

Two weeks ago, Marcia and I invited you to take part in our survey for entrepreneurs with ADHD and ADHD tendencies.

Thank you for taking part! We announced there would be a prize drawing, and that one lucky winner would receive a 60-minute coaching call with both of us.

However . . .  we were both so overcome with gratitude that so many of you took part in the survey, that we decided to pick not one, but two winners!

Marcia and I live in different cities (and in different countries), so we each held our own separate drawing and each picked a winner.

Want to know who the winners are?

Check out the videos below:

We also promised to share the results of the survey with you in a special call.

It is our our hope that you will feel part of a tribe of other special people, all facing similar challenges in life and business. Of course, for every challenge there is always an answer, and that is where Marcia and I come in!

The special call where we share the survey results will be held:

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

12:00 noon PST / 3:00 pm EST
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Mark your calendar now, and don’t miss this special call!

As with all our calls, you are welcome to interact and ask us questions.

Hope you are as excited as we are!!!

To your business success,
Jacqui and Marcia

Market Yourself, Stay Out of Overwhelm, What Coaching is Like, and Questions About Our Guest Experts

Today, Marcia and I answered your questions on your biz, ADHD, and questions you had  relating to the extra special guests we’ve had in the last couple of months.

We had questions about:

  • How to market yourself and your business when you are feeling overwhelmed and a little shy about putting yourself ‘out there’
  • What a ‘week in the life’ of being coached is like.
  • Following up on a topic that our guest Peter Riddle mentioned, we answered a question relating to ADHD and mindset.
  • After listening to guest Terry Matlen, one listener thought that rather than ADHD tendencies she actually had ADHD and wondered if she should get tested even though she is in her 50′s.
  • During the Stephanie Calahan interview, a listener had a ‘lightbulb’ moment when she realized that being organized is a skill that can be learned. Her question was, should she get organized first at work or home.

Plus lots more!!!!

If you missed the recording, or want to listen to it again . . . click on the link below to download the mp3.

Business Brilliance: “Ask Jacqui and Marcia Anything!” June 20, 2011

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How to Wear Many Hats, Speak in Public, and Divide Your Attention Between Work and Home

Miss the “Ask Marcia and Jacqui ANYTHING!” call yesterday? Don’t panic! We recorded it!

There were 3 great questions:

Jennifer wanted to know how to manage her multi-faceted business. Marcia answered this question by looking at the macro view point, while I addressed it from a micro perspective. Heads up . . . multi-tasking is not the answer! ;) [Read more...]