Not everyday is going to be an ultra productive day. As I fought through this afternoon, I found myself worrying about not getting enough accomplished; and that what I was accomplishing might not be the most important. Thank you ADHD, but I kept moving forward, doing things a little bit at a time, and taking a break when and if I needed one.
Then it dawned on me, that just by sitting down and working on something caused this to actually be a productive day. I marked things off my to-do list and started to feel better about my day.
That’s when I realized that I was being productive, and that every day does not have to be a “perfect day” for me to feel good about it, and myself.
So rejoice in your ability to just move forward and give yourself the compassion that you always give to everyone else.
I ran across these statements when I was reading an article on the Psychcentral.com website “Realize That Motivation is Needless” and “Do it Because You Can” are great ways to get past the ADHD boundary of starting a task.
Do something because you “can”, not because you have to; so many times it is the getting started that causes my issue. But once I start I can keep going. So drop the feeling of “life says I have to do this” and just do it because you can.
See the full article at [Psychcentral]
When I make the effort, and it can be an effort, to get myself to the gym and exercise for just 30 minutes, it makes a tremendous difference in my attitude and my ability to get things done.
I have found that exercising in the morning works best for me, but find a time that works best for you. Afternoons have always been my most productive time, so doing some cardio exercises in the morning helps give me more focus in the afternoon.
According to WebMD, when you exercise, your brain releases chemicals called neurotransmitters, including dopamine, which helps with attention and clear thinking. People with ADHD often have less dopamine then usual in their brain.
Fitness can have the following benefits for adults with ADHD:
Are you always late to work? Are you so distractible that you have trouble completing projects on time, or do you get bogged down for hours on some minor task? Maybe you can't find your phone under the mountain of paperwork on your desk.
From time to time, everyone confronts such things on the job and could use a little career advice. But for adults with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD), staying on top of details at work is an endless struggle — one that brings conflict with managers, missed promotions, and a stalled career.
On average, studies suggest, college graduates with ADD earn $4,300 less per year than their peers who don't have ADD. People with ADD change jobs frequently — often impulsively — and are more likely to be fired, to miss work, and to have troubled relationships with co-workers. It doesn't have to be that way: Adults with ADD frequently excel in the workplace, once they adapt to their disability and develop coping skills.
More at [ADDitude]
The symptoms of ADHD create special challenges for the adult in the workplace, just as they do for the child in school. To date, very little research has been conducted that provides adults with ADHD empirically-based approaches to understanding and coping with workplace issues. Until scientifically-based guidelines are available, it may prove useful to follow the procedures commonly used by career counselors to guide individuals in selecting a job and coping with ADHD on the job. This sheet will:
books on the reference list.
Learn more at [National Resource Center on ADHD]
Executive Function (EF) refers to brain functions that activate, organize, integrate and manage other functions. It enables individuals to account for short and long term consequences of their actions and to plan for those results. It also allows individuals to make real time evaluations of their actions, and make necessary adjustments if those actions are not achieving the desired result.
There are differing models of executive function put forth by different researchers, but the above statements cover the basics that are common to most. Two of the major ADHD researchers involved in studying EF are Russell Barkley, PhD, and Tom Brown, PhD.
See how Barkley and Brown break down EF [National Resource Center on ADHD]
I found this excerpt and just wanted to share.
I need to remember what it says!
Everybody makes mistakes at one time or another, it’s a fact of life. And if you think about it, why should you expect anything different? Where is that written contract you signed before birth promising that you’d never fail, and that your life would go absolutely the way you want it to?
Uh, excuse me. There must be some error.
I signed up for the “everything will go swimmingly until the day I die” plan.
Can I speak to the management?
It’s absurd, and yet most of us act as if something has gone terribly awry when we fall down or life takes an unwanted or unexpected turn.
-----Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind
For each new commitment you make, give up an old one. If you agree to coach your child’s little league team, give up the school fund-raising committee. ADDers tend to spread themselves too thin, which leads to our old friend, the overwhelmed feeling.
ADDers can spend days agonizing over descisions that others make in minutes. Speed the process by setting a time frame or a time budget cap. If you're choosing a new mattress, for example, set a deadline, and make the best choice you can by that date. If you're deciding which new cell phone to buy, pick a price cap and ignore more costly phones.
Always identify the most important factor to consider in making any descision, whether it's price, convenience, aesthetics, practicality, or something else. Focus solely on that factor when considering your decision.