ADHD reWired

The guest for this episode is Shelley Ann Morris.  Shelley is an administrative assistant receptionist who assists people who are blind.  She volunteers at CKCU FM and hosts the show Welcome to My World.  Shelley is a triathlete who does sprints and Olympic distance triathlons.  She was born with significant vision loss.

In this conversation, you will hear Shelley talk about being diagnosed at age 44, and she explains how being born with a vision disability gave her the skills and tools to cope with ADHD.  Shelley talks about coming out of the “dark days” and how connecting with a coach and counselor, she was able to find success in the workplace and life.

Connect with Shelley Ann Morris

Website: www.ckcufm.com/wtmw

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:32] - Shelley was diagnosed with ADHD at age 44.  She describes her vision loss.
  • [05:12] - Shelley explains why she sought a diagnosis.
  • [09:17] - She describes how being born with a vision disability gave her the skills and tools to cope with ADHD.  It comes down to decisions to be better or bitter.
  • [15:22] - Shelley talks about her dark days and challenges.
  • [21:43] - Taking positive steps and forgiving others in her dark days helped her find her way.
  • [24:36] - She explains how she connected with a coach and counselor, and what she worked on with them.
  • [26:46] - Shelley describes how she works best.
  • [30:35] - The variety of tasks and the energy from people helps Shelley succeed as an administrative assistant and receptionist.  She also talks about the benefit of having a good manager.
  • [32:01] - A listener of Shelley’s radio show was prompted to seek an evaluation for ADHD.  
  • [34:40] - Shelley explains that because she’s been hurt, she goes out her way to not hurt others.
  • [35:24] - While she was between jobs, she managed volunteers.  When she introduced herself via email, she encouraged people to communicate challenges with her.
  • [42:32] - Shelley describes some of the accommodations she receives to be successful at work.
  • [48:38] - Shelley says that ADHD is a bigger beast to deal with than low vision.
  • [52:50] - Listening to music helps inspire Shelley.  
  • [55:18] - Shelley explains why she sometimes feels like The Grinch, but not for a reason you’d expect.  This leads to a discussion on background noise and distractions.
  • [1:00:50] - Shelley says there are a lot of resources to help.  
  • [1:02:00] - Shelley talks about her athletic endeavors as a triathlete.

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now over.  Send me a message using the contact form at http://CoachingreWired.com if you’d like to be on the waitlist.  Season 16 starts April 15th. Stay tuned for details on registration!

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

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The guest of this episode is Emily Parks.  Emily is a productivity consultant and the owner of Organize for Success.  She is an Evernote certified consultant. A lover of technology, Emily can help with prioritization, email, calendar management, and everything else that we could all use help with.  

In this conversation, you will hear Emily share a ton of super helpful tips and strategies.  This is a can’t-miss episode if you would like to become more efficient in areas of your life with things like digital clutter, time-blocking, and email.  At the end of the episode, you’ll even hear Emily share some tips specific to this holiday time of the year.

Connect with Emily Parks

Website - OrganizeForSuccess.biz

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:26] - “Our brain is made for thinking, not remembering.”
  • [03:28] -  Emily shares her answer to “What’s the best tool for remembering things?” She shares a few reasons she loves Evernote.
  • [05:36] - Emily says that she uses Evernote as her external brain.
  • [07:19] - When it comes to Evernote, Emily never recommends having too much of anything.  
  • [08:57] - Emily shares tips on naming folders in Evernote.
  • [10:54] - I describe my “1-2-3 Hack.”
  • [12:42] - If using the subject line is too overwhelming, you can rename your default notebook and use it as an inbox to hold items for processing.
  • [15:38] - “One is the most productive number” is Emily’s line of thinking behind having people do an audit
  • [24:57] - We tend to scatter our organization.  Emily talks about managing this clutter.
  • [27:27] - Emily addresses the issue of social media notifications.
  • [31:00] - It’s easy to get sucked into the neverending stream of videos on Facebook.  Emily shares how to keep yourself from falling into those traps.
  • [34:49] - Emily encourages me (and all of us) to do our daily wrap-up.
  • [43:11] - Daily planning is very important for people with ADHD, and Emily gives tips on staying on track.  
  • [51:20] - Emily talks more about time-blocking methods.
  • [57:26] - Emily and I share a hatred of email.  Emily shares some tips and tricks related to email.
  • [1:00:35] - Emily gives a few tips on keeping phone calls short in length.
  • [1:03:00] - Email: Checking vs. Processing
  • [1:07:24] - Emily talks about staying productive and on-task during the holidays.

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Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is almost over. There may be a spot or two left!  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.  

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

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Direct download: 250_Best_Productivity_Episode_Yet_with_Emily_Parks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of November’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.

On this episode, you will hear Brendan and I recount our experiences at the CHADD conference.  We also dive in and answer a handful of listener-submitted questions on topics like digital minimalism, holiday stress, and time blindness.

You can listen to our live Q&A sessions on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live. You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.  

Connect with Brendan Mahan

ADHD Essentials Podcast

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:36] - Brenan shares his most significant takeaway from the CHADD conference.
  • [09:00] - I talk about my takeaways from the conference.  
  • [18:39] - Gerald asks about digital minimalism regarding smartphones.  We talk about some of the apps we like to use, and how we manage our apps.
  • [28:47] - Lisa talks about having original plans derailed, and then failing to get back on track.
  • [33:59] - We talk about the stress that is induced by the holidays.  We share some ideas on how to simplify and redefine the holidays.
  • [44:26] - Lane feels overwhelmed by work email.  We both hate email and share some of our strategies to manage it effectively.
  • [55:14] - Someone asks about time blindness.  This person is having trouble with managing several calendars in one and struggling with isolating their important appointments.  During the discussion of this topic, I talk about FreakyAlarm, but Brendan shares why he wouldn’t use it.

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Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now in full swing. This Wednesday is your last opportunity to register.  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.  

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

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Direct download: 249_Nov_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

I am joined on this episode by Alex Hey.  Alex is a new ADHD coach from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  He is launching his new coaching practice, Reset ADHD. His mission is to help people hit the reset button on their ADHD.  Alex is turning his mess into his message. Alex has had to hit the reset button a fair number of times in his life.

In this conversation, you will hear Alex share some of his poetry, which is what made Alex stand out to me and invite him onto the podcast.  Alex provides us with some of his backstory, which includes a diagnosis about five years ago. Alex also talks about his coaching service, Reset ADHD, and the unique perspective he has.  

This episode does contain a conversation around suicide.  If you experiencing suicidal thoughts and you don’t know where to turn, here are resources for help:

United States - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Outside of the US - http://suicideprevention.wikia.com/wiki/Online

Connect with Alex Hey:

Website - http://ResetADHD.com
Twitter - @ResetADHD
Instagram - @ResetADHD
Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/resetadhd/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/resetadhd

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:23] - Alex reads a poem he wrote.  I previously heard Alex read this, and it’s a big reason he’s on this episode.
  • [07:00] - Alex shares some of the background information behind this poem.  
  • [08:50] - Alex was diagnosed at the age of 20, and describes his history with depression.
  • [10:23] - Alex describes the role that his relationships have played in his breakthrough.
  • [11:57] - We talk about Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria.
  • [12:56] - Seeking support for yourself is vital, and Alex talks about his progress in this area.
  • [15:16] - Alex reads his love poem.  
  • [17:35] - Alex describes his poem-writing process, and we discuss the power of storytelling.
  • [20:55] - Alex shares some of the thoughts that he corrects, and he describes the process.
  • [29:36] - I share that when I’m in the moment of “the suck,” what is helpful for me is to stay curious about what I can gain from the experience.
  • [35:05] - Alex talks about the role of prayer and faith.
  • [37:59] - Alex shares some information on his business, Reset ADHD.  He also explains why he decided to become an ADHD coach.
  • [43:20] - We talk about the state of Christian-based ADHD coaching.
  • [45:45] - I explain how giving free talks can help grow a coaching business.
  • [51:09] - Alex has written a four-part blog post about the growth mindset.  
  • [53:20] - Live life in permanent beta.

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Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now in full swing. There are just four chances left to register for this session.  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.  

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

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Direct download: 248_Reset_ADHD_-_Alex_Hey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode contains the second part of my discussion with Laurie Peterson.  Laurie is the owner and director of Diagnostic Learning Services in Plano, Texas.  Laurie and her group assess and diagnose students and adults with ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.  Laurie was diagnosed with ADHD in her late 20s. 

In this conversation, Laurie and I discuss the steps following the diagnostic assessments she administers.  Medication plays a considerable role, but Laurie also shares how to work to improve skills in areas with lower scores. 

Connect with Laurie Peterson:

Website - http://Diagnostic-Learning.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:08] - Once we have the information from the testing, what do we do with the information? The first step is medication, but it is not the entire solution.
  • [06:20] - Laurie explains how to improve vocabulary skills by reading.
  • [07:57] - Laurie shares how to build your perceptual reasoning skills, problem-solving skills, and visual processing skills.
  • [11:53] - I share how an instructor used color overlays to help a student read.
  • [14:33] - Improving your problem-solving skills can be done by playing games.
  • [18:08] - Working memory can be improved, but there is a lot of technology to help.
  • [20:22] - Laurie explains how she uses Alexa to put together her shopping list.
  • [24:20] - I talk about a few of the benefits of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, including shame-free accountability.
  • [26:18] - Environmental modification is a large piece of ADHD management.
  • [28:34] - We discuss interactive metronome therapy, diet, and exercise.
  • [30:48] - Laurie shares information for those that believe they may have ADHD, but have not yet been diagnosed.
  • [33:19] - Laurie talks about the cost of this type of testing.

