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  When meeting with prospective clients I often begin with, “Why don’t we start by you telling me what is going on for you now that prompted you to reach out for help.” It’s an invitation, an invitation to tell me their story. The storyline often follows a familiar path, including how their ADHD has affected their education, work, and family. But, while they are talking, I’m listening carefully for something more than just the... Continue reading...

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  (Originally published May 23, 2016, Updated January 16, 2019) As an adult with ADHD, you may be prone to distraction, impulsivity and boredom. As a result, instead of focusing and attending to what is essential, you are attracted to many things at once. This lack of a highly organized internal sense of structure can mean your life feels chaotic at times. And this lack of order can make it hard to accomplish important tasks,... Continue reading...

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  As an adult with ADHD, you may feel it is a stretch sometimes to be mindful with your words. Conversations can be challenging, for sure. And, no doubt, part of your challenges with being more intentional in your speech is due to your ADHD. But it is also difficult because you have likely been operating in this way for a very long time. That is, you might go into conversations on autopilot. And so... Continue reading...

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Wouldn’t it be great if your mornings were less chaotic and you were more intentional? That is, everyone in your household would get up and out the door. You would transition to your workday. And you would be able to do this without a lot of stress. While not a guarantee, adopting the right habits can definitely make it easier to start your day right. This isn’t the first time you’ve heard this suggestion. I... Continue reading...

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When I thought of writing this article I was surprised to discover I had not directly addressed this question before. After all, I thought, “I’ve been writing for a long time, and this is a core part of what I do. How is it possible I’ve not tackled this question head-on, yet?” Time to remedy this. Because I know this is something you think about all the time when you wonder: Why can’t I enjoy... Continue reading...

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You won’t be surprised to hear that my clients will on occasion cancel at the last minute because something has come up — an emergency. Such is the life of an ADHD coach, you may say. True. But more often than not, while it may truly feel like a crisis, it’s not. And so these occasions become opportunities for us to delve into where else they are jettisoning their schedule because of a perceived crisis.... Continue reading...

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  You may think your challenges with following through are due to lack of willpower. At least that’s what I hear when I first talk to other adults with ADHD. They will often say, “I know what I need to do but I just don’t do it! I just can’t make myself.” Sound familiar? And, if this is true for you, your lack of follow-through may leave you feeling ashamed — the feeling of I’m... Continue reading...

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  Making decisions of any kind can be a challenge for ADHD adults. You get that. This is true of deciding how and when to do your myriad of tasks. To more easily make these types of decisions the first step is to create an effective to-do list. Because it just doesn’t work for ADHD adults to keep your to-do’s in your head. One reason, of course, is you just won’t remember them. Also, it... Continue reading...

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You want to get stuff done. I know. If you’ve followed the suggestions from the last post, How to Tame Your To-Do List When You Have ADHD, you’ve decided on your active tasks/projects. Now it’s time to craft the tasks so you can use your to-do list effectively. Ready? Maybe you are currently alternating between avoidance and overworking. While not the only answer, a master task list can potentially help you accomplish your most important work.... Continue reading...

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    Many ADHD adults I work with have a task list that is impossibly long. That is, it is just not feasible to accomplish what they think they “should” do. If you are in a similar situation, I know it’s probably frustrating and overwhelming for you. It can feel like a never-ending trip on a hamster wheel. And when you’re in this place it seems like there is no end in sight, right? So,... Continue reading...

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