What if the Real Project Isn’t Appearance-Based?

As humans, we are very much appearance-based.  We latch onto what we see, and often, this reliance on what we can see and what we can prove becomes an obstacle and a source of anxiety.

One of my favorite quotes recently is, “The sun doesn’t rotate around the earth, but without the right technology it looks like it does.”  I think this is a great analogy and explains so much about the nature of the tricks, solutions, and strategies those with ADHD find on the Internet.  At the end of the day, many of those things don’t work because they don’t address the core issue.  They deal with appearance.
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ADHD Sleep Challenge: Duh, It’s the Mattress

Have you ever called customer service about your computer and they asked if it was plugged in? The question seems silly, but do you know why the question is asked? It’s because through experience, working through long complicated solutions, they had found out the problem was something as simple as plugging in or turning on your device.

People with ADHD struggle with sleep. I struggle with sleep. To remedy the problem, the experts prescribe a focus on sleep hygiene, abstinence from screen time, or taking melatonin as a sleep aid, even participating in sleep studies to diagnose sleep apnea. These techniques are important and can play a role in sleep challenges. Continue reading “ADHD Sleep Challenge: Duh, It’s the Mattress”

Addressing Disorganization: Mapping Out a Blueprint for Success

If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you were drawn to it by the word “disorganization.” Many of those with ADHD look at the clutter and their seemingly inefficient systems and proclaim themselves disorganized. But more often than not, this is an appearance-based judgment.

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Gesundheit! Do Allergies Affect ADHD Treatment?

Yes, you could say I’m allergic to writing. I hate it. It’s always been hard, especially for a dyslexic like me. That’s why I focus so much on communicating auditory content via Attention Talk Radio and visual content via Attention Talk Video.

As allergic as I am to writing, yet I am able to write from time to time with the right prescription. In order to write, I need mental clarity. Writing is hard but even harder when starting with a white sheet of paper. Continue reading “Gesundheit! Do Allergies Affect ADHD Treatment?”

Einstein “gets” ADHD. Do you?

Here is a question I want to help you address. Are you struggling to manage your ADHD? If so, why?

Albert Einstein once said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” BUT NOT SIMPLER! ADHD isn’t simple. ADHD is complex. Dictionary.com defines “complex” as a system of interrelated, emotion-charged ideas, feelings, memories, and impulses that are usually repressed and give rise to abnormal or pathological behavior. “Problem-solving” is defined as the process of finding solutions to difficult or complex issues. Continue reading “Einstein “gets” ADHD. Do you?”

It’s like we won! Celebrate with us!

Yea! Attention Talk Video was named for the second year in a row the third best ADHD YouTube channel on the planet! Can you believe it? We got on the podium and might be getting a bronze medal, but the truth is we WON! We won GOLD. How can that be? Let me explain. It is all about context, which is an attention lesson for us all.

First place was Jessica McCabe’s How to ADD. Jessica is very creative and informative. Her channel does a great job. At the 2018 Conference on ADHD, Jessica and I put on a pre-conference marketing workshop. Our interaction was amazing and I really admire her. Continue reading “It’s like we won! Celebrate with us!”

New Mindset, New Solutions

There is nothing more powerful than a change in mindset!

There are different views on how to define mindsets. As an attention coach, I define mindset as how your mind is set up to think. Your mindset predetermines how you interpret and respond to everything. It defines what is obvious to you.

When problem-solving, most are looking for methodical solutions… paint-by-the-numbers recipes. When they find the recipes don’t work, they often look for an insight or an aha that reveals a methodical solution. This mindset makes sense as it can be exceptionally efficient. Often in the self-help world, people search endlessly for these quick-fix approaches. Few understand the nature and the power of a change in mindset. Continue reading “New Mindset, New Solutions”

Attending to How Tradition and Policy Are Made

Years ago, I was doing some work at a company and was questioning a company policy that made no sense. An insightful employee shared a story that is a great metaphor and makes for an interesting study of attention. I’d like to share it with you.

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Continue reading “Attending to How Tradition and Policy Are Made”

Personal Science: Coaching the Mind

I believe the placebo effect is real. In most cases, if you believe something will help you get better, it likely will. The same concept applies to just about everything else, especially if our beliefs interact with reality. For example, to some, a Ford racecar is superior to a Chevy; California red wines are better than French; and one’s political party is right and the others are wrong.

Certainly, everyone is entitled to their beliefs, but if you spend enough time experiencing your own take on reality, you come to believe that what works for you might actually be a universal truth or fact. Continue reading “Personal Science: Coaching the Mind”

Who Has Time to Sleep?

The majority of ADD-ers struggle with sleep. The fact of the matter is, sleep deprivation can intensify ADHD symptoms, making them more difficult to manage.Furthermore, sleep or good sleep hygiene requires organization, which historically is problematic for ADD-ers.

To begin, ADD-ers crave brain stimulation. If the brain is not stimulated, it will find something more stimulating. Based on this premise, I’ve found it more practical to help ADD-ers by helping them to manage their interest.

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