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Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now in full swing. The next registration event is Thursday, November 29th at 3pm Central.  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com

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Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

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Direct download: 247.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

On this episode, I am joined by Laurie Peterson.  Laurie is the owner and director of Diagnostic Learning Services in Plano, Texas.  Laurie and her group assess and diagnose students and adults with ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.  Laurie was diagnosed with ADHD in her late 20s.

In this conversation, you will hear Laurie and I discuss the battery of diagnostic assessments she administered to me.  You will hear us discuss the verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, processing speed, and memory assessments I took.  We describe what these tests are, and what my results tell Laurie.

Connect with Laurie Peterson:

Website - http://Diagnostic-Learning.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:08] - Laurie shares her ADHD story.  
  • [06:37] - Laurie talks about how she views and approaches the diagnosis when she meets with people.  
  • [09:02] - I describe the battery of tests that Laurie did with me.
  • [09:56] - Laurie explains why she looks at verbal comprehension when assessing for ADHD.  This leads to a discussion on how I am more of an “audio reader.”
  • [14:23] - Laurie puts the scoring of these texts into context, and how scores can improve.
  • [17:14] - We discuss how “verbal regulation” is where impulsivity and the organizing of ideas meet.
  • [18:08] - Laurie talks about some vocational options for people who score higher in verbal comprehension testing.
  • [19:20] - I scored in the “very average” range of perceptual reasoning. I explain why this surprised me.  Laurie explains this realm of the testing.
  • [24:52] - Laurie talks about vision therapy, which retrains the muscles in your eyes.
  • [32:01] - The next domain we cover is “working memory.”
  • [37:43] - Processing speed is a domain in which I scored “below average.”  Laurie explains that score is common for people with ADHD.
  • [43:18] - Coding and symbol search were two subsets that I didn’t enjoy.  I explain why I struggled with these.
  • [46:42] - Laurie explains the adult memory test.
  • [51:00] - Laurie describes the kind of background information she gathers.
  • [53:00] - Laurie shares a few areas where my wife and I have different perceptions of my skills.
  • [57:07] - I confess I thought, “What if I don’t have ADHD?”  Laurie confirms that I do have ADHD.

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Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now in full swing. The next registration event is Thursday, November 29th at 3pm Central.  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.  

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

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Direct download: ADHD_246.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is part of a four-episode series of mastermind session.  A mastermind group is a concept that comes from the book, Think and Grow Rich.  We have implemented this concept into our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups. Alumni of our coaching groups have the opportunity to work with me as “addmins,” and those members get an entire hour to sit in the hot seat in our mastermind sessions.

This week, Natalie is sitting in the mastermind hot seat.  Natalie has recently experienced some pretty significant life changes.  This has allowed her to step back and determine what she wants to do with her life.  In this conversation, you will hear us walk through some of these things with Natalie.  

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:22] - We check in with Dan’s progress since his time in the hot seat.  
  • [05:57] - Dianna shares that she is making progress.  She has set up a sleep study.
  • [07:20] - Sandra says that she needs to listen to her hot seat session again because she had so many great things to work on.
  • [09:34] - Natalie provides us some backstory.  She has recently moved and is in a bit of a reset stage in life.  
  • [11:12] - Natalie finds herself overwhelmed by many tasks, and she lists a few things that aren’t overwhelming her.  She provides us with some examples of things she needs to do.
  • [13:05] - Natalie opens her routine app, Fabulous.  I encourage her to screenshot the app and then make that her home screen image to remind her to adjust things.
  • [14:52] - I ask Natalie if she could join a professional or networking group.  
  • [16:42] - Natalie explains that she’d like to hire a personal trainer and start working out in the mornings.
  • [21:21] - Natalie says she feels weird having a masters degree and living at home with her parents.
  • [22:43] - Dianna asks Natalie if she’s done a brain dump.
  • [25:06] - Natalie discusses one YouTube habit she would like to create.
  • [31:42] - We realize that Natalie’s morning routine is more like a morning menu.  I share with her that she needs to create habits, not routines.
  • [35:45] - I encourage Natalie to keep things basic, for the purpose of getting started.
  • [41:58] - Natalie talks about the first video she will be producing.  
  • [46:41] - Earlier in the conversation, Natalie said she would like to travel the country for four months.  She talks about the conflict between this and working a job, and the type of work she is considering.
  • [50:46] - Natalie says her lack of routine is what’s holding her back right now.  
  • [53:39] - Natalie talks about needing to find online work in order to accomplish her goal of being mobile.
  • [59:10] - Natalie shares that she is trying to find herself after the end of her marriage.
  • [1:03:48] - I suggest to Natalie that she write a letter.
  • [1:07:00] - Dan takes a few seconds to give Natalie some encouragement to get started.

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Registration for the winter session of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now in full swing. The next registration event is Thursday, November 29th at 3pm Central.  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.  

Support the podcast on Patreon

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall. Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

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.


This episode is the recording of October’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A. On this episode, you will hear Brendan, and I talk with a few listeners and read some questions that had been submitted.  We talk about ADHD and substance abuse, a child with ADHD who becomes emotionally sensitive with redirection, and something we label, “procrastappointment.”

You can listen to our live Q&A sessions on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live. You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.

Connect with Brendan Mahan

ADHD Essentials Podcast

You’ll Learn:

  • [11:26] - Erica brings up the topic of ADHD and substance abuse.  Brenden and I share our experiences as smokers.
  • [24:04] - Sarah asks if there is a term for her type of procrastination.  We invent one called “procrastappointment.” We share some tips on getting out of this pattern, including not taking appointment cards!
  • [33:38] - Marisol recently had parent-teacher conferences.  The teacher asked about her daughter’s emotional sensitivity.  Brendan shares some of his expertise with this situation.
  • [40:49] - Marisol wonders how to teach her daughter that redirections are not a failure.
  • [47:20] - Rachel asks about self-guided learning and online classes with an ADHD brain.  I share that I consider this to be “registering for good intentions.” Brendan talks about how to create the structure to be successful in this type of endeavor.
  • [51:07] - Sarah asks if we have figured out how to slow down our lives.  I believe she has taken the first step by asking that question. I encourage anyone in this situation to decrease overwhelm by saying “no” like we are passing out candy on Halloween.

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

Our next registration event for the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is this Thursday, November 15th at 11am Central.  This session starts January 7th. To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.  

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

Want to be a guest?

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Direct download: 244_Oct_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is part of a four-episode series of mastermind session.  A mastermind group is a concept that comes from the book, Think and Grow Rich.  We have implemented this concept into our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups. Alumni of our coaching groups have the opportunity to work with me as “addmins,” and those members get an entire hour to sit in the hot seat in our mastermind sessions.

This week, Dan sits in the hot seat.  In this conversation, you will hear Dan talk about over-committing.  He explains why he has a hard time saying “no,” but this results in sometimes not meeting the deadlines.  Dan has a major traveling project coming up, and this situation is the foundation of this discussion.  

You’ll Learn:

  • [8:48] - Dan sets up this conversation and shares that he struggles with overcommitment.
  • [11:44] - Diana asks if Dan has traveled in the trailer before. Dan also talks about setting expectations at work vs. expectations outside of work.
  • [15:14] - I ask Dan how often he ignores the little voice in his head. Dan believes he can be intentional about giving the little voice time to pop up.
  • [17:10] - I share that having a Plan B doesn’t take much time, and the reward is great. Dan talks about his Plan B.
  • [19:08] - Dan explains that he needs to learn how not to say “yes.”
  • [20:18] - Sandra wants to know what Dan has done with this RV project, and how he prioritizes the tasks.
  • [24:31] - Sandra asks more about contingency plans when working with the list.
  • [25:32] - Dan says that there are not hard-stops in their schedule unless it’s for a meeting.
  • [26:39] - Dan says that his list is written in a shared note-taking app that he and his wife can use.
  • [29:54] - Natalie asks Dan if he has considered getting an antenna to boost his cell phone signal. She also asks for examples of little things that need to be done in the house that overwhelm him.
  • [34:15] - I ask Dan for some time-frame dates. I challenge Dan to consider what he would do if he had no time or less time to prepare.
  • [38:58] - Natalie reminds Dan that friends will be coming into his house so that they will be more understanding than a customer.
  • [40:38] - After Dan talks about envisioning looking what “done” looks like. I talk about the difference between a due date and a done date.
  • [49:45] - I ask Dan what the situation would be if he had to tell someone he can’t do something or hit a deadline he committed to.
  • [51:50] - I ask Dan to consider what carries more weight, the current satisfaction of saying “yes,” or the future disappointment of not being able to meet the deadline.
  • [52:46] - Dan explains how it’s possible to build a reputation as the go-to guy, but then expectations can hurt your career.
  • [54:53] - Dan shares that he would be receptive to a suggestion that he seek assistance with a task. I draw a link between Dan’s perfectionism and self-worth.
  • [58:54] - Diana talks about her own personal experience in the area of self-worth. Dan shares what he wants to gain from this journey. 
  • [1:02:46] - I used to say “yes” to everything, and this brought me stress from being overwhelmed. I changed my default answer to “no.”
  • [1:07:22] - Natalie suggests bringing yourself back to the big picture and asking why you want to do something.
  • [1:10:37] - Natalie brings up Dan’s wife and kids. Dan shares an experience from his ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [1:14:33] - Dan admits that he is scared.
  • [1:17:12] - I share how I threatened myself with Workaholics Anonymous.
  • [1:18:55] - Dan shares his takeaways from this conversation. 

