In this video I share some of my best strategies for Designing for Your Brain. Designing for Your Brain is about applying what we know about how brains work to design our everyday experiences, goals, and intentions in a way that optimizes our overall ability to shape our attention, memory, and focus. Instead of trying to control our attention we learn to Continue reading
ADHD Awareness Expo 2014
I’m excited about this year’s ADHD Awareness Expo 2014 starting October 26. I’ll be appearing along with 30 other top ADHD expert speakers. I’ll be sharing some of my best strategies for “Agilizing your Goals” and magnetizing yourself to get into action. Hope you can join me!
This is the model I reference during my interview.
The ADHD Awareness Month Coalition has published a listing of popular, impactful blog posts that address various aspects of ADHD Awareness.
I’m so honored that one of my posts “Asking for What You Need without Over-Explaining” is number 3 on their list!
Check out all the great blog posts highlighted in this year’s ADHD Awareness campaign here: www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/2014-best-blog-posts-on-adhd-page-1/
Self-Leadership is a term that to my knowledge was first coined by Charles Manz in a article published in 1986. Manz defined self-leadership as:
“leading oneself toward performance of
naturally motivating tasks as well as
managing oneself to do work that must be done
but is not naturally motivating” 
Most of the articles and books I have read on the topic describe self-leadership in terms of taking personal responsibility and being a role model for others. As I see it, self-leadership is a whole other way to think about how we get things done, and how we grow (vs. improve) ourselves.
Everyone can benefit from cultivating Agile Self-Leadership and Personal Agility and agilizing skills, but if you answer yes to any of the following, the impact on your life will be profound. Do you often feel:
- You are on a roller coaster between too much and not enough?
- You can’t have, be, or do enough no matter how hard you try?
- Deeply misunderstood by the people around you?
- Exhausted from the stress of trying to keep up with the demands of life, work, home and relationships?
- Your high potential and capabilities are overshadowed by your challenges with making decisions, letting go of things, and / or getting things done?
- Stuck in painful patterns of overworking, fits of frustration, impatience, anxiety, depression, addictive behavior, compulsive apologizing and explaining, or “OCD” (overwhelm, clutter and disorganization)?
- You could be doing so much more with your life if only you could:
- manage your time better?
- have better people skills?
- be more patient?
- go to bed or get up earlier?
- eat better? exercise more?
- pick one thing and focus on it till it’s done?
If you are like most people today, daily living is full of unpredictable events requiring you to constantly rethink, replan, and reprioritize.
One of the most commonly recommended strategies for getting things done today is to cultivate more “self-control.” The idea is that if you had more self-control you could get more done — and operate at “peak performance” level more often — because after all “normal” successful people have a lot of self-control, right? That’s the common working assumption in our culture. Rarely do you hear anyone talking about self-leadership or leading yourself to get things done.
But when you really think about it…what is self-control? Every one has their own definition, and many usually say something like “we don’t really mean “control.” Are we just too lazy to find a more accurate way to describe how we get ourselves to do things? I propose that “Agile Self-Leadership“ is a much more precise, meaningful and inspiring way to think about how we cultivate and optimize our own performance.
How do you get people to understand ADHD and how it affects your needs?
I get asked this question a lot. Here’s a few ideas to help you agilize advocating for yourself in a gracious, undemanding, yet confident way.
After being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 48, I went through a phase of trying to get people to understand what ADHD is and sharing with them how it explained so much of my whole life story. People’s responses ranged from
- “ADHD isn’t real” to
- “ADHD is just an excuse – it’s BS.” to
- “You don’t have ADHD. How could you? You’ve accomplished so much.” to
- “I could have told you that. My kid has it and I’ve always figured you might have it.” to
- “I have it too! No wonder we always got along so well”
The reactions were quite mixed. But one thing became clear very quickly. Continue reading
Emotional “intensity” is one of the biological traits that contribute significantly to inner conflict, stress and misunderstandings in relationships between people with different personality and cognitive processing styles.
Intensity is also a significant predictor that an individual may be especially vulnerable to PSTD, anxiety, depression, addiction, chronic stress, chronic disorganization, chronic illness and feelings of overwhelm.
In “Intensity of Emotion Tied to Perception and Thinking” by Daniel Goleman, Michigan State University psychologist Robert Emmons explains that
“emotionally intense people seek variety, novelty, complexity. They have more varied goals in life, know more people in more different situations, and because they are doing so many different things, feel more conflict in their lives.”
”These conflicts can be a source of stress for the emotionally intense, and may explain why they report getting more minor illnesses, like colds and flus, than do less emotional people,” said Dr. Emmons.
“The new data are showing that what are considered discrete psychological disorders may, in fact, be simply Continue reading
I appeared on ADHD Support Talk Radio, discussing the agile way of dealing with and preventing emotional overwhelm.
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- The role of emotions in cultivating performance and productivity
- Cultivating emotional resilience and intelligence is a high impact productivity strategy for everyone and particularly for creatives, HSP (Highly Sensitive People), ADHD, Gifted Adults, and other neurodiverse individuals.
- How your personal metaphors affect your emotional life and how you handle conflict.
- Common metaphors that affect what you perceive is normal, acceptable, or disordered.
- The car and plane metaphors for different personality and productivity styles. Continue reading
I’m appearing at the ADHD EXPO Online 2012 along with 25 other ADHD Experts, Coaches and Doctors!
October 14 – 20, 2012
The Expo is a great place to find support to understand and treat ADD / ADHD. Whether you or a loved one have ADHD, or think you might, you will get lots of great ideas from 25 of the leading ADHD experts, doctors, therapists, educators and coaches in the world.
Speakers are appearing by video to share their best tips and strategies.
Sign up at www.adhdexpo.com/
Just a few of the leading experts you’ll see…
- Sari Solden
- Nancy Ratey
- Dr. Charles Parker
- Melissa Orlov
- Dr. Roberto Olivardia
- Dr. Rory Stern
- Jennifer Koretsky
- Dr. Ari Tuckman
- Dr. Stephanie Sarkis
- Terry Matlen
- David Giwerc
Look forward to connecting with you there!
I’ll be in the chat room as often as I can be. Look for me there!
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Want to Learn More Now?
Check out recordings of and clips from some of my past classes on Agile Life Design, ADHD, Organizing, Time Management, and more.