It’s been a few weeks since the Succeed with ADHD Telesummit and my mind has finally quieted. All those tips and strategies, plus the energy and excitement of the listeners and speakers, had my brain fired up. I wanted to implement everything at once and make changes in my life right away! All those great ideas buzzing in my head, all the ‘I have to do that’, created such noise that I didn’t know where to start.
Often when there is too much, there’s no clear path on what to do and where to go. So I stepped away and focused on other projects. Then last week, I downloaded the recordings and listened to each of the calls again with the goal of choosing one or two strategies that I can do right now (with the plan of listening to the recordings again in a few months for more ideas).
Here are some of the key points and “ahas” I plan to add in my life right now:
1. Ask myself daily: Is this fun? Is this important? Is this what I’m here on the planet to do? These questions help determine my unique motivational blueprint so I engage mainly in activities that make me happy. (Dr. David Nowell)
2. I will improve my eating habits and exercise. I know that diet directly affects ADHD symptoms (need to cut down on carbs and sugar) and exercise acts as a jumpstart and releases chemicals that regulate the attention center of my brain. (Alan Brown) I will try and remember that exercise is good.
3. Stress management = ADHD management. To manage my time and ADHD, I need to first manage my stress and ‘overwhelm’. In order to decrease my stress I am going to wake up a few minutes early and take a few quiet minutes to plan and review my day. (Jennifer Koretsky)
4. Plan ahead. Before turning on the computer, I will write down what I need to accomplish and how long I want to spend on each task. Then set a timer (in another room) to stay within schedule. (Tara McGillicuddy)
5. Remember that when my behaviours are in line with my beliefs and thoughts, I will be better able to reach my goal. (Kricket Harrison)
6. When I have BIG ideas, instead of getting overwhelmed by how to put them into reality, I can start small. I will think of one piece of the project or one step and do that. Just that. Then when finished, do one more step. And remember, sometimes, good is good enough! (Linda Roggli)
7. To help determine my medication effectiveness, I will track when I take the medications, make a note of symptoms that are improved and take the notes to my prescriber so together we can decide if the medication is working. (Dr. Charles Parker)
8. I will remind myself with pictures of my family, that unconditional love is the most important thing I can give my children- accept who they are, forget who they aren’t, focus on their strengths and interests- so they know they are capable, heard and understood. (Terry Dickson)
9. As I take my business to the next level, I will review the qualities of the Entrepreneurial Brain Style- focusing on my strengths and minimizing my challenges so I can be successful. (Laurie Dupar)
10. Remember, ADHD is complex and no one strategy works for everyone and every symptom. Being open to new ideas and learning from others is a key skill to have if I want to succeed with ADHD. (CoAuthors of 365+1 Ways to Succeed with ADHD)
What did you take away from the telesummit? What was your “aha”? What one or two new strategies or tips are you going to put into use to succeed with ADHD? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.
And don’t forget, the ADHD Success Kit is still available for purchase at http://succeedwithadhdtelesummit.com/ so you can listen to the recordings as often as you’d like and learn something new each time.
Laurie Dupar, Senior Certified ADHD Coach and trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializes in working with clients who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and want to finally understand how their brain works, minimize their challenges and get things done! Through individual/group coaching, live speaking, and her writing, she helps clients and their loved ones use effective strategies to minimize their ADHD challenges so they can experience success. She is the co-author and editor of 365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD, the upcoming 365+1 Ways to Succeed with ADHD and author of Brain Surfing and 31 Other Awesome Qualities of ADHD. For more information, please visit http://www.coachingforadhd.com.