My Best Tip for ADHD: Best Practices

Not long ago I was featured as a guest ADHD expert on Ellen Delap’s blog.  It was an honor to appear and Ellen asked some fantastic questions, one of which was “What is your best tip for ADHD?”  My response…

When you learn something that works for you, it’s important to find a way to remind yourself of it, so you can continue to use it to support you.  Unfortunately ADHD often results in us forgetting what supports us most.  Document what works best for you on a list of best practices, and review it regularly.

Yesterday, a colleague of mine who read that post asked me what I meant by “best practices”, so I thought I’d share a little about them.  I’ve discussed them in a previous posting and I invite you to read that post, but I’ll also briefly summarize them here because they are such a powerful tool.

  1. Best practices are activities or habits that encourage optimal performance.
  2. Best practices are something typically discovered as a result of experimentation related to overcoming challenges.
  3. Best practices might be forever practices such as exercising daily to support brain health or sorting the mail the minute you walk in the door each day to prevent papers from piling up.
  4. Best practices might be something temporary that support you when creating new habits, such as keeping your alarm clock on the other side of the room so you get out of bed and get to your new job on time.
  5. As an aside, I also recommend adding your current commitments to yourself to your best practices list, as looking at them every time you review your best practices keeps those commitments front and center for you.

What best practices do you already have?  How might writing them down and reviewing them regularly support you?  What best practices might you add to make a difference in your life?

I look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Photo Credit: Gary Greene

 

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4 Responses to “My Best Tip for ADHD: Best Practices”

  1. Ellen Delap January 14, 2014 8:07 am #

    I love these wonderful examples of best practices. When we frame our daily actions at home and work in this way, we gain perspective on why best practices are so empowering and so important. Your practicality in best practices helps each of us relate.

    My best practice is going to be by 10:30 pm each night. I know my brain works best the day after a good night’s rest.

    Thanks for referencing my blog too!

    • Andrea Sharb January 14, 2014 10:10 am #

      Ellen, I appreciate you sharing your best practice. I was just speaking with a new client yesterday about the importance of self care for ADHD, especially getting adequate sleep – so important for optimal brain functioning!

  2. ClearView Coach January 29, 2014 2:13 pm #

    Breathe.
    Take slow, deep breaths for a count of 6, hold for a count of 2, and then breath out for a count of 8. This places your focus on breathing and clears your mind. It is a great way to pause an overactive ADHD brain!

    • Andrea Sharb January 29, 2014 3:47 pm #

      Hi Mark, thanks for sharing a very importance best practice – the cleansing breath. I agree that it is a fantastic way to create that pause so many of us with overactive brains require!

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