ADHD: What Does and Does Not Work

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – January 8, 2024

As an ADHD and attention coach, I’m often asked what works for those with ADHD. So, I want to dive into that, but I also want to explore what doesn’t work. First, it’s essential to understand that everyone’s experience with ADHD is unique, so what works for one person may not work for another. But in general, the key to success is finding strategies that support the individual’s strengths and challenges.

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ADHD Solutions: Body Doubles Can Help

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – December 4, 2023

man lifting his palm, saying high five

If you have ADHD, do you have trouble getting started? Sometimes that looks like procrastination or a lack of motivation. Have you considered a body double? Most of us think of body doubles in terms of stand-ins or stunt actors in movies or on television. I think it’s an valuable concept as a strategy to help those with ADHD. Continue reading “ADHD Solutions: Body Doubles Can Help”

ADHD: Get Ready to Get Ready to Go

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – November 6, 2023

Get ready to get ready to go? How can that concept help manage time for those with ADHD? How can it help them manage transitions? First, we need to understand the concept.

Get ready to get ready to go is a concept that many ADHD coaches use to help their clients. Those with ADHD tend to wait until the very last minute and then they race around, gathering things they need to take with them… keys, shoes, papers, lunch, whatever. The problem with this is that there’s no transition time spent in preparing to go. Continue reading “ADHD: Get Ready to Get Ready to Go”

Why ADHD Tips and Solutions Don’t Work

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – August 28, 2023

ADHD is an issue of self-regulation. As an ADHD and attention coach, I know that many of the tips, tricks, and strategies on the Web don’t typically work for those with ADHD. Often, these tips tell you there is a logic behind using a weakness to overcome a weakness, but this sets you up for failure. And that’s why good ideas or good solutions don’t work in the world of ADHD.

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How to Study with ADHD

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – July 31, 2023

Those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder typically procrastinate when something is unclear. Are you clear on your specific, methodical process of studying? As an ADHD and attention coach, I find that the more you understand your process with specificity, the higher the probability you will study and be successful.

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Hurtful Conversations in ADHD Relationships

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – July 3, 2023

ADHD relationships can spiral out of control and end up in hurtful conversations. Is that an outcome you will really want? How do you stop these interactions that only end up damaging your relationships? Once the damage is done, how do you repair or rebuild the trust? It’s not just by saying you’ll do better or you’ll try harder. You really have to get at the dynamics of the relationship and then work to understand each other. That’s what you need to develop conflict intimacy. Continue reading “Hurtful Conversations in ADHD Relationships”

ADHD Insight: Impact of Distractions on Executive Functioning

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – Published June 5, 2023

What is it like for someone with ADHD when their executive functioning brain is being taxed and becomes a distraction? It’s like starting the task all over again. If you have ADHD, it’s just like rebooting your laptop; you have to reboot your brain. That’s why I’m using a computer as a metaphor to understand what happens when you get distracted while engaged in an activity that requires your executive functioning brain. Continue reading “ADHD Insight: Impact of Distractions on Executive Functioning”

ADHD Tips: Use Your Executive Functioning Brain to Override Impulse

By Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, ACG – May 15, 2023

Dr. Russell Barkley (https://www.russellbarkley.org) likes to think of the ADHD brain as a two-level system, that is, the automatic brain and the executive functioning brain. The use of the executive functioning brain is effortful because it takes great effort to step in and override the automatic brain. Continue reading “ADHD Tips: Use Your Executive Functioning Brain to Override Impulse”