Today, I'm delighted to share with you the end of my 20 year epic saga of trying to name my work. I've been looking for the "one word" to encapsulate my teaching and coaching work and it is FINALLY HERE!
What is AgiliZen?
Simply put, AgiliZen is the state of being able to RELAX, guilt and pressure-free, confident in yourself that you will get the most important things done.
The invention of AgiLiZen means unconventional, free spirits who are living evolutionary lives now have a name for how we live that is not derogatory, and does not assume that our differences are "deficits."
It is easy to say, easy to remember, and won't get you stigmatized or labeled as "wierd."
If you can't be happy living a "scripted" life...
If you are driven to make a difference in the world...
If you like to make things better and NOT leave well enough alone...
If you like to take on new challenges, explore new ideas, learn and evolve...
You were BORN TO AGILIZE. If you don't have strong self-control and can't easily order yourself around, you are 90% likely to have the natural aptitude for agilizing.
I get questions like this in my email every day and can't possibly respond to all of them individually, so I thought I'd share this post with you and my response in hopes that it might help you figure out where to start too.
Reading your articles is like reading about myself, except that I work in a classroom instead of the corporate world, and I have been a single parent since my daughter was born 17 years ago. I've gone through all the same thoughts about being disorganized, have sought help in several ways, but I have yet to find anything that truly works with me.
If you tend to lose track of time like I do, timers are an aswesome strategy. But you have to remember to set them. With this tool...you just set up the interval and it goes off regularly for as long you want! Plus you can set up more than one interval and more than one sound.
It's called a "mindfulness bell'. The timer is really meant to chime to stop and take deep breaths, but you can set it to chime every 15 minutes or hour or whatever.
It works on your computer so
There is nothing you have to do or buy.
No equipment taking up your desk space.
Just set up a book mark on your Quick Links bar and CLICK.
If you have a laptop, it travels with you! No need to remember to pack a timer.
This is a clip of a portion of the screen. Could it be any simpler? : )
I'm in love with this as a supplement to the 8+ timers I have all over my home : ) It helps me be more mindful of the time that is passing while I am on the computer or on the phone. Hope it is useful to you, too.
The power of Quantum Productivity is all about the smallest thing you could do to turn "drains into gains." So let's start with the idea of 2 minutes. Two minutes is a lot longer than most people realize...and it's much easier to wrap your brain around in every way.
For me, thinking small is my secret power weapon for outsmarting procrastination. I use it every day to help me get started doing all kinds of stuff I tend to procrastinate about.
For example: If I'm resisting taking a walk, or making breakfast, or answering email, or whatever. I say things to myself like:
"okay...try it for 1 or 2 minutes - then you can stop if you can't really get into it."
P.S. For me, it's really important to include the permission to stop part.
Once the pressure is off, I truly don't mind doing things as much. It's like my resistance just melts. Kinda like when a guy takes you out on a date and stops pressuring you for the kiss, right? Once the pressure is off, you get more in the mood. hmmm...think about that. : )
I may be a freak, but it really works for me and for most people who like me tend to put too much pressure on ourselves and then shut down. : )
With the pressure off, I usually do more than I intended and then feel better about myself in many ways. Doing MORE instead of less than I intended to actually gets me more energized, feeling more optimistic, and then I'm ready to tackle even more challenging tasks.
So yes. I'm going to stand up to all those people who tell you to do the challenging stuff first and offer another way to look at things. I'm not saying they are wrong, but it's only one possible strategy. It may work for them, but it never works for me. So there. I'm sticking to doing the easy, small stuff first and giving myself permission to do just a little. : )
I've had personal trainers tell me it's not good enough to walk for just two- five minutes a day. I just ignore them, honestly. Cuz, at least by doing 5 minutes a day, I
got in the habit of really liking to go for walks.
AND I also feel more energetic
AND I can walk a LOT faster now
AND I can go further in that 5 minutes than I ever used to.
To me...that's plenty good enough for me to feel good about myself and I'm NOT gonna let them or anyone else minimize what an accomplishment and personal victory it was for me to even do those 5 minutes!
Here are some other things you can do with the power of thinking small...or with just 2 minutes.
Pay just 2 of the bills in that growing pile.
File 5 - 10 papers or more? How many can you file in 2 minutes? Hmmm..I dare you to find out!
Clean out just one section of your wallet
Clean only the toilet instead of the whole bathroom - could you do it less than 2 minutes?
Answer just 5 emails - or take just 2 minutes to answer as many emails as you can.