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 243_Mastermind_Navigating_Overwhelm_with_Dan_Johnson_3_of_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is part of a four-episode series of mastermind session.  A mastermind group is a concept that comes from the book, Think and Grow Rich.  We have implemented this concept into our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups. Alumni of our coaching groups have the opportunity to work with me as “addmins,” and those members get an entire hour to sit in the hot seat in our mastermind sessions.

This week, Sandra sits in the hot seat.  She explores a topic that a lot of us struggle with and we haven’t really discussed on the podcast.  Sandra feels that she struggles with communication and what she calls “verbal regulation.” In this conversation, you will hear us discuss the issues surrounding communication, and the participants share their experiences and the techniques they employ.

You’ll Learn:

  • [10:21] - Diana was in the hot seat on our last episode, and she committed to scheduling a sleep study.  She shares her progress.
  • [12:44] - Sandra lays the foundation for this discussion.  She would like to talk about what she is calling “verbal regulation.”  
  • [17:06] - Sandra says that neuro-typical people tend to make comments to her on this topic.  
  • [19:04] - Dan asks Sandra about her structure creation skills.  She shares a story about someone comparing her work as something similar to the movie “A Beautiful Mind.”
  • [23:52] - Dan asks a clarifying question about her reactions to compliments.
  • [24:46] - Natalie shares that she had similar situations.  She asks about Sandra’s processing characteristics.
  • [29:02] - Sandra talks about trying to communicate to her co-workers how her brain works without it sounding like an excuse.
  • [30:18] - Diana asks in what types of situations this becomes an issue, and she shares her experience in this area.
  • [34:18] - Diana suggests beta-blockers or alpha-blockers.  
  • [36:20] - Natalie suggests that Sandra talks to her friends about their perceptions of her.
  • [38:28] - We talk about fidgets and the advantage of having a more obvious fidget.
  • [40:23] - We put Sandra’s negative self-talk on trial through role-playing.  
  • [47:19] - I talk with Susan about processing speed and the role it plays in things like communication.
  • [55:05] - Natalie shares that she’s also a slow processor and intelligent person, and she talks about things she does in conversations to help this communication.  
  • [59:22] - Dan explains how he builds trust with people by preparing them for his communication style. He also suggests practicing conversation.
  • [1:01:11] - Sandra finds practicing conversation to be difficult because of other ADHD tendencies. Dan shares how he accomplishes this.
  • [1:03:57] - Sandra talks about a recent course she took on self-observation and self-coaching.  She says that a lot of feedback she got in this discussion reinforces what she learned from that.
  • [1:06:10] - I talk about acceptance being a gift to ourselves and other people.  I also share how slowing my speech has helped me.
  • [1:10:41] - Natalie reminds us that we need to start small.  
  • [1:13:36] - Sandra shares what she would like to learn and improve in the near-future.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 242_Mastermind_Sandra_-_Communication_2_of_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is part of a four-episode series of mastermind session.  A mastermind group is a concept that comes from the book, Think and Grow Rich.  We have implemented this concept into our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability groups. Alumni of our coaching groups have the opportunity to work with me as “addmins,” and those members get an entire hour to sit in the hot seat in our mastermind sessions.

This week, Diana will sit in the hot seat, and we are joined by Natalie, Dan, and Sandra.  The morning routine on non-urgent days is what has Diana hung up right now. Throughout this conversation, you will hear us offer suggestions, tips, techniques, and strategies to help her make these mornings productive.  If you find it difficult to get started in the mornings, you should have plenty of things to try after listening to this episode.

You’ll Learn:

  • [11:02] - The members of this mastermind introduce themselves, including Diana who is sitting in the hot seat this week.
  • [13:57] - Diana shares that she’s been struggling with her morning routine on non-urgent days.
  • [15:30] - Diana talks about the things she’s implemented to try to create some consistency.  
  • [21:05] - Dan asks if Diana has experienced insomnia and what may have caused that lack of sleep.  This leads to a discussion on sleep.
  • [27:02] - Sandra asks about Diana’s medication.  
  • [29:55] - Sandra suggests Diana recall the last time she had a non-urgent morning and it didn’t work out the way she wanted.  
  • [33:16] - I ask Sandra if she’s ok with choosing comfort over courage.
  • [34:47] - Dan shares that when he thinks about data and analyzing what’s working and not working, his mind gets stirred up.  Diana talks about what the pebbles are. These are the small things that seem to trip her up.
  • [37:19] - Natalie shares that this conversation is speaking to her because she shares some of these issues.  She finds herself wasting entire mornings by hitting the snooze button. The Fabulous app is something that has helped her.
  • [40:00] - We discuss the individual steps that could help with her morning routine.
  • [43:38] - Natalie says that the inside of her refrigerator makes for a good dry erase board.
  • [47:26] - I suggest the app, Wake and Shake Alarm and the clocks Clocky and Tocky. I also talk about the Pavlok, which I don’t wholly endorse.
  • [54:30] - Dan asks, “What’s important to you?” when trying to find the motivation to get up and get the day going.  He also suggests finding the areas where other people are depending on her.
  • [57:09] - Natalie explains how she has benefitted from this conversation and the strategies she is going to implement to help her with these areas where she is having trouble.
  • [58:30] - I explain why sleep hygiene is more important than the number of hours of sleep.
  • [1:02:54] - Sandra shares that this discussion reminds her a lot of her own mastermind.  She shares some advice I gave her in that mastermind.
  • [1:08:09] - We talk about using music to motivate in the morning.
  • [1:09:12] - Dan suggests that Diana’s husband helps get her going in the morning.  
  • [1:13:13] - We talk about vitamins, specifically Vitamin B.
  • [1:14:52] - Diana has resisted undergoing a sleep study.  We convince her to make an appointment for a sleep study.
  • [1:16:57] - I suggest morning errands and exercise classes to help Dianna get moving in the mornings.
  • [1:20:28] - Diana shares what she would like to commit to.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 241_Mastermind_-_Morning_Routines_-_Diana_in_the_Hot_Seat_1_of_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Do you say that you “are ADHD” or say that you “have ADHD?”  Through people-first language, we show that people are more than their diagnosis.  However, over time, I’ve come to appreciate how nuanced language is, and how important it is to let people express their identity.  Living with ADHD is a story.  As we change, so does our relationship with ADHD.   

One way I’ve helped people capture their relationship with ADHD is an exercise I’ve been doing with my coaching groups.  I call this exercise, “Dear ADHD.”  I encourage members to write letters to their ADHD.  Since this is ADHD Awareness Month, I invited members of our alumni membership community to write another letter to their ADHD.  What you will hear on this episode is some of those members reading their “Dear ADHD” letters. 

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

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Direct download: 240_Dear_ADHD_-_Special_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of September’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A. This month, our conversation keeps looping back around to play and planning.  

You can listen to our live Q&A sessions on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live. You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.  

Connect with Brendan Mahan

ADHD Essentials Podcast

You’ll Learn:

  • [08:48] - Erica asks about planning fun.  We talk about the struggles of prioritizing, initiating, and planning.
  • [18:10] - Marisol asks how to stay in motion when there’s nothing to react to.  This continues our conversation on planning. Brendan shares how he uses motion to get back on track.
  • [24:47] - Marisol sat in the hot seat in May and talked about diet and exercise.  She gives us an update on her progress.
  • [26:45] - Gerald asks if we have any rules to help us be productive.  We share some of our “guiding principles” to stay on track throughout the day.
  • [32:45] - We talk about trying to diligent about phone usage, specifically between the hours of 9 pm and 9 am.   
  • [36:50] - I share how staying up too late will impact my ability to function with my family.  “It’s about what I want most vs. what I want now.” This leads to a discussion on parenting.
  • [45:35] - Dianna asks Brendan and me what podcasts we enjoy.
  • [52:16] - AJ asks for strategies for making phone calls.  
  • [57:09] - Alyssa wonders how to make yourself do something that seems unbearably boring.   We share our own experiences and share what does and doesn’t work for us.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 239_September_Live_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm CDT

I have two guests joining me in the studio for this episode.  Alex is a proud husband of eight years and is a father to two children.  He teaches special education at the middle school level. His daily practice of mindfulness and meditation has had a profound effect on his life. His ADHD witness story comes into focus in 2008.  The most recent stage of his ADHD journey began with the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. Alison joins Alex (her husband) on this episode. They have known each other since 2008, and she is a mental health nurse.

In this conversation, you will hear Alex and Alison share how they have navigated the obstacle course that is a marriage or relationship with one person who has ADHD and one person who does not.  Alex and Alison discuss their challenges and explain how they resolve conflict.

