There’s no better way to get back into something you haven’t been doing for awhile than to simply jump in the saddle. Today, I would like to thank an esteemed colleague – Alan Brown (aka the ADD Crusher) – for taking the reigns with this guest post. There are many reasons I adore Crusher’s voice, but the biggest is his no-BS, tell-it-like-it-is way of getting straight to the heart of ADD matters. Enjoy!
In a recent guest blog on Carol Gignoux’s LiveADHDFree.com, I expounded on a recurring Crusher theme: things we ADDers do every day – wittingly or unwittingly – that make our ADHD worse. I tackled three items:
- Eating Crap (which stultifies our ADD brains)
- Crappy Sleep (which amplifies our ADHD)
- Playing Hide-n-Seek (losing and forgetting stuff)
I have a long list of such items that I regularly write about or teach in the ADD Crusher™ videos, so I thought I’d use this blog to share a few more. Herewith, three MORE things you’re doing every day that make your ADHD worse…
Coined by Dr. Ed Hallowell, it describes the ridiculous amounts of time we spend in front of electronic screens – TVs, laptops, video games, tablets, smartphones. It makes our ADHD worse by stealing precious time, inhibiting healthy sleep and diverting us from doing the stuff we KNOW we should be doing!
Here are three steps to bucking screensucking:
- List all media habits in order of time committed (TV, gaming, Facebooking, etc.).
- Identify ONE media activity you can do less of – or eliminate.
- Assign yourself a new, more productive or enriching activity to take its place.
Take charge of your media life and you’ll start taking charge of your ADHD!
Why can’t we just do what the rest of the world SEEMs to do so easily – just get stuff DONE?! So much of our stress comes from not finishing what we’ve started, in large part because we are so easily pulled away from important tasks – and into titillating, low-priority BS.
We like to think of this as “multitasking”, but research shows that even the best multitaskers, um, totally suck at multitasking.
The trick to staying on task is mentally LABELING important tasks and diversions as follows:
- What I’m Doing Now. Get ENGAGED in an important task by determining forcefully that THIS IS WHAT I’M DOING NOW.
- BS That Is Not What I’m Doing Now. Keep from getting pulled AWAY from that task by labeling things that are “NOT WHAT I’M DOING NOW” as such. Most of the time, it’s BS that is NOT really important (e.g., checking your emails every 10 minutes is BS).
- Important, But Not What I’m Doing Now. IMPORTANT things that are NOT what you’re doing now are harder to dismiss. But you need only dismiss them temporarily — by writing a note so you can come back to it.
Get in the habit of using these labels for thoughts and things, and you’ll start seeing more stuff GET DONE! (Here’s a little ADD Crusher™ video clip on this trick.)
DOING IT ALL YOURSELF
We ADDers spend huge amounts of time trying to do things at which we suck – or just needn’t be doing ourselves. Things that people around us can and will do FOR us – if we are WILLING and ABLE to hand them off.
If you could delegate just two things this week, you’d free up gads of time. Ah, easier said than done. And there are two reasons we suck at delegating – and fortunately a solution for each.
- Can’t give a subordinate a clear roadmap to completion of a task? Then you can’t delegate it. So TAKE THE TIME TO PREPARE GOOD INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE even trying to delegate.
- Delegating means asking something of another person, but we don’t feel entitled, we’re always aiming to please. The solution is to be up front about your inability to do the task well, and compliment the person on her ability to do it better. Makes it a Win-Win.
There ya go. Three more things that, if reduced even modestly, would make your ADHD more manageable. ‘Til next time…
Make sure to check out the third and final part in this series on Alan Brown – ADD Crusher’s – blog HERE!
An executive and entrepreneur, Alan was diagnosed as an adult, but found it difficult to learn coping strategies from books – so he developed his own mess-to-success strategies. The resulting 10 “Ways” comprise the ADD Crusher™ approach — interactive, engaging videos and tools for ADHD adults seeking greater life fulfillment. If this blog post was of even modest interest to you…then you’ll go freakin’ crazy for Alan’s ADD Crusher™ Videos & Tools. Money back, guaranteed.