BONUS TIP: Set up a timer to notice how long it really takes to answer each email. Start noticing what kinds of emails tend to take longer...what the pattern? How could you create a "template" that would help you speed up your responses to those types of email?
What could you do today with just 2 minutes to change course and make a difference - in not only your productivity - but in how you feel about yourself and your "little dones"?
I gave an 8 hour Video Webinar Workshop for clients only in March on
"Designed to Change: How to put the FUN back in Functional!"
UPDATE: June 3, 2011
Many of you have indicated interest in this program, and I'm thinking about rebroadcasting the "best of" LIVE over 3 weeks via a "TV" channel and Q & A sessions. If you are interested in getting a free taste of this program and getting more info about this innovative learning adventure, let me know by commenting below! Thank you!
I'm so excited about how this video webinar produced results for the 12 participants that I'm experimenting with unique ways to edit and share the best of this program with people in other ways including self-study with live group follow-ups and even live rebroadcast so we can all watch together and interact while watching.
In the meantime, I would love your feedback on one tiny piece of the program - My new model of a more creative approach to organizing for people with unpredictable frequently changing lives.
(That means ALL of us! LOL)
There are several more photo clips posted in my Facebook Album Please click Like or leave a comment to let me know what you think : )
If you were inspired and had a customized game plan, would more of your potential be realized?
This is a question that myself and many of my fellow "thought partner" performance coaches help our clients think through and strategize every day.
The truth is that managing life as a gifted, ADD or highly creative neurodiverse person is not just about "executive control" functioning. It is a performance development and facilitation challenge.
When you have a high-speed, highly sensitive, idea spewing brain like mine, getting things done is not a controllable process. It's one that needs to be facilitated and agilized.
It's never enough to just decide to do something.
It's never enough to tell yourself to "just do it."
Human performance is complex. It's a recipe of ingredients that all must be in place before you can "take action" and bring an idea, intention and dream to life. Being a gifted, ADD, highly creative or otherwise neurodiverse person means we need more "fuel" and "conscious preparation" to get things done than the average person. Think of like having to pay a "gift tax" : )
We don't have a whole of control over our attention and performance, but we can facilitate both our attention and performance once we understand the "recipe" for agilizing the way we get things done.
Here's a few of the required "ingredients" that must be present to initiate every action or activity you perform.
You have decided WHAT to do (many of us creatives get stuck here)
You have INSPIRATION
- A clear "PURPOSE" for doing it. - You understand what NEED will be fulfilled by doing it. - A strong compelling interest in either the doing of it or in the impact of doing it (You care)
You are both willing and able to say NO to all the other needs competing for your attention long enough to do it. (Focus + Strong Emotional Drive)
You have a "MENTAL MODEL"for doing it.
- You know HOW to do it. (Skill) - You feel CONFIDENT that you can do it without overwhelming difficulty. (Belief) - You have the resources needed (Physical, Energy, Emotional, Cognitive, Time, etc.) - You trust in your own resourcefulness to clear obstacles and acquire resources (Belief) - You anticipate / expect a reward or positive outcome - either immediate or in the future. (Value) - You have patience with and tolerance for the process to move forward slowly - one little step at a time
You have a strategy or "GAME PLAN" for getting it done in spite of the obstacles you may encounter along the way.
When you're stuck or distracted, it means you are "not ready" to get into action. The issue usually lies somewhere in the above recipe or in one of the 10 Mantras of AgiliZen.
I'm about to bring up some controversial topics, challenge some ideas, and share some deeply personal stuff, too. You might want to grab some tissues in case you start to cry like I did writing this. Forgive me any typos. This was not easy for me to write.
I recently became keenly aware that all of my clients are exceptionally "gifted" and talented in some way - for example, intelligence, sensory sensitivity, pattern recognition, music, creativity, inventiveness, improvisational aptitude, writing, singing, and more. Almost all of them were singled out in school as having exceptional potential and abilities. They are outliers. They are not average. They are neurodiverse.
In the world of ADD there is a lot of debate about whether or not ADHD is a "gift" or a "defect" or a "disorder."
What if it is not a "yes" or "no" question? What if people who are gifted just happen to share a lot of the same traits as people who are ADHD?
The answer may be more like this: a lot of people with ADD also happen to be intellectually gifted and/or exceptionally talented in one or more of the Multiple Intelligences described by Harvard Psychologist Howard Gardner.
