Executive Function Breakdown

How is EF so pivotal to daily activities?

Executive Function skills allow you to navigate life smoothly. They allow you:

  • to self regulate thoughts, emotions and actions

  • to focus attention, even on the mundane

  • to find intrinsic motivation

  • to plan, prioritize and follow through to completion

  • to retain information in sequence

  • to evaluate and adjust behavior to achieve a well defined goal

What are some activities people with developed EF skills can do better?

They can:

  • Estimate the time it will take to complete a task

  • Decide what needs to be done and when

  • Remember items, activities and requirements

  • Rouse themselves to action

  • Initiate and complete assignments on time

  • React or restrain themselves appropriately according to social cues

  • Overcome obstacles and develop resilience

  • Use positive self talk to overturn negative beliefs

  • Navigate life with confidence, calm and compassion

How can you recognize if your EF skills need development?

Perhaps you feel a sense of overwhelm and perpetual stress. Perhaps your self esteem is low because people have accused you of “not trying” or “not caring”. Perhaps you know what you have to do, but you just can’t seem to do it. Perhaps you start many projects but can never seem to finish any. Perhaps you have embarrassed yourself by blurting inappropriate remarks. Perhaps you can rarely be on time and often lose your keys. Perhaps you sometimes find yourself in a funk and just can’t get yourself out of it. Perhaps you spend time in avoidance and procrastination. Perhaps you have the best intentions, but just can’t seem to make it happen.

EF skills can help with all of this. Fortunately, the brain can be trained. Coaching helps you develop these skills over time. There is no reason to suffer when neuroplasticity has been proven.

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