The ADHD Entrepreneur: Three Ways to Manage Symptoms at Work


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (often called ADHD or ADD) can have a huge impact on an entrepreneur's ability to remain productive at work.  Here are just a few tips that can help you manage symptoms of ADHD at work.  And by the way, these tips are great even if you don’t have ADHD!

#1:  Take an Honest Look at your Social Media Use

By now, you’ve probably heard that to increase productivity, you need to shut off your phone and stay off social media.  Sound advice, but people with ADHD really need to take this to heart.  Individuals with ADHD are more easily distracted and more likely to sucked down the proverbial rabbit hole when online.  Maybe you opened Facebook with the intent to quickly wish someone a happy birthday, only to find yourself watching funny cat videos 45 minutes later.  Do yourself a huge favor:  delete social media apps off your phone and save your social media usage for before or after...

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Are You Tapping Into Your Metacognition?


I recently was a guest on a webinar, speaking to entrepreneurs about how to hack their brains.  We covered so many cool hacks and shared quite a few laughs.  Today, I want to focus on one comment that I made which really resonated with the participants.  In fact, one of the participants wrote that she needed to make a t-shirt with this quote! 


“Just because you have a thought, doesn’t mean it’s true.”


It’s interesting how we often don’t question the thoughts that run through our mind, and often just blindly accept that they are true.

 I’m just no good at marketing.  I’ll never lose weight.  I can’t do anything right.  I’ll never get ahead.  No one wants to buy what I’m selling.  

We all have times when self-limiting beliefs run through our mind.  Deb recently wrote a blog post challenging you to think of yourself as being...

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Choose Wisely

 In my previous blogs we've been talking about Procrastination and discussed how to break the cycle of this unproductive mindset. 

I've shared two of my top Procrastination Hacks - the Stop Sign and Take a Moment to Pause.  While these are effective and well-tested on thousands of people challenged by procrastination there are two more steps that make this procrastination hack complete.

The Stop Sign clears the mind while the Moment to Pause breath helps us to return to the here and now. 

The next step after Stopping the intruding thoughts and Pausing to reconnect is to ask yourself:

Is there anything I can do about the situation, circumstance or issue you have procrastinated about?  Yes or No?

If the answer is yes, the next step is to take measurable step forward. 

If the answer is no, there isn't anything to do...the next step is to tolerate what feelings are arising, take a step back from the situation or circumstance to create...

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Staying Focused At Work

Do you ever sit down to work on something and find that you start remembering everything else you need to do?

Isn’t it distracting?

In this Vlog, you will learn about a simple strategy that allows you to stop using your brain as a storage device and start using it as a thinking tool so you can get your projects done.


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Don't Forget About Your Accomplishments

brain productivity Feb 20, 2018

Research has found that our brains, particularly our limbic systems (important in emotional regulation), are wired to be Velcro for the negative and Teflon for the positive.

From an evolutionary perspective, this bias towards the negative (and potentially life-threatening) was highly adaptive.

However, in today's world, this bias can have negative consequences in our businesses. We tend to overlook our accomplishments, and focus on the small percentage of our business that is not going well.

This bias has a negative effect on our mood, and can lead to demoralization and thoughts about giving up.

I believe that it is important for every business owner to regularly schedule time to review his or her accomplishments. From a practical perspective, it helps make us aware of what worked, so we can do more of it. We often talk about learning from our mistakes, but how about learning from our accomplishments? From a psychological perspective, reviewing our accomplishments boosts our mood...

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