ADHD reWired

135 | Overcoming Perfectionism

This Week’s Guest:

Drew “Scooter” Ackerman is the host of the podcast, Sleep With Me.  This podcast is designed to lull you to sleep with stories that are delivered in soothing tones.  Drew has never been formally diagnosed with ADHD.  He has shared that he has dyslexia and he struggles with sleep.

In this conversation, we discuss some of the challenges Drew has with organization and perfectionism with his podcast.  We look at these challenges and in the ADHD reWired Hot Seat portion of the episode, I challenge Drew to make a commitment in his podcast editing. 

Included in this episode is a follow-up phone call, which took place a few weeks after the original interview.  Drew talks about the different topics that he’s been contemplating since the original call, including perfectionism, to-do lists and fears and goals.

Connect with Drew Ackerman!

You’ll Learn:

  • [4:20] - Drew shares why he started Sleep With Me.
  • [8:00] - Two of Drew’s listeners started a Facebook group for his podcast, where his community could gather.
  • [11:07] - Drew talks about his career path, which has led him to currently working at a library.  This is interesting because Drew has dyslexia.
  • [15:28] - Determining how much to share.
  • [17:38] - Drew gives us a taste of Sleep With Me.
  • [20:33] - Overcoming perfectionism
  • [26:18] - Drew talks about his podcast schedule and workflow.
  • [35:49] - Drew Ackerman sits in the ADHD reWired Hot Seat.
  • [47:46] - “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.”
  • [53:20] - The shame of feeling like we’re never doing enough.
  • [56:00] - Drew talks about his podcast editing.
  • [1:02:37] - Drew ponders a podcast editing commitment. 
  • [1:09:20] - Follow-up call with Drew Ackerman.
  • [1:10:20] - Things from the original call that have been on Drew’s mind since the call.

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The CHADD International Conference on ADHD

This conference is being held November 10th-12th in Costa Mesa, California.  I will be speaking about time management strategies at this conference.  To register, visit http://chadd.org!

October is ADHD Awareness Month!

You can join me and more than 30 other ADHD experts at the 2016 ADHD Awareness Expo.  You can attend this free virtual event October 2nd-8th.  Claim your spot at http://www.erictivers.com/expo2016.

Every Tuesday in the month of October, you can join Nisha Subramanian and me for a live, interactive webinar. We will be answering your productivity and ADHD questions!  The webinars are held at 12:30-1:30pm (Central Time). These webinars are free and you can sign up at http://erictivers.com/events.

ADHD reWired Coaching & Accountability Group

Do you want to improve your productivity, develop better habits, and experience the true power of accountability from members of our own tribe?  Learn more at http://ADHDreWired.com

 

Stay tuned to ADHD reWired for follow-up sessions with past guests who have allowed Eric to help them and keep up with their progress.

Want to be a guest?

Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a Coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you'd like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

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134 | Discovering You Are Enough

This Week’s Guest:

Jo Meleca-Voigt is an accomplished school teacher, wife, runner, social activist, and travel consultant.  Jo was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 45.  I invited Jo to come on the podcast since she is just now starting her ADHD journey. 

In this conversation, you will hear some of Jo’s thoughts as she starts her ADHD journey.  She shares how she is documenting everything.  Jo was named “Teacher of the Year” in a district with over 1,000 teachers and she shares some of her thoughts on teaching and learning strategies.  For years, Jo has been an advocate for same-sex marriage.  She shares her opinions on the similarities between being gay and having ADHD. 

On days when Jo feels like she’s having more difficulty with ADHD, she is more self-conscience in one-on-one conversations.  These situations bring her a lot of stress and anxiety. In the hot-seat portion of this discussion, we dig deeper and come up with some strategies that Jo could implement to help herself in these situations.

Connect with Jo Meleca-Voigt!

