Recommended Reading from Mind Coach NOLA: Time Blindness

Continuing on this week's theme of time and procrastination, the article "Are You Time Blind? 12 Ways To Use Every Hour Effectively," at ADDitude Magazine, is probably the best and simplest explanation on time blindness with easy techniques to try out. Rather than trying them all at one, enlist the help of a coach to help figure out what strategies will work best for you, so that you can stick with them and create life long habits.

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Mind Coach NOLA on Setting Priorities

I could never survive without my priorities lists. They keep me on track and help me avoid wasting time on other activities. So how do you make this list in the first place? First of all, are you aware of your goals? Where do you want to go in life? What do you need to do to get there? Where do you want to be this time next month? What do you need to do to get there? Let’s break that down by the week. Take a look at your schedule. What can you realistically accomplish this week to get closer to reaching your goals? These tasks are your priorities…

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Mind Coach NOLA on "Isn't Everyone a Little ADHD?"

A line I often hear is “Well, isn’t everyone a little ADHD?” It’s usually followed by something along the lines of, “I can never remember anything anymore.” Or, “I have trouble keeping track of everyone’s schedules.” Or, “I sometimes lose stuff, too.” Yes, all of that is normal because NOBODY is perfect. And yes, life brings on more challenges as we grow up and get more responsibilities. And it’s hard to keep up with the technology and availability to incessant communication. And as we grow up, we get more stuff, and having more stuff means that it’s hard to keep track of it. And if you had a baby, well, a chunk of your brain flew out with the placenta. Didn’t anyone tell you that?

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Recommended Reading From Mind Coach NOLA: The Ta-Da List

ADDitude Magazine has offered up a cute little solution to "To-Do List Shame," with an article on creating a “Ta-Da” list. For just a little while, forget your to-do list—you know, the one that just keeps getting longer and longer, the one that makes you feel bad. Instead, jot down a ta-da list. Write down everything you DID do. Really—everything. Funny how it’s hard to remember and acknowledge what we did do, and so easy to harp on how awful we are for what we have not yet done. So pat yourself on the back for what you accomplished! Even it was just brushing your teeth and feeding the cat. Hooray! It’s done! Look at you go!

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Recommended Reading From Mind Coach NOLA: Your Teen's Executive Function Skills

ADDitude Magazine's article "10 Ways to Improve Your Teen's Executive Function Skills" is a great place to start, but don’t assume all teens naturally possess executive function skills. While they want mastery and control of their own lives, we also want to foster independence safely. Ultimately, they will be able to create success on their own, but some will need help along the way. How do you provide the structure and scaffolding to support rather than enable your teen?For more ideas, or to start a discussion, call me

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Mind Coach NOLA FAQ: What Can an ADHD or Life Coach Do For You?

What is an ADHD coach? How is an ADHD coach different from a therapist? Why couldn't I just ask a friend to do this for free? ADDitude Magazine's "FAQ About ADHD Coaching" is an excellent summary of what an ADHD coach can do for you. All of these questions apply as well to those interested in coaching even if they haven't been diagnosed with ADHD; some of my clients want help pursuing career goals, writing that book, becoming more organized as they tackle med school, or making healthier decisions in their lives.

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