Or perhaps the real answer is that people who are gifted are also often diagnosed or mis-diagnosed as having ADHD and at least 2 or more other "disorders" as well. Sadly, it is a FACT that the majority of gifted adults also have multiple diagnoses.
In the worlds of neurodiversity, ADHD and Giftedness, there is a growing community of researchers noticing that there is a set of traits that are commonly grouped together in various configurations - some of which are labeled "disorders" and some of which are called personality traits, types or styles. In other words, people with any of these labels have a LOT in common even though they are also different.
ADD / ADHD
xNxP Personality Types
Highly Task Oriented
"Addicted to Insight" (Refers to people who can't stop learning, seeking discovering. I first read about this in a paper by researcher Chris Brown. Not an easy read, but I actually burst into tears when I understood what he was saying. Talk about feeling like someone managed to get inside your brain and understand you better than you understood yourself. Blew me away for days. In fact I was inspired to start an experimental blog just to explore this concept further: Addicted to Insight)
People with any one of these labels are HIGHLY likely to also have 3 or more or even ALL of these labels!
Many of the people diagnosed are ALSO highly functional and quite capable of contributing to society. A few years ago, I wrote about the nearly 100% overlap in ADHD and creative personality type here. And now, I've found a body of research on the traits of "gifted" people that, you guessed it, also has significant overlap with ADHD traits.
This latest research is adding even more depth and validation to the work I've been doing teaching deep self-acceptance, emotional literacy and emotional processing skills (I don't like the words "regulation" or "mastery" applied to emotions,) such as: self-encouraging, comforting, and motivating; coping skills, meta-cognitive skills and more. (without using jargon like that of course) I didn't start out as a coach intending to teach these skills, but it quickly became clear that like myself, gifted people with ADDish traits need to learn emotional literacy skills as a prerequisite to self-acceptance, making peace with themselves and designing their own unique organizing and productivity systems that work for them.
Developing emotional skills are foundational - a necessary part of learning to "value" and "enjoy" organizing enough to actually spend time doing it. This is not traditional therapy, I suppose you could call it "educational" therapy.
What I've learned in my work is that most of the "dysfunction" and "disorganization" in the lives of people with neurodiverse traits is not actually caused by the physical aspects of their neurodiversity. The dysfunction is a result of contextual factors that include:
1) being emotionally traumatized by growing up DIFFERENT and not being respected. Constantly feeling misunderstood. Constantly "corrected". Constantly "invalidated" and called "too intense" "too emotional" "too distracted" "too sensitive" "too perfectionist" TOO EVERYTHING.
2) over attachment to external things as a result of relationship traumas such as abuse, neglect, loss or death of significant others, abandonment, invalidation of emotional needs, consistently not being listened to and not having one's emotional needs met in relationships with authority or parental figures
3) repeatedly trying but not being able to follow other people's instructions, organizing systems, and approaches to doing things like cleaning or homework because they don't fit the way we think, believe, or function. For example, many of my clients were repeatedly and sometimes brutally punished for organization difficulties like not cleaning room, losing homework, being late, daydreaming etc.because they truly were not able to follow the instructions given.
4) Not having access to the kind of learning needed to "learn" to enjoy doing something you do not inherently find enjoyable, interesting, or intriguing. Like learning how to find the intriguing elements in getting potentially boring stuff done.
But I digress, back to what causes "gifted" people to commonly receive all those diagnoses and labels. Growing up different is really hard. It's hard on the people around us as well. They have no idea what to do with us. Sometimes (okay, often) they lash out at us, get frustrated with us, and avoid us.
They may treasure our strengths and promote us, etc., but not without frequently pointing out what they feel makes us "difficult" for them. Like the fact that we "challenge" a lot of mainstream values, rules and ideas. Or are late, or don't follow instructions without asking questions. We don't (can't) conform without feeling a bit like we are dying inside. Our emotional and motivational needs are very different, even opposite, from the norm.
The difference between "happy" and "miserable" for "gifted" people is often a matter of whether or not they were accepted -- allowed to be different without being negatively labeled. What kind of schools they went too make a big difference too. Of course, whether or not they were abused or grew up with addicts, or took on the family role of "responsible" one is also a big part of it.
So here's an interesting thing. Many "gifted" people would rather be called ADHD than be called "gifted!" Myself included.
I rejected that label as a teenager because I didn't want to be singled out that way. I refused to be placed in an academy for "gifted" kids because I could not stomach the "elitist" attitudes that came with the crowd of people who LIKE being called gifted.