You’ll Learn:

  • [3:55] - Jo talks about how she is documenting her ADHD journey. 
  • [4:37] - She shares some insights she’s learned about herself since starting this journal.
  • [6:16] - Jo believes the name “attention deficit” is misleading.
  • [8:00] - Jo shares one of her first experiences after medication, which leads to some entertaining stories.
  • [11:28] - Jo was named Teacher of the Year in a district of over 1,000 teachers. She talks about this recognition and what she did in her years of teaching to earn it.
  • [16:33] - Jo explains the correct way to study. 
  • [19:42] - Teaching students how to learn, not just what to learn.
  • [21:42] - If government was run like a start-up. 
  • [22:39] - Education is becoming more data-driven, but when the data is not specific enough, it can impact some students with ADHD.
  • [29:55] - Coming out as being gay and coming out as having ADHD.
  • [37:18] - Jo Meleca-Voigt sits in the hot-seat and we talk about issues regarding social conversations in a one-on-one setting and some solutions that Jo can implement.
  • [1:03:10] - Self-acceptance has been the toughest part of this journey for Jo.
  • [1:04:49] - Jo calls in to follow-up on our original discussion.  She talks about going through the “anger” stage.
  • [1:09:03] - Jo talks about implementing one of the strategies we discussed when she was in the hot-seat.
  • [1:11:36] - This is our third conversation, and Jo reflects back on our 2nd conversation and talks about getting to an area of acceptance.

Use my Audible.com affiliate link to get an audio book for free (and a 30-day free trial)! Not sure where to start? I’d recommend Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

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October is ADHD Awareness Month!

You can join me and more than 30 other ADHD experts at the 2016 ADHD Awareness Expo.  You can attend this free virtual event October 2nd-8th.  Claim your spot at http://www.erictivers.com/expo2016.

Every Tuesday in the month of October, you can join Nisha Subramanian and me for a live, interactive webinar. We will be answering your productivity and ADHD questions!  The webinars are held at 12:30-1:30pm (Central Time). These webinars are free and you can sign up at http://erictivers.com/events.

ADHD reWired Coaching & Accountability Group

Do you want to improve your productivity, develop better habits, and experience the true power of accountability from members of our own tribe?  Learn more at http://ADHDreWired.com

Want to be a guest?

Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a Coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you'd like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

 

 

Direct download: 134___Jo_Meleca-Voigt_Discovering_You_Are_Enough.mp3
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133 | Free to be ADHD

This Week’s Guest:

Brandy Wynn is a self-identified marketing maven in-the-making. Diagnosed at the age of 30, now at 40, she’s enjoying her freedom from the box. In this conversation, you’ll learn what “freedom from the box” means.

Brandy has been an entrepreneur from an early age.  You will hear her describe her life and entrepreneur journey.  As a student in her 40s, Brandy describes why she is pursuing her MBA, despite the popular opinion that entrepreneurs don’t need to achieve this level of education.  She also shares her experience with advocating for herself in the world of education.  When Brandy sits in the hot-seat, we look at her strategies in her education.  In this discussion, I suggest that Brandy outsources will-power via Kitchen Safe. I also suggest she use Waze.

Brandy shares some insight into her personal views on ADHD, and in particular, her brand of ADHD.  In describing her “freedom from the box”, she talks about being comfortable in your own skin.  This leads to a discussion on “people first” language and how individuals might prefer to describe themselves and their diagnosis.

Connect with Brandy Wynn

You’ll Learn:

  • [2:10] – “Freedom from the box”
  • [3:04] – Brandy talks about her hesitancy to talk about her diagnosis.
  • [4:48] – Brandy describes her brand of ADHD. 
  • [6:55] – Brandy is close to receiving her degree and she talks about her life as a student.
  • [9:00] – Self-advocating in the world of education.
  • [13:33] – “I don’t have a problem; I have a disability.”
  • [14:44] – Brandy talks about speaking at CHADD.   
  • [15:50] – Brandy shares how she describes and identifies her ADHD diagnosis.  This leads to a discussion about “people first” language.
  • [19:13] – Brandy explains why she is would be uncomfortable with giving a Ted Talk.
  • [23:15] – Brandy claims to be “the worst ever” with relationships.
  • [27:11] – Now is the best time to be able to be comfortable in your own skin.
  • [29:36] – Brandy shares her entrepreneurship story.
  • [36:45] – Brandy explains why she wants her MBA.
  • [39:00] – Brandy talks about the role of religion in her life and her journey.
  • [41:50] – Brandy talks about two books, The Value in the Valley and In the Meantime.
  • [43:03] – Brandy Wynn sits in the hot-seat.  In this discussion, we look at her academic strategies and timeliness.

Use my Audible.com affiliate link to get a free book (and a 30-day free trial)!

http://www.audibletrial.com/ADHDreWired

Not sure where to start with Audible?  Check out Brene Brown’s, The Gifts of Imperfection.

