101 ADD Strategies: #25, #26 – Starting an Activity

This executive function is similar to one I discussed earlier, which is called getting focused. Getting focused has to do with directing our attention, whereas this one has to do with directing our actions. For some people the first step is the hardest. Completing a project or assignment might be like jumping off a cliff [...]

0 Comments

101 ADD Strategies: #23, #24 – Organizing

#23 Make It Natural This strategy requires that you observe how your brain works and organize yourself to fit. For example, if you always get out on the right side of your bed, that’s where your slippers should be. Notice where you are when you start looking for your car keys. That may be the [...]

0 Comments

101 ADD Strategies: #21, #22 – Organizing

As planning applies to a project, organizing applies to life. Organizing your time and space can make your life run smoother with less frustration and wasted effort. Being well organized can allow you to get ready for school or work in less time, and get there with completed assignments, deodorized armpits, and matching socks. Being [...]

0 Comments

101 ADD Strategies: #19, #20 – Prioritizing

#19 Ask, “What If I Don’t?” A negative approach to prioritizing can often clarify the matter. Go down your list of tasks and ask yourself, “What if I don’t accomplish this task today?” If no major consequences will befall you, mark it as a low priority. Better yet move it from your to-do list to [...]

0 Comments

101 ADD Strategies: #17, #18 – Prioritizing

Some people are great at making lists. You may be one of them. You may get up in the morning and have no problem writing down all the things you need to do that day, the next day or the entire week. For some people staring at a list automatically triggers thoughts of where to [...]

0 Comments

101 ADD Strategies: #15, #16 – Planning

#15 Ask, “And Then What?” This strategy is the reverse of the work backwards strategy. It is the same concept of ordered chunking, but works forward in the project. Some people struggle with working from the end to the beginning because they have a hard time visualizing the end result. This strategy starts at a [...]

0 Comments

101 ADD Strategies: #13, #14 – Planning

Coming up with a solid, or even a decent plan is challenging for most people. For others it is next to impossible. The ability to focus on a problem, and load into your mind all the data and variables needed to plot out an effective path to a goal, require both attention and working memory. [...]

0 Comments

101 ADD Strategies: #11, #12 – Staying Alert in Boring Situations

#11 Take a Snack Peanut M&Ms come in handy in so many situations. If you prefer gummy bears, they work as well. The object here is twofold. First, you can use them as a reward for paying attention over the last five minutes. The fact that they come in multiple colors can also be leveraged. [...]

0 Comments

101 ADD Strategies: #9, #10 – Staying Alert in Boring Situations

The definition of the word boring is relative. Amazingly, some kids can stay awake and attentive even in a college economics class. Others struggle to pay attention no matter what the topic is. As soon as they have to sit still and not be a kinetic part of an experience, their mind wanders or their [...]

0 Comments

101 ADD Strategies: #7, #8 – Staying Focused

#7 Jot Your Results This strategy introduces you to a form of self-accountability. If you are struggling to stay focused on a book, lecture, or task, get out your pen or pencil. Every few minutes jot down at least one thing you read, heard, or accomplished. If you are alone, you can use a kitchen [...]

0 Comments