Connect with Alex:

Email: aganderson1@gmail.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [09:45] - Alex shares how the two met.  He explains why he saw her as mysterious.
  • [12:30] - Alison talks about the impact diagnosis, and medication had on their conversations.
  • [13:46] - Alison was once brought to tears by Alex having a spotlessly clean living area.
  • [16:06] - We talk about our memories from before we started medication.
  • [22:30] - Alison talks about one of their challenges with parenting. Alex describes his feelings when he’s frustrated with his son, who displays some ADHD characteristics.
  • [26:12] - Alison shares how she allows Alex space in some of these difficult situations.
  • [27:47] - Alex struggles with sharing what is happening in his brain.
  • [30:06] - When Alex’s ADHD is winning, Alison takes his reactions personally.
  • [31:55] - I share that non-ADHD spouses can understand ADHD by listening to these conversations.
  • [33:11] - Alex explains how they engage in constructive problem-solving.
  • [37:38] - Alex considers himself lucky to have someone like Allison, who understands his situation.
  • [39:17] - Alison says that she’s needed to explain Alex’s characteristics with her family.
  • [41:10] - We talk about the dance between accommodating and enabling.
  • [50:54] - Alex talks about why he made the decision to join the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  Alison chimes in with developments she’s seen.
  • [55:22] - The two talk about changes they’ve seen since Alex joined the group.
  • [59:20] - Alison shares what she has learned about ADHD since meeting Alex.
  • [1:02:30] - We talk about the long-term aspect of marriage, which involves things like apologizing, and the process of resolving conflict.
  • [1:11:24] - Alex shares his experience with mindfulness.

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Productivity Q&A

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Direct download: 238_A_mixed_marriage_Alex_and_Alison.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Shawn Smith joins me on the podcast this week.  Shawn has his Master’s in Education and Counseling.  He is the proud founder and CEO of Don’t dis-my-ability Consultation Services, an innovative, multi-faceted coming specializing in the emerging field of neurodiversity.  He is a counselor, psychotherapist, and national award-winning entrepreneur.   

Diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive Type at age 30, Shawn struggle through every level of the public education system prior to his diagnosis.  It took Shawn 32 attempts to earn the 18 credits required to graduate high school.  Medication gave Shawn’s brain a jump start it needed to wake from 30 years of slumber, taking his thought process from dial-up to fiber-op.  

In this conversation, you will hear Shawn talk about his company and the services he provides.  He explains why his company being located in a cooperative creates a constructive environment for his work.  Shawn discusses his background, his struggles in school, his diagnosis, and why the entrepreneurial life fits him well.   

Connect with Shawn Smith

Website - Don’t Dis My Ability 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [07:45] - Shawn describes the Villa cooperative, where his business is located.   
  • [09:41] - Shawn provides some details on the services Don’t dis-my-ability provides, and shares how this environment fits him.   
  • [10:47] - Keynotes and workshops are things that Shawn frequently does, and he describes the content of these offerings. 
  • [11:54] - Shawn describes his life before diagnosis as “hell.” 
  • [12:28] - We discuss the idea of being “lazy.” 
  • [14:07] - Shawn describes some of the strategies he uses to stay organized and productive. 
  • [15:47] - Shawn talks about growing up and seeing people around him making changes he wasn’t making. 
  • [18:23] - A labor dispute is what led to Shawn’s diagnosis. 
  • [22:07] - Shawn describes the changes in his life after diagnosis, and he started medication. 
  • [24:06] - Shawn talks about being “snuck in” to college. 
  • [25:26] - We talk about trying to filter out background noise, and I share my technique for accomplishing this.   
  • [28:45] - Shawn shares more specific information on the services Don’t dis-my-ability provides. 
  • [30:35] - Shawn talks about being a social entrepreneur and describes some of the challenges he faces in this role.  We also talk about being drawn to entrepreneurship out of boredom and resentment. 
  • [34:42] - Shawn says the name of his business came from a rap beat he had in his head. 
  • [40:06] - Shawn lists some of the things he does with his company.   
  • [42:50] - Shawn shares how he plans projects. I talk about using Miranda to help with time zones.  We also talk about the challenge of writing checks and addressing envelopes as “macro thinkers.” 
  • [45:49] - Shawn describes how to make context matter. 
  • [48:37] - Shawn talks about his podcasting experience, including his upcoming video podcast, Don’t dis-my-ability Podcast.  
  • [52:50] - Shawn speaks about the term neurodiversity and why it’s being used. 
  • [1:00:05] - I talk about the book Rocket Fuel, and understanding the unique skills we as people with ADHD have. 

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group

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Productivity Q&A 

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Direct download: 237_Dont_Dis-My-Ability_with_Shawn_Smith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Maria Luisa Ruiz Luna joins me on this episode. She is the founder of Wellways, a venture whose goal is to promote a way of living that prioritizes our nature, wellbeing, and peace.  She creates experiences that provide the tools and space for modern humans to thrive by honoring and networking against their individual and biological nature.   

Maria Luisa moved from Peru to Arizona fifteen years ago to attend grad school.  She obtained her degree in neuroscience at the University of Arizona.  Currently, she offers coaching to individuals and workshops to crowds. Focus subjects are related to wellbeing.   

In this conversation, you will hear Maria’s insight into how ADHD impacts her, and how she lives her life.  She points out that we live in a fast-paced society, which is challenging for those of us with ADHD.  She shares some strategies for slowing down, embracing silence, and overcome this busy lifestyle we all live.  

Connect with Maria Luisa Ruiz Luna: 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mruizluna 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [05:18] - Maria starts this conversation by talking about what she trusts, and is in situations that other people view as “crazy.”  
  • [07:15] - According to Maria, having ADHD causes you to constantly try to be someone else.  
  • [09:36] - Maria explains how mindfulness blends with her academic studies involving neuroscience and biology. 
  • [16:17] - Our modern, fast-paced culture can be difficult for us.  Maria shares that we urgently need to be comfortable in our own skin.  
  • [19:12] - Leaving space between activities helps Maria overcome our fast-paced society.   
  • [22:47] - Maria explains what has led her down this path of mindfulness. 
  • [25:25] - It’s easier to be positive when things are going well.  Maria explains how to find gratitude when things are rough. 
  • [32:33] - Maria talks shares how to practice mindfulness when you have ADHD. 
  • [42:18] - Silence is something we desperately need! 
  • [44:40] - Maria says that she always thinks that she doesn’t deserve a break.  But that keeps her from experiencing the clarity of silence.  
  • [45:50] - I walk in the evening, and I’ve been trying to let my mind wander instead of taking in information.  
  • [47:33] - Maria explains why she sees everything as being sacred. 
  • [52:00] - Maria talks about an upcoming trip to Africa, and she explains that she has no plan for this trip.   
  • [55:30] - Our fast-paced society makes things more challenging for those of us with ADHD.  Maria talks about simplifying.   
  • [1:02:12] - Maria and I talk about the idea of “work less, live more.” 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th, and the group is now full.  If you’d like to secure an early spot and an early registration price for our winter session by RSVPing for our registration event on October 4th at 2pm Central.  This session starts January 7th. To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 236_Honoring_Your_Nature_with_Maria_Luisa_Ruiz_Luna.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of August’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.   

This month, we have a few questions on careers.  We talk about exploring careers and finding the one that best suits us and our strengths and weaknesses, and we talk about being successful with a manager or in a workplace that is not necessarily ADHD-friendly.  

If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to September’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [07:09] - Jennifer starts with a question about working for a manager or in an organizational structure that is not friendly to techniques people with ADHD use to thrive.  She also asks about disclosing ADHD.   
  • [18:13] - Nick asks about using rewards to manufacture a habit.   
  • [23:30] - Madeline admits to starting a lot of things, and finishing few of them because of “choice paralysis.”  She asks how to overcome this.  
  • [30:40] - Christian shares a dilemma with us.  He believes he is in the career field he wants to do, but now he’s not sure.  He’s having trouble with blending his passions with his abilities, which are impacted by ADHD.  This leads to a discussion on self-awareness and strengths.   
  • [44:45] - We answer another question about accomplishing career goals.  Brendan and I share our thoughts on satisfaction in careers. 
  • [49:05] - Sheila is worried about being overwhelmed and stressed with her daughter visiting.  She wonders how to get her emotions under control.  We share some ideas with her. 
  • [1:00:30] - Brendan shares how the heat and humidity have impacted his productivity.  
  • [1:03:10] - Brendan asks me how I transition from one minor task to another minor task.  I share my strategy with these situations. 
  • [1:04:45] - Brendan asks how I avoid being derailed by infrequent appointments. This leads to a discussion on cars. 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  If you’d like to try to snag one of the last two spots, RSVP for the last registration event. To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 235_ADHD_August_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Today’s guest is Bob LeVitus.  Bob is the author of more than 80 technical books and has been a columnist for the Houston Chronicle since 1996.  He’s known about his ADHD for almost 20 years, and he says at this point, he considers it “kind of a blessing.”  Bob has a company called Working Smarter for Productions.

Bob is a Mac aficionado, and he’s going to help us understand how he uses different Mac products to improve his productivity, and hopefully help your productivity.  If you don’t have a Mac product, I would encourage you to still listen to this conversation.  Bob says that most of his information is applicable across other platforms.

In this conversation, Bob shares a ton of great tips for organization and time management. You will hear us discuss lots of apps and services. If you would like to take Bob’s course, you can get it 50% off!  The coupon code is ADHD reWired.