So instead I was put in a foster home (this is another long story I'm not going to tell here) and dropped out of high school. By dropping out, I was lucky enough to be offered to attend an "alternative" high school in Brockton, Mass in 1974.
Those were the glory days of education. The year I spent there changed my life. I was allowed to participate democratically in my own education. I got to choose my classes, define my own homework assignments and projects and basically be treated with respect for the first time in all my years of school. (I also was allowed to configure a "custom" Master's Degree combining business, education, and technology, but that's another story.)
Still, I rejected the idea of being gifted. The whole notion of that word still makes my skin crawl and makes me feel kinda, I don't know - slimy? arrogant?
Well, imagine my shock at finding out that many other people feel the EXACT same way I do. AND, many of them have the same traits and similar history - growing up poor, growing up with abuse, addictions, depression, highly creative, high technical aptitude and/or intelligence, achieving a lot - but feeling like an underachiever anyway.
Our sense of self-worth was so distorted we could not truly value our talents - our flaws cancelled them out, right?
Kinda like a math problem. 1 (smart) - 1 (inconsistent) - 1
(talks too much) - 1 (doesn't follow the rules) = a Big Less than Zero
It so easy to make us feel unworthy, isn't it?
Is it any wonder one of the best predictors for LOW financial achievement is high intelligence?
Here is an excerpt from an article which describes the impact (damage) that denying your "giftedness" can have on the way you develop socially and emotionally. It also defines 5 characteristics of people with "extra" intelligence. [My notes are in brackets]
eXtra intelligence (Xi) is marked by five characteristics, as follows:
Intellectually able: grasps complicated issues relatively easily, takes leaps in the thinking process, has a low tolerance for stupidities, and may become careless when asked to do simple tasks.
[Sounds like ADD to me, difficulties performing daily boring routines and tasks: Check!]
Incurably inquisitive: always curious about what’s beyond the horizon, fascinated as long as something is new, easily pursuing manifold interests. Has a low tolerance for boredom and may be slow in bringing an already-solved problem to a conclusion.
[High need for Novelty, easily bored: Check! Plus, as I've written about before we have a tendency to write things on To Do lists and then "feel like" they are already done. We did it in our heads so now it "feels" complete. Check!]
Need for autonomy: Can work on one’s own and prefers to schedule tasks oneself. Will respond aversely to absolute power and formalities, and react allergically to bosses or others who exercise tight control. Will utilize fight or flight when autonomy is threatened.
[Check, check, check!!]
Excessive zeal in pursuit of interests: Can be inexhaustible and keyed-up as long as a problem is interesting and still unsolved. But will drop it readily when the specific curiosity has been satisfied. Can put too much energy into the wrong projects. Does not like others to perform according to low standards.
[Can you say hyperactive brain, hyperfocusing, then dropping that project like a hot potato when the research phase is done and the novelty becomes routine? Goes well with the "addicted to insight" theory.]
Emotionally insecure, intellectually self-confident: Knows in the head that he or she is right, but fears in the stomach that he or she will not win the case. This can easily lead to perfectionism, fear of failing, or escalating know-it-all-ness and arrogance to mask the uncertainty. Is vulnerable to a stupid or blunt display of power.
Citation: Originally published in Advanced Development: A Journal On Adult Giftedness, Volume11, 2007, pp 9-25. Reprinted with permission.
Author: Willem Kuipers
Maybe someday, we'll find words to describe ourselves using words that are more neutral than either "gifted" or "disordered." I happen to love the term neurodiverse. Seems like the most accurate, and does not have all the uncomfortable connotations of "gifted" or "ADD"
If you suspect you might be "neurodiverse" or have ADD or that you might be a "gifted" person who isn't living up their potential, you will find some fascinating articles I strongly recommend on a website called "SENG" here: http://sengifted.org/articles_adults/index.shtml
Having ADHD is like having a high speed, non-linear, digitally wired brain that processes information differently from most people. Our brains don't have the natural wiring needed to tolerate using organizing and productivity systems that rely on following repetitive, machine-like processes or scheduled routines.
People with ADHD simply do not think or work like machines. The good news is that you do NOT have to function like a machine in order to feel confident that the essentials of life will get done. There are many ways to get things done that ARE compatible with ADHD!
What you need is a whole different kind of Owner's Manual for your brain. One that *fits* with the way your brain naturally works.
Quantum Productivity for ADHD is not a *system* you *follow.* It is a simple yet radically different framework of principles, strategies and practical tools that help you harness the power of the way your brain works to solve your unique productivity challenges.
