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10 productivity tricks from a CEO with ADHD




10 productivity tricks from a CEO with ADHD

With a deadline looming, Peter Shankman bought a $5,000 round-trip business-class ticket to Tokyo, and returned home 30 hours later with a finished draft. But many of his approaches can apply to anyone, whether they have ADHD (and $5,000 to spare) or not.

10 productivity tricks from a CEO with ADHD
Editor’s Note: This story is part of our feature, “Secrets of 13 of the most productive people.” See the complete 2018 list here. 

When Peter Shankman was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in his thirties, he finally understood why he’d been going to such extreme lengths to achieve a heightened focus, including skydiving and triathlons. In his popular podcast, Faster Than Normal, he interviews ADHD experts and discusses how he’s learned to use his unique brain wiring to professional advantage as an entrepreneur, angel investor, and author of four books.

Some of his tactics may seem extreme: When Shankman was two weeks from a book deadline in 2014, he bought a $5,000 round-trip business-class ticket to Tokyo, hopped on the flight the next day, and returned home 30 hours later with a finished draft. But many of his approaches can apply to anyone, whether they have ADHD (and $5,000 to spare) or not. Here are Shankman’s tips for boosting your productivity, from his most recent book,
 Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success With the Secrets of the ADHD Brain.

1. Banish desk chaos

“A clean environment keeps the mind clean and sharp,” Shankman says.

2. Ask for deadlines

If your boss says it’s okay for you to turn in something “when you can,” it may be tempting to accept that leeway. But an open-ended assignment can be harder to prioritize. “Pick a date for everything you want to accomplish and set it in stone,” Shankman recommends.

3. Make a night-before plan

Work backward to map out how you’ll prepare for an event or meeting. That can include getting enough sleep the night before and choosing an outfit. Since Shankman wakes up at 3:45 a.m. to exercise, he simplifies his morning routine by sleeping in his workout clothes.

4. Delegate where you can

Hiring an assistant to manage your calendar isn’t in everyone’s budget. Try a virtual assistant instead, or organize your life with tools like Calendly and Wunderlist. “There’s so much good help out there that doesn’t cost a lot of money,” Shankman says.

5. Compartmentalize tasks

Carve out time for just one thing, and stick to that until you’re done.

6. Make rituals–not resolutions

Most people struggle to keep resolutions, so Shankman suggests making rituals, the holy grail for people with ADHD. “The trick is to constantly focus on both how you feel when you do it and how you feel when you don’t,” he writes. If you want to wake up earlier, zero in on the feeling of having a more productive day.

7. Find your routine

Schedule calls or field emails during the same block of time every day. “Change is great when you’re trying to be creative, but not so much when you need to focus,” Shankman says.

8. Plan for the unexpected

Staying productive during stretches of “deep work” isn’t typically a problem. It’s the 15 minutes between meetings–the “short-burst downtime”–that can throw a wrench into your day. Use that time to text a friend or meditate.

9. Find your people

Surround yourself with folks who can support you and hold you accountable. “I don’t care how you find these people, but make sure that one or more of them are smarter than you, one or more are older, one or more are younger, and one or more are not as smart (so that you can give back),” Shankman says.

10. Remember the finish line

Every time you take on a new task, identify the “essential problem.” Then “break it down into manageable pieces, employ the strategies you’ve learned, and get it done.”
Pavithra Mohan is an assistant editor for Fast Company Digital. Her writing has previously been featured in Gizmodo and Popular Science magazine.




Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90264253/10-productivity-tricks-from-a-ceo-with-adhd







Adaptation of the Serenity Prayer for ADHD : The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change


Dr. Edward Hallowell’s adaptation of the Serenity Prayer:


God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change;

The patience to resist trying to control everything I could, had I the energy and time;

The courage and skill to change the things I have chosen to change;

And the wisdom to know the differences among all these.

 


Serenity Prayer: for ADHD


Link: https://marlacummins.com/change-how-you-think-about-your-adhd/




Taking a Leap of Faith

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 Taking a Leap of Faith









Serenity Prayer: for ADHD

 
Dr. Edward Hallowell’s adaptation of the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change;

The patience to resist trying to control everything I could, had I the energy and time;

The courage and skill to change the things I have chosen to change;

And the wisdom to know the differences among all these.