Connect with "Dr. Mac":

Website - http://WorkingSmarterForMacUsers.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:50] - Bob shares his ADHD story.
  • [09:46] - Being in a group for adults with ADHD was more beneficial for Bob than individual therapy.
  • [11:17] - Bob explains that he tried several strategies for organization and time management.
  • [12:40] - Bob describes the Pomodoro Technique.
  • [14:33] - Not a single one of David Allen’s suggestions worked for Bob.
  • [15:56] - Bob talks about time-blocking and keeping himself in the chair.
  • [17:16] - I talk about one of the oldest documented descriptions of ADHD.
  • [18:41] - We talk about predicting the amount of time a task should take you and comparing that to the amount of time it actually takes.
  • [20:17] - Bob talks about typing speed, and suggests TypingTest.com to test yourself and improve your typing speed.
  • [22:35] - Most thinner keyboards actually slow your typing speed down.  Bob talks about keyboards built in a manner that helps your typing.
  • [25:44] - We talk about using dictation and enhanced dictation.  Bob compares Dragon to the built-in dictation on Mac.
  • [28:40] - Bob shares how he uses voice with his iOS devices.
  • [33:53] - I share that I wish location reminders were able to be micro-location reminders.
  • [35:36] - When Bob was writing an article, he discovered weird things you can get Siri to answer.  This leads us to a rabbit hole and a beat-boxing Siri.
  • [39:56] - Bob talks about how you can create snippets or shortcuts on Mac and iOS.
  • [48:00] - Bob suggests not obsessively checking email. He shares ways to pry yourself away from the inbox.
  • [49:52] - Bob doesn’t pay for many services, but he pays for Sanebox.
  • [52:03] - Turn off your notifications!
  • [52:40] - Bob used to believe he was great at multitasking. He now realizes he CAN’T multitask.
  • [54:53] - We talk about the amount of time it takes to create or break a habit.
  • [56:16] - Bob talks about the Pomodoro Technique app he likes to use, Zonebox.
  • [56:55] - I talk about one of my favorite apps, NextMeeting.
  • [58:35] - I share how I use AutoSilent.
  • [1:00:06] - Focus At Will is a paid service that we have both used in the past.
  • [1:01:52] - I share that Bose headphones have helped my focus.
  • [1:03:07] - Bob talks about how he organizes the apps on his iPhone.
  • [1:05:03] - Bob attributes almost all of his weight loss to the Apple Watch.
  • [1:08:00] - I share a usage monitoring tool for the iPhone, which leads to a confession.

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Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 21st.  Registration ends this week! To learn more or RSVP for a registration event, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

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: 234_Tech_Tools_with_Dr._Mac.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Katie Schonwit joins me on this episode.  Katie is a 30-year old Brooklyn, NY native who is a Senior Office Manager and an Executive Assistant, a gamer, and a nerd extraordinaire.  After her mother passed away when she was 18, she was forced to grow up and struggled for years until she was finally diagnosed with ADHD a year ago.  She is now on a path of self-discovery.   

In this conversation, you will hear Katie’s story.  Katie has experienced a lot in life, but you will hear that she has the perseverance to get past any barrier she encounters.  She talks about her childhood, the early and sudden death of her mother, an abusive relationship, and multiple miscarriages.   

Connect with Katie Schonwit: 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/KatieCuppyCakeMakeUp 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:47] - Katie describes her life pre-diagnosis.   
  • [09:53] - Katie shares her family situation growing up, including her mother’s sudden death.  Now, Katie can appreciate her even more. 
  • [13:55] - Katie talks about working retail and her work history.  She explains why she has stayed at her current job.   
  • [17:51] - Katie shares her experience in an abusive relationship.  
  • [21:03] - Katie talks about her relationship with her fiance.  
  • [22:44] - Katie was prompted to seek an evaluation because of a subway sign.  
  • [26:20] - Katie describes the grieving process around her evaluation.   
  • [28:06] - In the last year, Katie has gone on a path of self-discovery, and she explains her growth.   
  • [31:20] - Katie shares a message for anyone who is recently diagnosed.    
  • [35:55] - I talk about my past experience with Minecraft.  
  • [42:59] - Katie talks about some of the hardships she’s faced recently.  
  • [53:40] - Katie describes how it felt to “come clean” about what she has been going through with her accountability group.   
  • [56:11] - Katie talks about her action steps regarding pregnancy.  
  • [58:44] - Katie talks about her YouTube channel. 
  • [59:50] - There is a profound underrepresentation of women in gaming. 
  • [1:05:30] - Katie shares that she’d like to cover the miscarriage experiences on her YouTube channel.  
  • [1:09:36] - Katie dedicates to start working on her YouTube channel this weekend.   

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Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  Our next, and possibly last registration event is coming up this Thursday at 4pm Eastern.  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 233_We_Fall_So_We_Can_Rise_with_Katie_Schonwit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Today’s episode is the final installment of our special series of mastermind sessions we recorded with a small group of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group alumni.   

This episode is Tina’s turn in the hot seat.  When you listen, think about what questions you would have asked and what ideas you would have shared.  Then, share them with us in the comments section of this episode, or tweet at me @EricTivers

In this conversation, we are going to help Tina address some challenges she’s having in her business. If you struggle with emotional flooding, overwhelm, or decision-making, you will like this episode.  If you are an entrepreneur, I think you’ll love this episode.   

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:14] - Tina describes the issue she would like to mastermind in this conversation. 
  • [07:11] - Tina shares what her career is, and where these situations tend to arise.  
  • [10:54] - Tina identifies which situations trigger these emotional responses. 
  • [13:18] - Marisol asks Tina if she could have her lawyer involved in some of these conversations from the beginning. 
  • [14:58] - Natalie asks some detailed financial questions to put things into context.  
  • [18:56] - Erica asks if Tina could start conversations earlier to avoid some issues. 
  • [22:35] - Will asks if there is any sign that a client could cause problems, and if there’s a way to prepare for that.   
  • [25:19] - Tina shares some insight into the nature of her business.  She also explains that she has no qualms evicting people.  I talk about the importance of bending the world to us, and not spending time working in areas that are not our strengths. 
  • [26:54] - Natalie talks about using intuition and identifying problem clients.  
  • [29:24] - I ask a general question about real estate on renting vs. selling.  
  • [31:26] - Will brings up the fact that Tina has been considering moving.  
  • [34:29] - Erica comments that Tina is very professional and straight-forward, so when she’s faced with people who don’t operate in the same manner, it is upsetting. 
  • [35:55] - Will shares his techniques for handling specific situations.  I share the STOPP method. 
  • [43:39] - Marisol asks Tina about meditation or mindfulness practices. 
  • [47:22] - Will talks about anxiety, how it impacts him, and how he works through it. 
  • [50:38] - Tina dives a little deeper into her current position.  
  • [54:00] - I ask Tina, “What is the one thing you can do to make this easier?” 
  • [57:48] - Natalie goes over some organizational structure with Tina.  
  • [1:01:23] - Tina shares her takeaways from this conversation. 
  • [1:02:33] - We check in on progress from previous discussions. 

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Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 232_Mastermind_Tena_-_Overcoming_Emotional_Storms_in_Business.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of July’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.  In this conversation, you will hear us discuss perfectionism, procrastination, and many other topics.  You will even hear what prompted me to request a medication change.  

If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to August’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:13] - Brendan launched his coaching group the day this was recorded.  Brendan talks about making structure and systems successful, which he covered with this group. 
  • [09:33] - I explain why I recently requested a medication change. 
  • [12:25] - Brendan puts on his coaching hat with me. 
  • [13:52] - Erica asks why perfectionism has such an effect on people with ADHD.  We share our personal thoughts and experiences on this topic. 
  • [22:12] - Sara weighs in from the chat and says, “Procrastination is my out from perfectionism.”  This can be a good strategy. 
  • [22:50] - Marisol asks how to stop the drive of perfectionism when you recognize it. 
  • [25:37] - Marisol has a follow-up question.  She says that at the moment, she acknowledges she’s overdoing it, but it’s hard to stop.  
  • [28:40] - Brendan talks about disconnecting physically, but struggling to disconnect mentally.  
  • [36:05] - Sara says that when her students use fidgets, it’s distracting for others.  Brendan explains that her students need to understand it’s a fidget, not a toy.  I also share my feelings on this topic. 
  • [41:35] - Gina asks the difference between rejection sensitive dysmorphia and regular rejection feeling bad.    
  • [45:59] - Carl joins the call.  His husband has done a lot of research about ADHD, but at times, he sees Carl’s ADHD as work.  He would like his husband to understand his struggles.   

Your Resources: 

Procrastination on Purpose: 5 Permissions on Multiply Your Time - Rory Vaden 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 231_July_Q_and_A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This week, we have another special episode for you.  This is the next installment in a series of mastermind sessions that I did with a few members of the coaching group alum. 

This episode is Natalie’s turn in the hot seat.  You may remember Natalie from Episode 223. When you listen, think about what questions you would have asked and what ideas you would have shared.  Then, share them with us in the comments section of this episode, or tweet at me @EricTivers

In this conversation, we talk with Natalie about her business.  The bulk of the conversation is on figuring out how she can narrow her focus and building her website. These are the two things that we determine will lead to immediate income.   