You don’t have to change who you are – just learn how to “drive” the brain you have. With "Quantum Productivity", you will develop a strategic foundation for winning the game of productivity – YOUR WAY.
This free teleseminar will provide you with
A greater understanding of why conventional approaches to productivity and organizing don’t work for ADHD.
Several strategies that adults with ADHD can start using immediately to *strategize* commitments and get things done without having to change who you are.
I've been asked that question a lot lately. Here's my take on that.
I went through a phase after being diagnosed with ADHD of trying to get people to understand what ADHD was and how it explained so much of my whole life story.
I didn't take too long of getting lots of mixed reactions to discover this one truth.
People don't want to understand ADHD - they want to understand YOU.
I figured out it was much better for all relationships to learn how to communicate what you NEED in specific terms rather than to try to get people to understand ADHD. Even a lot of doctors simply don't get ADHD and they don't want to take the time to understand. People just don't want to learn all the details about every condition people have. Better to withhold trying to explain and only share that with people who ask about it.
The more I've learned about ADD, the more I wonder if it's really a "disorder" or if it's a different kind of brain. One that is uniquely designed to excel at creativity and improvisation - not planning, scheduling and following routines. People with ADHD who are "high functioning" seem to have one major thing in common. Careers that play to their creative strengths and provide validation and fulfillment of their needs on many levels, financially, emotionally, and mentally - some even spiritually.
This updated article is dedicated to my fellow "addventurers" in life. : )
"What Should I Do With My Life?"
I was inspired to write this article by a client with ADD who is in the process of changing careers - again. Most of us, ADD or not, believe it is important to do work you really love. Yet many us experience great difficulty figuring out how to do this. The journey can be excruciatingly painful - especially when we feel we have to settle for work "we know we can get" just so that we can make a living. The longer we are in jobs like that, the harder it is to get out.
So many people are in jobs that they feel are eating them alive...and yet they stay. Partly because they feel that people will think they are unstable or unreliable if they keep changing jobs. Others are just afraid they that if they found a new job, it would be worse than the one they have now. Or maybe they would lose insurance, or they would never be able to get what they are being paid now.
And then there are those of us who relentlessly pursue the "What Should I Do With My Life?" question. We are looking for our "calling" - the experience of having work that doesn't feel like work because we love it so much.
Join us this September 12th – 18th for the ADHD Awareness Expo - a series of presentations, live chats, Q&A, and demonstrations. You’ll hear directly from the professionals and organizations who are working everyday to support YOU.
This has been one of the most popular posts on this blog since I first published it a few years ago...I thought it worth updating and sharing with my new subscribers. This has been a very busy summer as I've been coaching full-time and working on a new book when I wasn't tending to our very first vegetable garden (we grew squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, basil, and spearmint for the very first time ever!) or dealing with all the unexpected distractions of life - like multiple car breakdowns, having to have a tooth pulled, or getting systemic poison ivy. So, I haven't been able to post as much as I'd hoped, or accomplish as much as I'd hoped, but that's one of the things I enjoy about "inspiration-based" vs. scheduled blogging...there are no deadlines! : )
Many ADHD traits are actually the same as those of people with "creative personality types" as described in the MBTI. Having a creative personality type doesn't mean you are an "artist" necessarily, though you may be. It's broader than that. Creative personality types include people who love to explore, take risks, try new things, solve problems, research and continuously learn new things. They tend to get bored with anything that is too repetitive or that stays the same for too long. They thrive on growth, change and yes, novelty. After all, growth and change implies novelty. Something new the person is experience or is now capable of. Growth is what separates us from machines. Creative people "need" change and growth more than they need "stability" and security.
I frequently wonder how my creative personality type (According to the MBTI I'm an ENTP) and ADHD are connected because when you compare the traits of both, it's striking how similar they are. The main differences seem to be in the degree, frequency, and impact these "traits" have on our lives. Both ADHD and the Creative Personality Types share many characteristics.
Below is a list of ADD traits that I've culled from reading ADD books.
Are you surprised that this is actually one of the most effective strategies to help you Overcome Perfectionism? It's true!
In the midst of pressure and stress, or when we make mistakes, or forget something important, it's all too easy to berate and criticize ourselves. How can you focus on your strengths, get things done, and expect others to treat you with respect if you are constantly beating yourself up?
When you constantly criticize yourself without compassion and forgiveness, you are literally training others that's its okay for them to criticize you and not be compassionate.
If you can't be kind and patient with yourself, how can you be truly be kind and patient with others?
