How to Curb Your Impulsivity When You Have ADHD

ThePauseIf you have ADHD and run a business, you know your impulsivity can sometimes get you in trouble. You want to buy that new piece of equipment right now, without checking your budget. You want to implement that new business direction right now, without having thought it all the way through. You want to say what you want to say now, before you forget it, even though it means interrupting your client.

Not good. Not if you want your business to be successful.

So why are you so impulsive? It all has to do with creating a pause.

Dr. Ari Tuckman explains the relationship between impulsivity and the executive functions. “Executive functions” is an umbrella term for a set of mental processes that help connect past experience with present action. They include working memory, sense of time, remembering to remember, emotional self-control, self-activation, hindsight and forethought, and problem solving.

Dr. Tuckman says the executive functions “live in that little space between stimulus and response.” People without ADHD are able to hold back an automatic response to the world around them (like the urge to react or do something right now). This critical ability to stop creates a pause that allows them to think through the various response options and then choose the best one — and it usually happens in a split second. This gives the executive functions time to do their thing.

People with ADHD have difficulty stopping long enough to create that pause, which means you can’t [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...]

Back by Popular Demand! Q&A with Dr. Ari Tuckman: Executive Functions and ADHD

Marcia and I didn’t want to waste any precious time while we were interviewing Dr. Ari Tuckman yesterday. You have never heard us so quiet. But we were on a mission! to ask Dr. T all the questions you had written in.

Usually when we have a special guest, Marcia and I are bursting with questions to ask them. However, we sealed our lips and only asked one question each. Can you imagine how hard that was?! But it was worth it. We asked your questions, Dr. Tuckman answered them. Mission accomplished.

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

Q&A with Dr. Ari Tuckman: Executive Functions and ADHD

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We covered lots of diverse topics, so listening to this recording is a must. You will learn so much. Plus, Dr. Tuckman is so [Read more...]