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3 Tips to Channel ADHD Hyperfocus Instead of Playing with Your iPhone

There is a switch in our mind, sometimes cobweb covered and stiff with disuse, but it is clearly labeled MOTIVATION. Once we flick it into action, nothing can stop the ADHD adult with a purpose. We come on like an 18-wheeler charging down a mountainside without brakes.

3 Tips to Channel ADHD Hyperfocus Instead of Playing with Your iPhone

Last week I wrote about how embarrassment can trigger ADHD clarity. I also wrote about how trauma can cause the same reaction. These shocks to our system can lift most of us into a higher state of awareness. This is one major reason why many folks who experience a close call with death often experience life-changing adjustments in attitude and purpose. Think of how lucky you are to have ADHD. You can experience this clarity of purpose almost weekly as you blunder about your life being embarrassed by your boneheaded actions.

But how long does the hyperfocus last for you? Are you able to utilize it to move your life and projects forward, or is it just another strong emotion you experience then instantly forget as you

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ADHD: Of Mousse and Men

ADHD: Of Mousse and Men

Sometimes when life gets crazy and your ADHD mind seems determined to make the worst of your day, finding the humor in the situation is the only remedy you have left to keeping your spirits high.

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ADHD and Intensity – 6 Tips for Damage Control

Being in the presence of an ADHD solution supernova tends to burn people. Obviously, it is better to not let your intensity get away from you, but sometimes you aren’t even aware it is happening. This is why it’s important to train yourself to put out fires afterwards. Yes, you may have saved the day, but at what cost? Try these tips to see if you can salvage relationships from the fire:

ADHD and Intensity – 6 Tips for Damage Control

One aspect of ADHD in adults that is hard for the non-ADHD to cope with is our intensity. This can be very off-putting for them—like “I think I’d rather walk from Salt Lake to Boston than drive with you” levels of off-puttingnessiveness. What’s an ADHD adult to do?

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ADHD Q&A: How Does Love Survive the Onslaught of ADHD?

“It didn’t matter to me that you had it, it was just who you were.” ADHD can be hard on a relationship, but love truly does conquer all.

ADHD Q&A: How Does Love Survive the Onslaught of ADHD?

Last month, Reader Wilda wrote about adult ADHD and relationships: “What advice do you have for those who are dating those with this illness (AD/HD), and how do they become husband and wife, knowing what they are getting into?”

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3 ADHD Upsides to Fight Insecurity

We make the stupidest mistakes in loud and humiliating ways. Who could be surprised that ADHD leads to insecurity? Although I didn’t dispute it, I also thought that ADHD had been responsible for helping me overcome insecurity as well. How?

3 ADHD Upsides to Fight Insecurity

I was reading about ADHD symptoms the other day (because I apparently have no life) and thought how negative the list was overall. So much effort is spent on ADHD because of how dysfunctional it makes us when we try to fit into society. Take the criteria that ADHD gives adults a sense of insecurity. We make the stupidest mistakes in loud and humiliating ways. Who could be surprised that ADHD leads to insecurity? Although I didn’t dispute it, I also thought that ADHD had been responsible for helping me overcome insecurity as well. How?

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7 Steps to Inbox Zero for the ADHD Mind

Email can become confusing and overwhelming for the adult with ADHD. So many distractions and noise—a veritable Pandora’s Box. Today I discuss my system to get on top of the inbox.

7 Steps to Inbox Zero for the ADHD Mind

If you are like me, your ADHD affects how you manage email. There’s just so much of it. Email can become confusing and overwhelming in a hurry. Spam, shared links, final warnings from the electric company. Often, my email account is my own personal Pandora’s Box. Today, I discuss my system to get on top of the inbox without simply deleting it all.

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An ADHD Attribute I Love and Cherish

Is it true that adults with ADHD experience a frequent search for high stimulation? Could there be any truth to such an outlandish claim?

An ADHD Attribute I Love and Cherish

Is it true that adults with ADHD experience a frequent search for high stimulation? Could there be any truth to such an outlandish claim?

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Hyper Motivated to Succeed

Once again high motivation proved to be instrumental in transforming my life. I’ve since used this technique with success in other areas. I cut through the ADHD distractions, prune them down to a few cherished activities, then go forward with hyper focus engaged, determined to see my goal to the end.

Hyper Motivated to Succeed

If you start to notice that you’re doing something wrong with your life, but you don’t have a clear idea how to fix it, discouragement can usually settle in. Unless you work in Hollywood. Then you can market your dysfunction for a life on Easy Street. That’s what I found happened to me seventeen years ago. Not the Hollywood bit. I refer to knowing something was wrong, but not knowing how to fix it. Although I do sort of market my dysfunction on the web, too, I’d hardly call my current life Easy Street. It’s more like Detour Blvd. with lots of bills and no discretionary income.

But I digress.

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How to Work With Your ADHD On Projects

If you are like me then you collect projects like Rachel Ray collects recipes. Unlike Rachel Ray, however, I used to try to do them all at the same time—a veritable smorgasbord of delights with no main theme to my life. Then I figured something out: I wasn’t a very good chef.

How to Work With Your ADHD On Projects

If you are like me then you collect projects like Rachel Ray collects recipes. Unlike Rachel Ray, however, I used to try to do them all at the same time—a veritable smorgasbord of delights with no main theme to my life. Then I figured something out: I wasn’t a very good chef.

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Your Mind Is an ADHD Comet. Take It For a Ride.

No process better defines the “Oooh, shiny!” moment more than the ADHD tendency to stop one project to begin another at the drop of a hat. This week I want to talk about a similar tendency: collecting projects like shelves collect dust.

Your Mind Is an ADHD Comet. Take It For a Ride.

No process better defines the “Oooh, shiny!” moment more than the ADHD tendency to stop one project to begin another at the drop of a hat. This week, I want to talk about a similar tendency: collecting projects like shelves collect dust.

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