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An Incredible Time to Have ADD – The Decade of Distraction

An Incredible Time to Have ADD – The Decade of Distraction

An Incredible Time to Have ADD - The Decade of DistractionWe are living in the “Decade of Distraction.” For people living with ADD/ADHD, this is an opportunity to use ADD/ADHD to its fullest advantage. Information is heaped upon us in massive amounts from multiple sources. Technology changes at a rapid pace. 10 years ago, the internet was primarily a governmental and educational resource. Today, it is a global phenomenon. We see it in business. We can send a request for medical data to India sitting in the doctor’s office and receive an evaluation within hours. Wish to develop a website? A friend is working with a website developer in Brazil!

Throughout this as people who lean toward creativity and stimulation, learning in our own special way becomes meaningful. I’ve just begun learning how to build websites using Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks with an incredible web designer/developer and instructor, Richard Wood. Why? I wish to be connected in a way that developing and understanding websites from the inside out is essential to me.

For me and many others with ADD/ADHD, we have the ability to assimilate all this information easier than others, I believe, because of our attraction to stimulation. For many people living with ADD/ADHD, multitasking can be seamless. In these situations, can you see how YOUR ADD/ADHD can be an advantage? It has been noted that in the next 15 years, to succeed, one needs to be able to think like a person living with ADD/ADHD.

Where we may thrive in multiple areas of interests and stimulation, people without ADD/ADHD can experience frustration and confusion. They may experience a cacophony of noise. This is a perfect example of how you might take advantage of ADD/ADHD and WIN with ADD/ADHD.

So I leave you with this thought and challenge. Take note of what makes you different and unique. These differences may be your greatest attribute as the Decade of Distraction is upon us.

Learn to appreciate your specific brain wiring. ADD/ADHD can be a gift that requires development of a new skill set that will enhance your abilities. This is worth paying attention to!

I’m a firm believer, the more awareness we all have about ADD/ADHD the more we grow. You are better today by knowing you have ADD/ADHD. As you read my articles I hope you walk away with a new perspective on Adult ADD/ADHD and perhaps a new perspective on yourself.

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How to Overcome Procrastination – Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

How to Overcome Procrastination - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!Procrastination, unfortunately, seems to be connected to laziness, lack of desire or just plain – “there’s always tomorrow.” I have a strong suspicion procrastination is also connected to fear, uncertainty, hopelessness, and feeling alone. At these times, deciding what to do can seem like a huge mountain to climb. You can overcome procrastination by taking some steps to learn the essentials of decision making.

One of my clients can’t make decisions. I didn’t say won’t. I said can’t. Our unique brains when under pressure produce an enzyme that literally blocks our ability to make choices. We affectionately call it, “brain freeze.” Therefore, decision making and prioritizing presents problems which are directly related to procrastination.

Making choices usually entails the many options ADDers have. Job opportunities, new direction, learning to play guitar, get hip-hop dancing lessons, go figure out your sock draw. (I need to separate the blues from the blacks from the browns!) We become overwhelmed by so many choices we get stuck not doing any. The days turn into weeks and the rest. The result: we feel inadequate and maybe lazy.

Why do ADD people have a difficult time making choices? This is in direct proportion to the amount of stress and negative self-talk you are experiencing.

In order to overcome procrastination, you must first know how to make a decision that supports what you want.

In order to make a decision you need to:

  1. Accept that each choice lives and occupies its own world. This world we will call a domain of action.
  2. We now need to empty this vessel called our brain. To this you can write them down, talk to someone else or record into a tape recorder or anyway you can get all these thoughts and action domains out. (Is it paying the bills, getting the kids to school, getting my sock draw in order?)
  3. We are looking at the essence. What is paying bills about? MONEY. Getting kids to school is about FAMILY. Getting my sock draw in order is ORGANIZATION. Many things to do – TIME MANAGEMENT.
  4. Domains can overlap. TIME MANAGEMENT may be connected to MONEY.

To make a choice; to overcome procrastination gather more information. I guarantee you don’t have enough information to make the choice.

To gather information in order to make a choice:

  1. Seek support from those people that accept you as whole and complete; your ADD Coach, friends, family. Do not isolate. Participate. Health is a function of participation.
  2. Ask for help from people who are good in their domain. For MONEY, you might want to speak with an accountant or an organizer or a financial advisor.
  3. Research what might be needed. How much time does it actually take to drive my kids to school? How long does it take me to get the kids ready?
  4. Work backwards from the result you want. In this case, getting my kids to school on time.
  5. Know there are no mistakes; only learning experiences. Albert Einstein learned every time his theory was challenged.
  6. Accept that it takes practice over time. Have fun learning.

Our issues usually have to do with de-cluttering our thoughts. We have so many domains of action working at the same time, we can become overwhelmed. When this happens – collapsing of domains, we suffer, worry, criticize and generally do not feel good about ourselves.

You don’t need to suffer. That’s a promise. This information can assist you to work through your challenges. Your ability to make choices can be a source of your independence and success.

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