You’ll Learn: 

  • [09:49] - Natalie lays the groundwork for this conversation.  She launched her business ten years ago, but feels overwhelmed and is looking for guidance.  
  • [11:08] - Natalie shares what she is doing with her business right now.  
  • [14:45] - Will asks Natalie about her business’ social media presence.  
  • [15:38] - Erica wonders how Natalie would like to divide and spend her time.  
  • [18:52] - Tina brings up the topic of blogging.  Natalie explains that she has a few written, but she has not published them yet. She also explains how she will produce the blog as a video. 
  • [21:26] - Marisol asks Natalie if she’s able to devote her entire work day to her business.  She talks about the distractions she faces during the day and explains how her medication helps with this.  
  • [23:15] - Erica talks about the paralyzation we can feel with the number of social media outlets.  She asks Natalie if she can focus on her specific platforms because that’s where her audience is.  
  • [28:50] - I ask Natalie which medium she could develop to make posting on social media easier or unnecessary.  This leads to a discussion on how she can show people that she’s good at what she does. 
  • [33:07] - Tina gives Natalie an idea for video, focusing on the emotional aspect of organization. 
  • [37:30] - Erica compliments Natalie’s “hot box” strategy for desks.   
  • [38:36] - Will suggests that Natalie raise her prices, without even knowing where her pricing is.  He explains the thought process behind this.  
  • [43:45] - I ask Natalie what the one thing is that she could finish that would make everything else easier or unnecessary.  
  • [45:23] - Because Natalie also speaks French, she would like to market to the French-speaking community. We talk about the practicality of doing this.  
  • [51:00] - Marisol asks if Natalie should break down information so that she can get it out more quickly in a manner that would be better suited for people with ADHD.  
  • [52:53] - Erica asks Natalie how she markets the ADHD component of her business. 
  • [58:18] - Marisol suggests partnering with someone to share ideas. 
  • [59:44] - Erica asks Natalie if she is connected with therapists and psychologists. 
  • [1:01:55] - Marisol brings up something she heard on The Jordan Harbinger Show on networking.  
  • [1:03:16] - Will reminds Natalie (and everyone) that you should network before you need it.  
  • [1:04:30] - Tina suggests writing hand-written notes.  
  • [1:05:05] - Erica reminds Natalie that therapists protect their clients, so she needs to show that she is trustworthy, and this could take some time. 
  • [1:07:04] - Natalie shares the commitments she would like to make, going forward.  This leads to a discussion on language and publishing the website in French. 

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Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

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: 230_Mastermind_Nathalie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Over the next few weeks, you’re going to hear a few very special episodes that are a part of a series of mastermind sessions that I did with a few members of the coaching group alum.   

On this episode, Erika is on the hot seat over travel challenges.  She explains the aspects of traveling that give her the most trouble.  Then, other members of the mastermind ask questions and share ideas and advice to help Erika overcome these situations. 

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:53] - Marisol starts things off by giving us a little update on our last mastermind conversation, which was in Episode 220.  
  • [12:03] - Erika lays the groundwork for this discussion on traveling.   
  • [15:48] - I share that over the years, I have become less interested in leaving the house.  I like being places, but I don’t like going places. 
  • [18:19] - Will asks for clarification on the source of Erika’s anxiety in these situations. 
  • [19:46] - Marisol asks how long these vacations or trips are.  
  • [21:53] - Natalie is a professional organizer with a lot of experience in this area.  She says she understands Marisol’s need to have things clean before she leaves, and provides a few tips. 
  • [27:09] - I speculate that Marisol is experiencing executive functioning anxiety, and share some other examples of this.  
  • [29:41] - Tina asks if routine would help alleviate pressure and anxiety. 
  • [31:50] - Will shares something he recently read in a Brene Brown book that is related to this conversation. 
  • [33:08] - I ask Marisol to consider the one thing she would like to accomplish on a short trip. 
  • [34:42] - Marisol points out the time restrictions on these shorter vacations.   
  • [38:22] - We discuss the issues around clothing and body issues and traveling. 
  • [44:27] - Will says that he doesn’t have as much time as he thinks he does during the day.  He has a trip coming up, and he talks about making a list of things to do when he returns.   
  • [47:05] - We talk about the idea that this anxiety is caused by a disturbance in routine. This leads to a discussion about negative talk and staying positive in this situation.  
  • [52:53] - Natalie revisits the discussion on clothing size and options.  
  • [59:37] - I talk about the five-second rule, which sometimes works for me.   
  • [1:01:54] - Natalie offers help as her accountability partner.   
  • [1:02:27] - Erika shares her action steps, moving forward.   

Your Resources: 

The 4-Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss 
Rising Strong - Brene Brown 
The Five Second Rule:  Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage - Mel Robbins 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  To learn more or RSVP for the group registration, go to http://CoachingreWired.com  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

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Direct download: 229_Mastermind_Erika_Travel_challenges.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:24pm CDT

On this episode, I am joined by two guests in my studio.  These two people are in, what we are calling, a “mixed (almost) marriage,” where one of the partners has been diagnosed with ADHD.  Emily and Josh, a couple from Chicago, have been together for three years and sat behind my mics for this conversation.   

Josh has ADHD and Emily does not.  He was diagnosed with ADHD right before they met, so his journey has coincided with their relationship.  Josh works as a support engineer at a tech company and codes on the side for fun.  Emily works at a non-profit for middle and high school girls.   

In this conversation, you will hear Josh and Emily share the techniques and strategies they have discovered and created to have a successful mixed relationship.  The discussion includes their stories, their experiences, and their intentional efforts to overcome.

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:25] - Josh talks about his diagnosis.  He met Emily a few months later, and he recounts his first impressions and conversation. 
  • [09:00] - Emily and Josh talk about the step of moving in with each other.  Emily explains what it was like to move in with someone with ADHD.  
  • [12:12] - Emily shares a tip she learned on this podcast. 
  • [14:25] - We talk about self-awareness being part of executive functioning. 
  • [17:00] - Emily talks about the discoveries they have made.  
  • [20:16] - Emily shares that Josh is quick to look at the system, and look for a solution that involves technology. 
  • [23:50] - Josh shares two changes he’s made with technology that has helped them.  This leads to a discussion on setting alarms. 
  • [27:30] - Josh and Emily share what they have learned from each other.  Emily says that Josh has helped her leave open space on her calendar.  
  • [30:26] - Emily gives some advice to the neurotypical person in a mixed marriage.   
  • [33:32] - Emily talks about the idea of suggesting someone “try harder” or “focus more.” 
  • [40:53] - Emily and Josh explain how they have names for features of ADHD.   
  • [48:40] - Emily says if you are with someone who was diagnosed as an adult, they are probably beating themselves up for things that have happened over the years. 
  • [49:45] - Josh explains that Emily pauses and gives Josh time to come up with the words to convey what he is going through.  He provides an example. 
  • [56:23] - Emily explains “the true step one.” 
  • [59:37] - Josh shares what he finds challenging about Emily, as she is neurotypical.  He goes on to explain how people with ADHD have an advantage with systems in this time of technological intrusion. 
  • [1:05:50] - Emily describes some strategies that help her in this relationship. 

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Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

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Direct download: 228_An_ADHD_and_Non_ADHD_Couple.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Joining me on the podcast this week is Jake Stauch.  Jake is the founder and CEO of NeuroPlus, a company that has developed a platform for helping ADHD children and adults with brain sensing technology.  Prior to NeuroPlus, Jake founded NeuroSpire, which used brain scans to test advertising effectiveness.  Jake previously worked at Duke Center for Cognitive Science. He’s been named to the Forbes 30 under 30. His works have been featured in Rolling Stone, Popular Science, and IEEE.   

Brain activity is different for individuals with ADHD and neurotypical individuals, and Jake and his company, NeuroPlus, are working in the world of games with neurofeedback.  In this conversation, you will hear Jake talk about the science, the questions, and the research they have seen in this area.   

Connect with Jake Stauch: 

Website - http://neuro.plus  

You’ll Learn: 

  • [05:22] - Jake explains how he got into this realm, and why he calls himself a skeptic. 
  • [07:37] - Jake says that what NeuroPlus is doing is geared towards both children and adults.  
  • [08:13] - Jake provides us with a summary of where the research is right now with neurofeedback. 
  • [14:17] - Jake explains some problems with the way neurofeedback is done.  
  • [16:25] - I read a piece of an article that I found in researching for this episode. Jake shares some thoughts on that information. 
  • [19:50] - I read another passage from an article that speaks to the effectiveness of neurofeedback.  Jake responds to some of these questions around neurofeedback. 
  • [23:30] - Jake talks about the risk for people looking to explore neurofeedback.  
  • [24:45] - I share that one of my concerns about neurofeedback is the claim of being “all natural.” 
  • [26:48] - Jake explains some of the mindset behind marketing neurofeedback.  
  • [28:13] - Jake describes some of the challenges with implementing the science and research with the delivery of the product.  
  • [34:39] - Jake talks about Calypso, which is one of the games I experienced.  
  • [37:44] - During the game, my mind wandered, but it said that I was focused.  Jake explains what was happening.  
  • [39:34] - We talk about the idea of seeing brain waves during the games.   
  • [41:55] - Jake explains that he started this company, and how they are not popular with other companies in the space.   
  • [44:00] - When asked about data, Jake says that because of privacy protocols, they actually do not currently store raw brainwave data.  
  • [45:18] - Jake is looking for participants and researchers.  
  • [46:25] - Jake says that he is excited by the question, “What else can we help people with this type of technology?” 
  • [47:35] - Jake talks about how the company would handle things if the product were discovered not to be effective.  
  • [48:37] - We talk about how this technology could be introduced into popular games. 
  • [50:16] - Jake talks about the future of his business. 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

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Direct download: 227_Neurofeedback_-_can_it_really_help.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of June’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.  