ADHD reWired Coaching & Accountability Group

Do you want to improve your productivity, develop better habits, and experience the true power of accountability from members of our own tribe?  Learn more at http://ADHDreWired.com

ADHD reWired Tech eCourses and Mini Workshops

Tell us what technology or tool you would like to learn about: Complete our 3 minute survey below and you can win free coaching, a $50 gift card to Amazon or your preferred app store  or a productivity mystery box.

Learn more about our courses and workshops at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HDJCSSS

Stay tuned to ADHD reWired for follow-up sessions with past guests who have allowed Eric to help them and keep up with their progress.

Want to be a guest?

Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a Coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you'd like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

 

Direct download: 133___Brandy_Wynn_-_Free_to_be_ADHD.mp3
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132 | It's Never Too Late

This Week’s Guest:

Liz Applegate is a life-coach, entrepreneur, and podcaster.  She introduces herself as a “second chance enthusiast positive change facilitator.”  Her work includes helping over-40 individuals turn the “maybe somedays” into “today”. 

Liz was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, after her son pointed out that she had a lot of the symptoms.  In this discussion, we start off by looking back on Liz’s ADHD journey.  She talks about what her life was and how ADHD impacted areas of her life, specifically in her first marriage.  It was actually ADHD reWired that helped Liz realize that she needed structure and medication to get her ADHD in check and live the life she wanted.  She shares some of her strategies, including KanbanFlow.

Liz balances her personal work, including her podcast, Midlife Schmidlife, but she also does virtual support work.  Balancing these two spheres and going from task to task is a challenge for Liz.  In the ADHD reWired hot seat portion of our discussion, we go through and identify some of the trouble spots and then look at solutions.  A few of the tools I mention are Realtime Board, Process Street, and Edgar.

Connect with Liz Applegate!

You’ll Learn:

  • [3:40] - Liz talks about turning 50 and the negativity of midlife.
  • [6:05] - Liz’s son realizes that she may have adult ADHD. 
  • [7:00] - Liz’s ADHD journey and how her diagnosis helped her make sense of her life.
  • [10:22] - Self medication and the driving factors behind it.
  • [12:37] - After a period without medication, ADHD reWired helped Liz realize she needed structure and medication to keep her ADHD in check.
  • [15:00] - Becoming the person Liz wants to be.
  • [18:13] - Liz shares the strategies she’s adopted to bring structure into her work-life.
  • [23:32] - Liz talks about the types of people that are attracted to her business.
  • [26:40] - When Liz feels like the situation is beyond her capabilities, she refers clients to appropriate mental health professionals.
  • [29:36] - Coaching and virtual support are two different realms in which Liz helps people.
  • [31:40] - Deciding if it’s worth it to learn something new.
  • [35:49] - “Even if you’ve never been diagnosed with ADHD, all of us have something.”
  • [39:31] -  Liz Applegate sits down in the ADHD reWired hot seat! 
  • [40:15] - Being on social media for work, but not getting sucked in and balancing work between personal and coaching/virtual support.
  • [48:44] - Liz goes through an exercise. What will she do when Midlife Schmidlife becomes successful enough for her to stop doing virtual support.
  • [51:23] - Liz experiences “break failure” when it comes to Facebook and we talk about one solution.
  • [1:01:20] - Liz talks about her lack of accountability.

Book Review

This week’s book review is The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, the author of the Chicken Soup books. This is like ten great self-help books all-in-one.

Use my Audible.com affiliate link to get The Success Principles for free (and a 30-day free trial)!

http://www.audibletrial.com/ADHDreWired

ADHD reWired Coaching & Accountability Group

Do you want to improve your productivity, develop better habits, and experience the true power of accountability from members of our own tribe?  Learn more at http://ADHDreWired.com

ADHD reWired Tech eCourses and Mini Workshops

Tell us what technology or tool you would like to learn about: Complete our 3 minute survey below and you can win free coaching, a $50 gift card to Amazon or your preferred app store  or a productivity mystery box.

Learn more about our courses and workshops at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HDJCSSS

Stay tuned to ADHD reWired for follow-up sessions with past guests who have allowed Eric to help them and keep up with their progress.

Want to be a guest?

Hey! What about you? Do you have a story? Are you a Coach? Are you an ADHD Clinician? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you'd like to be a guest, schedule a pre-interview call here.

Direct download: 132___Liz_Applegate_Its_Never_Too_Late.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 3:30am CST

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