Kalstolyn, a college student shares her reality of ADD.
ADHD is real. As you listen, notice the painful awareness and how acutely she realizes that she is so differenct. Notice the impact of what it's like to have people constantly say things like.
"All you have to do is...." or "Why can't you just...?"
Imagine being diabetic and having someone say, "Why can't you just produce more insulin yourself?
Well, we can't "just produce" the brain chemicals we need either. We can only influence.
As you watch, note that her views on ADD medication are her experience...she is right that people without ADD respond to ADD meds differently but just for the record, people with ADD also have a variety of responses. Medication is also not a CURE. It doesn't make you suddenly like every one else...it just makes it a wee bit easier to manage the ADD.
There are several types of ADD and what she describe is the Hyperactive type ...not everyone develops Anorexic symptoms like she describes...and there is another type of ADD which is very quiet called Inattentive.
With that in mind...Everyone who has ADD or knows someone who does will benefit from listening to her description of ADD is for her. I cried while listening...it reminded me of when I was college and what it was like for me. I"m going to stop now to pull myself together...but please...do listen if you can.
And to Kalstolyn - Thank you so much for sharing your story and experience so that other's could learn. I know how embarrassing it feels to admit the simple things that are hard for us...but you have NOTHING to be ashamed of and MANY wonderful qualities to focus on!
This question was asked by several participants in my latest program on "Embracing the Power of Good Enough". It really got me thinking.... This question gets to the very heart of life! It sure is relevant to my life right now. Maybe yours too?
I've been rethinking a lot of my needs and wants, lately. Like this blog, for example.
How do I want to express myself with it?
What purpose do I want it to serve for me and my tribe?
How do I want to share my point of view? In small, realtime chunks like Twitter? or with well thought out inspirational and educational articles? Do I want to be more transparent and share my thought processes about my work and about my own life with ADHD and a hyperactive creative brain?
One thing for sure, I want to reflect on and write more about all aspects of life with ADD. In my coaching, I help people with all areas of life...so why aren't I talking about all of them on this blog?
I've been quiet for the past month but I've been a very busy girl! I've had a very full client workload, plus teaching and group coaching, plus my book is now finally AVAILABLE on Amazon.com! (By the way, what a LOT of work to make that happen! I was really surprised by the hoops I had go through.)
I am so thrilled that I just had to share some amazing news with you --- to my astonishment it sold out over the weekend! I'm now busy making sure it gets restocked ASAP!
I was also totally blown away by the outpouring of support from colleagues, fans and clients who have taken the time to post reviews that literally brought me to tears. People often say thank you etc., but taking the time to actually write about it and post it in public is just beyond supportive and inspirational to me. There just aren't words to describe how I feel right now! It makes the thousand + hours I put into creating the book over several years all worthwhile.
Thank you all from the depths of my heart. I will remember your support for a long time to come...and when you need me, I'll be there for you, too!
Here's the link to check out the reviews. And if you have read the book, would love to get your review too! My goal is to get at least 50 reviews...there is no more powerful way to market the book than for readers to express their appreciation.
p.s. The book doesn't say it outright, but it was definitely written for ADDers and creative personality types. After all, what works for us works for anyone! Who doesn't like SIMPLE, FAST and EASY ways to organize? : )
If you are looking for a simple, intuitive way to organize not only your office, but your LIFE; look no further. This is the ultimate guide to organizing with purpose. Something I didn't expect was how ...
"...Ritalin, like anti-depressants, appears to encourage not just an enhanced ability to focus, but an increase in brain growth, learning ability and plasticity." **
Please note that this is only one aspect of the latest findings in neuroscience research. It does mean that there aren't other significant and potentially harmful side affects - particularly for children. Also, there are non-pharmaceutical ways to stimulate brain growth and plasticity including exercise, certain kinds of games, meditation, mindfulness work, possiblyneurofeedback, and probably many more yet to be discovered ways.
**Source: Bill O’Hanlon wrote about the latest research on Ritalin on Ruth Buczynski's blog. He was also a speaker in NICABM’s learning series on brain plasticity and depression. Read the Full Article by Bill O'Hanlon here: http://www.nicabm.com/nicabmblog/?p=722#
Getting ready for our Getting Unstuck group coaching session today. We'll be talking about "Getting Back on Track" after a lapse in a routine...like not exercising for a while, or not eating healthy, or not organizing, or letting clutter build up, etc.
One of my favorite strategies is:
"Take some action in the direction you want to go - no matter how small it is - and give yourself credit for starting!"