If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to July’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [07:07] - Sandra joins the call to ask a few questions.  She wonders how to manage RSD.  
  • [19:50] - We answer the question, “What should every ADHD house have?”  We share some of the items we use regularly.  Brendan also talks about what to look for in a house. 
  • [27:21] - A listener asks how to declutter a room and manage storage.  
  • [33:35] - We discuss what an ADHD house should NOT have.  
  • [40:45] - David joins the call and asks about ADHD advocacy.   
  • [47:10] - A live viewer asks about strategies and routines for sticking to day-to-day schedules, and avoiding burnout.  
  • [58:58] - After talking about my graham cracker addiction, Max joins the call to talk about diet and nutrition. 

Your Resources: 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our fall season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group will begin September 24th.  Registration dates and times will be announced later.  If you’d like an email to let you know when registration is opening, sign up at http://ADHDreWired.com  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

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Direct download: 226_June_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Natalie Walker joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Natalie is a multi-creative who has tackled some pretty big dreams and always has been determined never to allow her different brain to define or stifle what she has gone after in her life.  She’s a mom, a songwriter, a makeup artist, a chef, and probably a bunch of other things!   

Natalie is a creative artist, and I think you will enjoy this conversation with Natalie about her background, her ADHD diagnosis, and her music.  She talks about how her music career started, while she was away at college.  She shares how she gets herself in the right mindset to create art, and she also shares some advice for struggle creatives.   

Connect with Natalie Walker: 

iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/natalie-walker/152140052 
Pandora - https://www.pandora.com/artist/natalie-walker/AR36jkjxvXfhK9J 
Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/31Az4QOGpXowht4dz0ks7a 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [04:23] - Natalie recently discovered this podcast. We talk about how this conversation came to be.  
  • [05:55] - Natalie shares her ADHD story, starting in childhood. 
  • [14:07] - Natalie recounts her high school years when she continued to immerse herself in music.  
  • [19:10] - After high school, Natalie talks about attempting college, connecting with musicians, quitting college, moving to Philadelphia, and having a baby. 
  • [26:00] - Natalie shares where some of her music has been used.  
  • [28:03] - “Urban Angel” is her favorite album, and she talks about her songwriting style.  
  • [29:53] - On our break, we play one of Natalie’s songs, “Quicksand.” 
  • [34:24] - Natalie talks about her creative process when it comes to writing music.  
  • [39:43] - Natalie’s music has a dark/melancholy tone to it.  She explains how the music allows her to tell her story and bring out things she usually doesn’t verbalize. 
  • [42:28] - In order to get herself into the right mindset and place, she needs to separate herself from her regular life to write music. 
  • [44:25] - Because the amount of time she has for writing is limited, she feels that the pressure actually helps her write music.  
  • [51:08] - Natalie shares some words of wisdom for struggling creatives. 
  • [55:08] - Natalie says that while she hasn’t written songs about ADHD, there may be some indirect relationship between her music and ADHD. She could see herself writing about ADHD in the future. 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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Direct download: 225_Finding_the_Magic_with_Natalie_Walker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Jason Warren joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Jason is a writer, theatre director, and acting teacher based in London, UK.  This autumn, he will go to Bucharest to help build Romania’s first large-scale interactive production.  He trains actors in London, and his experience with ADHD and neurodiversity are a fundamental part of the skills he teaches.   

In this conversation, you will hear Jason talk about his career and how his recent ADHD diagnosis impacts it.  We cover many topics in the episode, including decision fatigue, routine, language, task management, and much more.   

Connect with Jason Warren: 

Twitter - @AxisCarthage 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [03:32] - Jason describes the school where he trains actors. 
  • [04:02] - Jason shares his background with acting and the theatre. 
  • [05:27] - “Creating Worlds” is Jason’s book, and he talks about the purpose of this book. 
  • [08:14] - Jason’s mother introduced him to the theatre at around five-years-old. He describes his journeys in acting and ADHD. 
  • [14:02] - Jason says that at around age 22 or 23, he benefited from support.  Now he gets to provide support to others. 
  • [17:22] - Jason was recently diagnosed with ADHD.  He also talks about his dyspraxia diagnosis.  
  • [20:50] - With his ADHD in mind, Jason shares how he navigates the tasks of his job. He shares how ADHD positively and negatively impacts his ability to do his job. 
  • [24:43] - Jason explains how he uses language to create actionable items. 
  • [30:56] - I share a concept I teach in my groups.  We need to assume we’re going to forget everything.  
  • [32:43] - Jason says that when he implemented changes with his organizational strategies, he lost flexibility.   
  • [41:32] - Jason talks about the areas he is working on to manage his ADHD. 
  • [48:36] - Jason says he handles the work/life struggle as a freelancer “with difficulty.” 
  • [53:17] - We discuss hyper-focus.   
  • [1:00:33] - Jason shares some of his thoughts on the idea of a growth mindset.   
  • [1:03:45] - If you are a freelancer or entrepreneur, Jason has a few words of wisdom for you. 

Your Resources: 

Creating Worlds: How to Make Immersive Theatre - Jason Warren

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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Direct download: 224_Creatives_Doing_Freelance_with_Jason_Warren.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Nathalie Pedicelli joins me on the podcast this week.  Nathalie is a professional organizer and an ADHD organizer coach-in-training.  She wants to live in a world where people with ADHD are recognized as geniuses, where asking questions and challenging the status quo is a good thing.  With over 25 years of organizing people, events, and places, she is a speaker on how organization helps people with ADHD live a less chaotic and more productive life.  

On this episode, Nathalie will share her knowledge and experience in the area of organization.  She shares her history of organizing, and in our conversation, we tackle many areas of life where organization can be a real struggle.  In this conversation, Nathalie gives us all practical tips to implement to become more organized.  

Connect with Nathalie Pedicelli: 

Website: http://organizethrivemonetize.com  
Email: nat@organizethrivemonetize.com 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [03:45] - Nathalie talks about an RV she converted to an office.  
  • [06:12] - Nathalie describes what a organizational coach is.  
  • [11:15] - Nathalie shares her history of organizing, and explains that this was a natural thing for her.  
  • [15:58] - Seeing creative potential in things can cause people to collect things.  Nathalie talks about her experience working with people that engage in this behavior. 
  • [20:38] - Nathalie explains how the fear of missing out contributes to hoarding. 
  • [26:21] - Deciding what to keep and what to get rid of can be a difficult task for many people. Nathalie explains how to view these situations.  
  • [29:10] - I have heard that it’s best to decide on whether or not to keep an item without touching it.  Nathalie is able to draw on her experience and talk about this idea. 
  • [35:44] - I ask Nathalie for some coaching advice for our kitchen counters.  She covers some organizational strategies. 
  • [48:00] - Nathalie describes the purpose of a sanity basket. 
  • [50:48] - Meal preparation can be a challenge for people with ADHD.  Nathalie shares some meal prep tips. 
  • [56:22] - For many people, the garage is a dumping ground.  Nathalie gives some rules for having an organized garage.  
  • [1:00:28] - Nathalie explains her statement, “When you’re sorting, there’s no deciding.” 
  • [1:01:47] - We have lots of wedding gifts we’ve never used.  Nathalie suggests selling or giving away these items. 
  • [1:04:19] - Nathalie suggests throwing an event to get an organizing project completed. 
  • [1:07:14] - Nathalie shares several organizational quick tips. 
  • [1:11:28] - Nathalie suggests a few books, ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life and Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD.  

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

Want to be a guest? 

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Direct download: 223_Organize_This_with_Nathalie_Pedicili.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of May’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  Brendan Mahan once again joins me on this Q&A.  

If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to May’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:30] - Marisol joins the call and asks a question about her daughter that involves hair-pulling.  We discuss some fidgets that may help. 
  • [16:45] - Krystal asks for advice on balancing work and school.   
  • [21:43] - Amber has “mountains of stuff” to sort and place.  She is looking for assistance with strategies.   
  • [31:16] - Amber needs to find an internship and asks about finding the courage to do it.  
  • [37:42] - Shawn was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and asks if the symptoms can get “worse” for adults.  I talk about the environment as a variable. 
  • [45:27] - Shawn asks a follow-up question about medication.  I suggest that he start a medication journal.   
  • [47:49] - Kent needs help getting focused when he sits at his desk to work.  I share my own experience.   
  • [56:40] - Our last question is about dealing distraction in high-stress or crises situations.  

Your Resources: 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our summer sessions are now full, but if you would like to join the wait list for our summer season, schedule a call at http://coachingrewired.com. In our last three seasons, most of our wait list people were able to join!  Our fall season will begin September 24th.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 222_May_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Jackie Basham joins me on the podcast this week.  Jackie is a wife, mother, and grandmother.  She has a degree in public health, and scattered around her house are several certificates of graduation.  She is an artist and currently has art hanging in two galleries in Springfield, Missouri.  She is a substitute teacher and maintains her sanity by running, yoga, and nature.  Jackie has probably prepared about 8,000 meals in the past two decades. 

