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What CAN You Do?

We all experience unfortunate situations that throw a big old wrench in our plans.  For me recently, the wrench was a power outage on a Friday morning.   Whatever its nature, the wrench is almost guaranteed to create internal dialogue like mine when the power went out at 8AM:      “Ugh!  How am I […]

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Do You Need a Productivity Break?

I’ve written before about paying attention to your productivity time preferences, and how knowing when you’re most productive and using those hours for your most important work can yield increased productivity.  But sometimes, even though we’ve factored in our time preferences, we still find ourselves in need of a productivity boost.  That happened to me this morning. […]

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What are Your Productivity Time Preferences?

When do you do your best thinking?  Your most productive thinking?  The thinking that yields the most AH-HA!!! moments? When do you have the most energy?  When are you most ready to take on the world?  Morning, afternoon, evening, or after everyone else has gone to bed? Which day of the week do you get […]

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Got Productivity Apps? Eric Tivers Does!

Today I’d like to introduce you to Eric Tivers, ADHD Therapist and Coach, who spoke at the 2014 CHADD Conference this past November on the topic of productivity apps.  His presentation was so engaging and informative I not only tweeted about it, but I asked to interview him for my blog.  Hopefully you’ll appreciate what he […]

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Top Five Conference Take Aways – 2014

I make a point of attending several professional conferences each year.  This year I chose the International Coach Federation Conference in Cleveland in June, the Institute for Challenging Disorganization‘s Conference in Nashville in September and the International CHADD Conference in Chicago in November, where I also presented with colleague Sue West on the topic of […]

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You Don’t Need More File Drawers, You Just Need to Keep Less Paper!

It’s amazing how many people I come in contact with who are overwhelmed by the amount of paper in their lives. Paper is an equal opportunity stressor.  It doesn’t care who you are, how much money you make, where you live or your level of education.  Only those individuals who’ve created a foolproof system for […]

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Overcoming Overwhelm: Free Up Bandwidth by Sharing Ideas

I was lucky enough to spend some time this past Sunday with my colleague Francis Wade, time-based productivity expert and author of Bill’s Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure  and the upcoming book Perfect Time-Based Productivity – A Professional Approach, due out this fall. Francis was visiting Cleveland from Jamaica and as I showed him the sights around […]

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Pruning, It’s Not Just for Plants…

This past Sunday began with my noticing the herbs I grow in my Aerogarden were looking like more of a miniature jungle than a garden I’d actually want to eat something out of. Out came the scissors and the pruning began. The photo to the left represents the results of those efforts – a pile of […]

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Overcoming the Overwhelm: Dinner Time Angst

Dinner time in my home has always been challenging, just ask my husband who for many years walked in the door each evening never sure if there would be dinner available or not. My informal surveys of moms, both ADHD & non-ADHD alike, about dinner-time struggles yielded some common challenges.  Many of these challenges can […]

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You’ve Gotta Protect Your Planning Time!

I’m reading an interesting book called Fast Minds, by Craig Surman, MD & Tim Bilkey, MD.  It’s a self-help book for folks with ADHD or who think they may have ADHD.  This morning I came across a couple of sentences I want to share with you. “ We want to reiterate here that we feel […]

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Next Steps: Important for Keeping a Clear Desk

How many papers are sitting on your desk right now? Have you given much thought to why they’re sitting there?  What’s keeping them from being processed / moving off of your desk? Typically when papers pile up on my desk, or a client’s desk it’s because the next step that needs to be taken is […]

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Best Practices: What they are and how they can help…

I just spent the past few minutes reviewing my best practices.  I actually have a “best practice” of reviewing my best practices each morning before I get out of bed.  I find that it helps center and ground me by reminding me of what’s most important for a good day. What exactly is a best […]

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S.O.S. Interview: Francis Wade on his new book “Bill’s Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure”

Today I’m joined by Francis Wade, of Framework Consulting, personal productivity expert and author of an awesome new book on managing one’s time.   Andrea:  Hi Francis.  Thanks so much for appearing on my blog as a guest. Francis:  It’s great to be here. Andrea: You’ve been busy writing a book since you presented at the […]

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My Favorite Things: FOFA (Ever Lose Your Keys?)

Have you ever lost your keys?  What about your wallet?  Most people would respond yes to these questions.  If you have ADHD your answer is most likely a resounding “YES!”  ADHDers are much more likely to lose things, such as keys and wallets because challenges we have with working memory and being easily distracted. There […]

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Five Rules for Living Well with ADHD

I presented at a local CHADD meeting a number of months ago on the topic: “Stump the Organizer”, which translates as, “Participants,  bring your best organizing questions and we’ll try to solve them together.”  I’ve learned over the years that those of us with ADHD often share many of the same organizing challenges and we can […]

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Books, Books & More Books! Organizing Your Reading List

My reading list had taken on a life, or should I say lives of its own. The list that at one time was neatly maintained in Notes on my iPhone had spilled over into Toodledo,  a couple of visual reminder piles beside my bed and reading chair, and a number of newly downloaded books sitting […]

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What you Focus on Becomes Your Reality: Using a Vision Board to Reach Your Goals

The above is a picture of my vision board for 2012. A vision board is a collection of visual images pasted or pinned to a board that represents things that you want to bring into your life.  My board, created on a framed cork board that hangs above my desk, represents the reminders of goals aspired […]

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