How to Snap Out of ADHD Brain Fog So You Can Be Productive

Screen shot 2013-01-31 at 10.07.25 PM**Marcia is on vacation 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!

So there you are, another morning with brain fog. And 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, jump up and down a few times, and stand at attention. (Okay, you may feel weird doing this, but it’s worth it.)

Step 2. 

From there, give yourself marching orders. Whatever it is you should be doing, say it [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...]

How to Be Productive in Your Business

Screen shot 2013-09-03 at 5.08.54 PMDo 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 something you [Read more...]

Is ADHD Hereditary? More About Procrastination and Self Esteem, and How to Market Yourself without Sounding Salesy

What made our “Ask Jacqui and Marcia Anything!” call so fun this week? Well, lots of people asked us questions and interacted with us via the webcast.

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

Business Brilliance: “Ask Marcia and Jacqui Anything!” October 24, 2011

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or click below to listen online:


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What is really nice about the webcast is, you might not feel you have something huge to say — maybe not enough to speak up on the call. But you have a thought or comment and want to share, and it feels okay to do that in writing. You can do just that on the webcast. We really enjoyed hearing from everyone.

We had a wide range of questions including:

• Is ADHD genetic or environmental? I give the answer and Marcia shares a really funny story about her Mum.

• Two great questions related to our survey results call, about procrastination and self esteem. [Read more...]