 



Link: https://marlacummins.com/change-how-you-think-about-your-adhd/




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Boredom: How it Affects Someone With ADHD



Boredom: How it Affects Someone With ADHD

Jeremy was a bright student who worked hard and succeeded academically. He was bored easily, but he loved to learn and had done exceptionally well at a prestigious university. As a result, Jeremy attained his dream of being accepted to med school.
He expected that medical studies would be an extension of the smorgasbord of intellectual challenges he had experienced in college. But Jeremy was soon disappointed.
The memorization of more or less unimportant facts made Jeremy and his brain feel half asleep. He resorted to simultaneously listening to both the television and the radio to remain awake enough and have sufficient attention to commit to memory what he needed for his exams.
That Jeremy’s brain began to fall asleep when confronted with uninteresting information was an important sign that Jeremy had attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


Your Brain’s Role in Boredom

Despite the endless controversy, ADHD is a legitimate brain disorder that results in problems with low stimulation and boredom.

Because the prefrontal cortex or governing system of the brain is impaired in ADHD, there is also often difficulty with executive functions or common forms of self-regulation, including focus, attention, concentration, goal-setting, planning, organization, and impulse control.
And, they have difficulty tolerating boredom. In fact, many individuals with ADHD feel understimulated—even bored—because the activity in the front of their brains is too low.


ADHD and Stimulation

Some individuals with ADHD experience low prefrontal cortex activity and under stimulation to an extreme degree.
Activities that would make most of us tremble with anxiety—such as motorcycle racing or skydiving—seem to calm these individuals, probably because these exciting activities boost the low activity in their PFC.
For example, a man I knew who was an airplane wing walker required an extreme amount of stimulation was for him to feel calm and comfortable.
Most of us would be paralyzed by anxiety walking on the wing of an airplane mid-flight, but this man, who normally experienced boring situations as remarkably intolerable, was optimally stimulated when engaging in his hobby.
He stopped being distracted and became simply mindful, alert, and fully aware in the present moment. Why?
Well, the adrenaline pumped out by his adrenal glands boosted his typically very low-functioning PFC, so he felt calm and focused walking on wings instead of rattled by his normal state of intense boredom. To each his own, for sure.
This is the important point I want to make:

Many people with ADHD have difficulty tolerating boredom, and many seek out experiences in which intensity or stimulation is high.
Sometimes the stimulation is extreme. The wing walker overcame his intolerable boredom by walking on the wings of an airplane in mid-flight.
But the stimulation can also be of a different order.
Think of those who are “addicted” to their iPhones and other mobile devices, because the constant pings alert them to new information; novelty stimulates and relieves their boredom.


ADHD’s Interference With Everyday Tasks

Many individuals with ADHD who could barely spend ten minutes doing boring activities such as paying bills or doing their taxes can easily lose themselves for many consecutive hours playing exciting video games.

The constant change and feedback they receive by playing overcome their boredom.

The stimulation, novelty, and excitement get them to pay attention. Without it, they are apathetic, fatigued, or spacey.
Some patients with ADHD even become bored in their relationship with a romantic partner after several months; they break off the relationship, not because it is a bad one, but because they need a new relationship, a new person, someone fresh, novel.



At Amen Clinics, we understand the pain and frustration that ADHD can cause for families and adults.  We approach each individual with a sense of compassion and respect. Our experienced clinical staff will take a full history of each patient using The 4 Circles Approach before beginning treatment with SPECT imaging or making other recommendations. Connect with us today by calling 888-288-9834 to learn more – we are waiting to help you, or schedule a visit today!

Source: https://www.amenclinics.com/blog/boredom-in-adhd/


Declutter Your Mind .



 



 
Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking
(Mindfulness Books Series Book 1)
by S.J. Scott (Goodreads Author), Barrie Davenport

  Feel overwhelmed by your thoughts? Struggling with anxiety about your daily tasks? Or do you want to stop worrying about life? 

The truth is...We all experience the occasional negative thought. But if you always feel overwhelmed, then you need to closely examine how these thoughts are negatively impacting your lifestyle.

The solution is to practice specific mindfulness techniques that create more "space" in your mind to enjoy inner peace and happiness. With these habits, you'll have the clarity to prioritize what's most important in your life, what no longer serves your goals, and how you want to live on a daily basis. And that's what you'll learn in Declutter Your Mind .

