Ugly Organizing Systems Are Not All Bad

Organization isn’t always pretty; in fact, it can be downright ugly, and many ugly organizational systems are more effective than pretty ones. If you look up the word “organized” in the dictionary, you see words like structured, controlled, and systematic. Now, while these are great descriptors, it makes me think of warehouses in rows and columns. I’m not saying that type of system isn’t effective, but it just doesn’t work for me. What it really comes down to is whether I know exactly where something is when I need it.
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Student: “Can you help me be better organized?”

ADHD, Organization, Disorganization and Effort

I respond to a comment on my YouTube page by a student who wrestles daily with distraction: 

You Tube Comment: I really want to be organized in studies… I always find something more interesting than the books.. I am tired of fighting.. Can you advise me with this problem? I am sure every student is facing this.
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Is Packing for a Trip an Ordeal?

Adults with ADHD often struggle with going on vacation, school and business trips, primarily because of the challenge involved in packing. They’re hard on themselves because they think it should be easy.

What I’ve learned over the years is packing requires a little bit of memory and a lot of working memory (executive functioning) because of the misconception that one must retrieve from memory all the items necessary for this particular trip.

Here are my suggestions to make thinking of, and packing easier:
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Jeff is an Expert on the Succeed with ADHD Telesummit

Jeff Copper is one of 25 participating ADHD experts!

What it is: The 2018 Succeed with ADHD Telesummit is a week-long online event with 25+ ADHD experts who tell you the real story behind ADHD – what is involved, how to manage the obstacles, and how you can truly THRIVE with ADHD.

Who: 25+ ADHD experts – including Jeff! – brought together by my colleague, Laurie Dupar of Coaching for ADHD and the IACTCenter – and YOU

When: July 23-27, 2018

Where: Anywhere you are as long as you have access to a phone or computer with internet/wifi.
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“S” is for Self-Regulation: Lessons in ADHD Emotional Control from “Sesame Street”

ADDitude Magazine talks about self-regulation and ADHD and refers to this Attention Talk Radio podcast in which Jeff Copper interviews Autumn Zitani, M.A., Senior Director of Curriculum and Content at Sesame Workshop. The article talks about emotional self-regulation as a complex neurological function that helps us pay attention to shifting stimuli, evaluate them, and respond in appropriate ways. When it is lacking (as it is for many children with ADHD), parents often struggle to explain and teach self-control. This is where the long-running television show “Sesame Street” steps in to help.

Jeff is an Expert on the Parenting ADHD Summit (Free Access)

Parenting ADHD Summit with Penny Williams – 38 of the world’s ADHD and parenting experts share top Insights and Strategies for Effectively Raising a Child with ADHD.

More than 28 hours of expertise on how to let go of traditional expectations, boost your child’s self-esteem, manage child and family stress, navigate school struggles, handle emotional intensity, empower your child for success and confidence, take care of yourself, parent with purpose and intention, and so much more.

You can watch all the videos FREE, the week of June 18-24, 2018.

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Working Memory for Adults with ADHD

Finishing Projects, Transitions and Working Memory with Adult ADD/ADHD – ADHD coach Jeff Copper appears on ADHD Support Talk Radio with Lynne Edris as they delve further into the issues around working memory and everyday life.

 

Is Your Working Memory Working with Adult ADHD/ADD?– Jeff Copper, guest expert on ADHD Support Talk Radio, discusses working memory challenges in adults with ADHD. If you want to understand how your working memory may be an obstacle to performing at your best, listen in to hear Jeff’s working memory Aha!

 

Dive Deeper into ADHD and Working Memory
Test your working memory with a fun quiz!

 

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5 Attention Exercises for ADHD, Weight Management and Self Regulation

ADHD isn’t so much a deficit of attention but rather an issue of self-regulation—the ability to vigorously engage the executive functioning brain to override the automatic brain.

This ability to pause, ponder, and choose a different path to proceed is what helps us reach our goals.

When it comes to weight management, the rubber meets the road at the point of performance/impact, i.e., the dinner table. Your success at weight management hinges upon self-regulation. Can you pause, identify your triggers,and then design an environment that can help you regulate your urge to eat more than necessary?

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A Resource to Save the Future of ADHD Students

ADHD stimulant medications are classified as Schedule II medications, which means they have a high potential for abuse and as a result are controlled substances. Medications like Adderal are in high demand on college campuses as a study aid. Many with ADHD are lured by friends to share medications and sometimes sell them, which constitutes a felony act. In a rising trend, many ADHD students are unaware of the punitive consequences of ADHD drug diversion, and it has become a hot topic. Many resources talk at students on the topic which mutes the message.

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