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 Healthy Boundaries are Important When You are Working with ADHD

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In order to have a successful business when you have ADHD, it is vital to create strong personal boundaries. Boundaries are rules you set for yourself, based on your values and priorities.

Some boundaries are automatically in place without you having to be consciously aware of them. For example, if a stranger stands too close to you, you instinctively step away in order to create a physical space that you are comfortable with.

However, not all boundaries are that easy! Sometimes you don’t know what your boundaries are, so you can’t enforce them. Because healthy boundaries are so important for you to feel happy and be successful, it’s worth spending a little time and reflect what is happening now and what you need to do to strengthen your boundaries.

Here is a list of areas where it’s important to have healthy boundaries:

• Physical space
• Mental
• Emotional
• Time
• Physical body
• Sexual
• Material

How to find your boundaries

If you aren’t sure what your boundaries are now, start to [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...]

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...]

Here’s What We Did on Our Spring Break

Jacqui and I both took breaks this month to spend time with our families — Jacqui took off to England to visit her mum and dad, and I went to my mom’s in San Diego, CA.

Want to take a peek at what we did during our time off?

My turn:

Before I left for San Diego, my husband and I spent a long weekend at the cottage on Pelee Island, Ontario, in the middle of Lake Erie, to open it for the summer. It looks like my two best girls are behaving themselves on the beach. What they usually like to do is get wet and sandy and roll in dead fish. They get lots of baths at the cottage. [Read more...]

Computer games that are actually good for your ADHD!

Today’s article is inspired by a call Marcia and I did called “Online Programs that Can Help Your Brain and Improve the Way You Run Your Business.” 

When we think of computer games, the next automatic thought is “bad for me.” They eat up time when there are productive things to be done, and when we do indulge, we feel lazy and guilty.

However, there is a new breed of games that are good for you, your brain, and your ADHD. This is because the more we learn about the brain, the more we realize that, just like the body, we need to exercise the body to keep it in good shape. These programs help to develop and improve the cognitive functions that ADHD adults struggle with.

Here are 3 of the best! (And they’re so fun, you’ll forget they’re good for you!)

www.lumosity.com

Lumosity is a web-based cognitive training program designed by neuroscientists that allows you to improve your mental abilities by playing games. The games are [Read more...]

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

Grow Your Business, Get Things Finished, and Be Your Best When It Really Matters

In our Business Brilliance call yesterday, Marcia and I answered some wonderful questions. Here is a sample:

  • A photographer wanted assistance on a problem she faces in her growing business. When you have ADHD, the answer is always to do what comes easiest to you, and after a quick brainstorm, we found out what that was for her.
  • One listener wanted tips on how to follow through on tasks and get things finished (a common ADHD complaint that is very frustrating).
  • We also addressed the fine line between mindset and ADHD.
  • And, how to show up and be your best when it really matters.
If you missed the call, or want to listen to it again . . . here it is. Click on the link below to download the MP3:
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Business Brilliance: “Ask Marcia and Jacqui Anything!” July 11, 2011

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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...]