  Declutter Your Mind -- How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking
The goal of this book is simple: We will teach you the habits, actions, and mindsets to clean up the mental clutter that's holding you back from living a meaningful life.

You will learn:

4 Causes of Mental Clutter
How to Reframe ALL Your Negative Thoughts
4 Strategies to Improve (or Eliminate) Bad Relationships
The Importance of Decluttering the Distractions That Cause Anxiety
A Simple Strategy to Discover What's Important to YOU
400 Words That Help Identify YOUR Values
The Benefit of Meditation and Focused Deep Breathing (and How to Do Both)
How to Create Goals That Connect to Your Passions
Declutter Your Mind is full of exercises that will have an immediate, positive impact on your mindset. Instead of just telling you to do something, we provide practical, science-backed actions that can create real and lasting change if practiced regularly.

Would You Like To Know More? 

Download now to stop worrying, deal with anxiety, and clear your mind.

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Flower duet - Anna Netrebko & Elina Garanca (Lakmé de Delibes)



  
Anna Netrebko (soprano).
Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano). 
Baden-Baden Opera Gala 2007. 

Duo des fleurs.

Lakmé, Flower duet (Duetto) by Léo Delibes : 
Viens, Mallika... Dôme épais le jasmin.
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A bushbaby peering out of its hiding place in a tree.

 

A bush-baby peering out of its hiding place in a tree. (Photo: Lynne Wilde)





Harvard's new RoboBee can fly in and out of water



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Harvard's new RoboBee can fly in and out of water

The team is hoping their work can inspire microrobots that have more capabilities.




Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon
10.26.17 in Robots








Apparently, we haven't seen RoboBee's final form yet. Harvard researchers introduced the robot back in 2013 and developed a version that uses static to stick to walls in 2016.

Now, the scientists have created an upgraded robotic bee that can fly, dive into water and hop right back up into the air.

That's a lot tougher than it sounds, since the tiny machine is only two centimeters tall and is about one-fifteenth the weight of a penny.

For such a small robot, swimming in water is like swimming in molasses and breaking through the water's surface is akin to breaking through a brick wall.
To solve the issue, the researchers from Harvard Wyss Institute and John A. Paulson School of Engineering designed new mechanisms that make it possible for the RoboBee to transition seamlessly from water to air.

First, they had to figure out the right flapping speeds for its wings in aerial and aquatic environments. By using a combination of theoretical modeling and experimental data, they determined that 220 to 300 hertz is perfect for aerial travel, while 9 to 13 hertz is the perfect speed in the water.

Once that was done, they had to figure out how the machine can break surface tension to be able to get out of the water.

They came up with a two-step system: First, the machine collects water into a buoyancy chamber as it swims to the surface.

An electrolytic plate inside the chamber converts the water into oxyhydrogen, which provides enough extra buoyancy for the robot's wings to pop out of the water. A sparker in the chamber then ignites the combustible oxyhydrogen, turning it into fuel that gives RoboBee the boost it needs to be able to get back into the air.

In the future, microrobots can be used for search missions, deployed to far-off places for surveillance before sending in bigger machines to rescue people.

The RoboBee team hopes their work "investigating tradeoffs like weight and surface tension can inspire future multi-functional microrobots -- ones that can move on complex terrains and perform a variety of tasks."








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The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering uses biological design principles to develop new engineering innovations that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world.




 
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering uses biological design principles to develop new engineering innovations that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world.


At the Wyss Institute, we leverage recent insights into how Nature builds, controls and manufactures to develop new engineering innovations - a new field of research we call Biologically Inspired Engineering.

By emulating biological principles of self assembly, organization and regulation, we are developing disruptive technology solutions for healthcare, energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing, which are translated into commercial products and therapies through formation of new startups and corporate alliances.

We have 8 major Focus Areas.


Through our Innovation Funnel, we harness the creative freedom of academia to generate a pipeline of new ideas and potential breakthrough technologies; enable our staff with product development experience to prototype, mature and de-risk these technologies; and leverage our internal business development team, intellectual property experts, and entrepreneurs-in-residence to drive commercialization, through industrial partnerships, licensing agreements, and the creation of startups.






Addicted to Distraction: Psychological Consequences of the Modern Mass Media Book

Addicted to Distraction - Psychological consequences of the Mass Media by Bruce G Charlton - available online

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