In this discussion, you will hear Jackie tell her ADHD story, and she shares some of her personal philosophies.  You’ll hear how Jackie developed these philosophies and strategies, and how she has (and sometimes hasn’t) been successful with them.   

Connect with Jackie Basham: 

Website:  http://YourADHDRoadmap.com 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [04:56] - Jackie explains what she means by “sh*t-storms and unicorns.” 
  • [07:27] - At age 49, Jackie realized she has ADHD. This was when she hit the wall of awful. 
  • [10:25] - Jackie shares a story that is a perfect example of her black and white thinking. 
  • [11:42] - Learn as much as you can about about ADHD and your own ADHD. 
  • [12:09] - Jackie says you should “own your own crap.” 
  • [14:35] - Jackie explains how she learned everything she could about ADHD, which included listening to a lot of podcasts.   
  • [15:35] - Jackie shares how she takes what she learns and puts it into practice.  
  • [19:10] - Jackie describes the things that have been vital for her healing. 
  • [20:43] - Criticism and a lack of affirmation in childhood contributed to Jackie’s story. 
  • [22:57] - We talk about letting go of comparison, and focusing on the right things. 
  • [27:00] - Jackie talks about the transition away from being a mom. 
  • [31:35] - Jackie experienced failure on a daily basis with getting her stuff together.  But now she’s rewriting that narrative. 
  • [34:42] - It’s all about progress, and Jackie shares how she’s struggled with certain aspects of ADHD coaching.  
  • [37:18] - Jackie says that scheduling software would help her and her clients with ADHD coaching. 
  • [39:04] - A lack of marketing and self-promoting is something that Jackie feels holds her back. 
  • [46:07] - We talk about making things more complicated than they need to be.  
  • [53:17] - An auto-scheduling tool is essential for people with ADHD who schedule appointments with clients. 
  • [54:28] - We come up with a list of things Jackie needs to do to get squared away with her coaching. 
  • [59:43] - Jackie shares how to go from the sh*t-storm to the the unicorn.  

Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Our summer sessions are now full, but if you would like to join the wait list for our summer season, schedule a call at http://coachingrewired.com. In our last three seasons, most of our wait list people were able to join!  Our fall season will begin September 24th.   

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

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I think you’re going to love this week’s episode. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while.  On this episode, you will hear a mastermind session we recently did with my alumni admin team.  The idea of a mastermind was introduced by the book Think and Grow Rich.  The idea is that a group of people convene, and someone experiencing a challenge sits in the hot seat.  Instead of just trying to solve their problem on their own, the group becomes their mastermind.  

On this episode, you’re going to hear Marisol talk about her struggle with diet and exercise.  Marisol shares her history with weight loss and healthy eating and talks about where she is in this area of her life now.  Several participants ask clarifying questions, which help us explore other areas of this topic.  By the end of the conversation, Marisol has a clear vision of what she needs to do and how she’s going to do it.  

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:31] - Marisol explains what her current struggle is.  She says that she’s experienced a weight issue for about half of her life.  She is looking for guidance on food choices and exercise.  
  • [09:04] - Marisol says she can stick with an exercise routine for a few weeks or a few months.   
  • [11:37] - Marisol explains herself as a obliger with a little bit of rebellion.  
  • [12:38] - When asked about her sleep, Marisol describes her sleep patterns. 
  • [13:22] - Evening snacking tends to be a trouble-spot for Marisol. 
  • [14:42] - Marisol shares what food tempts her the most, and when/why it tempts her. 
  • [17:03] - After struggling with moderation, Marisol realized this strategy does not work for her.  
  • [19:41] - Marisol explains why she wants to make these changes in her life. 
  • [22:17] - Since she already feels like she’s not home enough, the idea of going to the gym seems tough. 
  • [26:32] - Marisol describes her evening routine. 
  • [28:34] - After recently doing a taekwondo session with her daughter, she enjoyed it quite a bit.   
  • [33:53] - A participant encourages Marisol to consider a gym with childcare services. 
  • [35:13] - Tina references the book, Better Than Before, and she explains how we struggle with the back and forth. 
  • [37:52] - Marisol says that she has not discussed diet and body image with her children.  She explains why this is the case.  I share how I discuss this with my son. 
  • [39:57] - Natalie comments that Marisol has some factors working in her favor.   
  • [42:15] - Another participant talks about the book, It’s Not About the Broccoli.  
  • [45:48] - Erica shares the difficulty women have in the areas of body image.   
  • [48:01] - Without thinking about the outcome, Marisol shares some of her steps in the process.  
  • [52:00] - Marisol finishes this thought, “I am a person who…” 
  • [53:36] - I ask Marisol how she will remember this in the future.  
  • [58:05] - Marisol shares which commitments she wants to make in this area of her life. 
  • [1:01:12] - Marisol talks about the experience of being on the hot seat.  

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Gabriel Villarreal comes back on the podcast this week.  Gabriel is a resident in counseling and soon to be a licensed practicing counselor.  He owns a part-time practice in ADHD counseling in Roanoke Valley, where he helps children and adults manager and master their ADHD superpowers.  Additionally, he owns Lost Boys Strength and Conditioning and is the host of Informed Consent, a weekly podcast supporting incoming clinicians in the mental health field.  

On this episode, you will hear Gabriel, and I discuss diet and exercise.  While we like to stay rooted in science on this podcast, the science in these areas is emerging.  However, Gabriel shares information on where science is taking us on these topics, and he shares the knowledge he has gained from his experience.   

Connect with Gabriel Villarreal: 

Websites - http://RoanokeADHD.com  http://lostboyssnc.com 
Email - gabriel@lostboyssnc.com 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [09:25] - Gabriel shares where he currently is in his practice.  
  • [11:46] - Gabriel discusses his educational background, specifically in the area of exercise and diet.  
  • [14:17] - These are areas where there isn’t a lot of hard data.  This means the conventional wisdom is always changing.  Gabriel explains why this is the case. 
  • [18:36] - Gabriel defines BDNF.  
  • [20:05] - Gabriel shares the max heart rates for boys and girls. 
  • [21:22] - Gabriel talks about weightlifting.  
  • [23:35] - I describe my exercise routine, and Gabriel says there is no right or wrong routine.  
  • [31:33] - Gabriel talks about the app Zombies, Run, and encourages people to listen to music or audiobooks when they exercise.  
  • [35:45] - Gabriel says that the most significant thing parents reported to him, is that children go to bed better on days they work out.  
  • [36:31] - I share that I suffer from seasonal affective disorder.  Gabriel shares some thoughts on going through these regular events. 
  • [43:57] - Gabriel shares that he transitioned to the bulletproof diet a number of months ago.  He describes this diet and lifestyle change.  
  • [46:30] - I share the difference between focus and hyperfocus.  
  • [51:20] - We talk about the negative aspects of sugar. 
  • [55:59] - Gabriel explains why people with ADHD can struggle with diet and exercise. 
  • [59:56] - Gabriel says there are tremendous benefits to having a coach. 
  • [1:00:43] - Gabriel shares some current diet fads and describes them. 
  • [1:05:08] - Gabriel encourages you to read Mark Sisson’s books if you want to be healthy and you don’t want to look into the science. 
  • [1:05:37] - We talk about the importance of drinking water. 

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Direct download: 219_Diet_and_Exercise_with_Gabriel_Villarreal.mp3
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The man, the myth, the legend, David Giwerc joins me on this episode of the podcast.  David is the president of the ADD Coach Academy.  He is a global leader in coach training and education.  ADD Coach Academy is the only comprehensive ADHD coach training program accredited by ICF and PAAC.  His internationally recognized coaching practice is dedicated to empowering ADHD entrepreneurs and executives.  David was recently inducted into the International CHADD Hall of Fame, and he received the coveted ADHD Coaches Organization Founders Award.   

In this conversation, you will hear David share some of his expertise in coaching.  He starts by explaining what coaching brings us as people with ADHD.  He also describes what the purpose of ADHD coaching is, and maybe more importantly, what coaching is NOT.  You’re also going to hear David describe one of his models, the “I Model.”   

Connect with David Giwerc: 

Website - ADDCA.com 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [08:01] - David describes ADHD coaching, and shares why this coaching is unique. 
  • [13:01] - “A really masterful coaching doesn’t need to know a single thing about the thing they’re coaching” is something that resounded with me.  
  • [15:13] - David and I share our thoughts on viewing ADHD as a gift. 
  • [21:40] - David explains it’s easier for him to transition from task to task.  He shares a technique he thinks may help me.  
  • [26:25] - David says that perfectionism paralyzes progress.  He also explains vision vs. revision and perfection vs. excellence.  
  • [29:56] - David talks about feeling emotionally right.   
  • [33:19] - I explain that our internal stories are like breathing.  However, we can be mindful and control our inner voice.  
  • [42:43] - David describes the “I model.”   
  • [57:09] - David talks about accountability and responsibility. 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

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Direct download: 218_Models_for_Coaching_-_David_Giwerc.mp3
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This episode is the recording of April’s live Q&A.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am, once again, joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan. In this discussion, you will hear us discuss several topics, including asking for workplace accommodations, breastfeeding mothers unable to take ADHD medication, imposter syndrome, children “outgrowing” ADHD, and much more.  

If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to May’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:28] - Brendan shares that he recently went to a sensory sensitive comic book convention.   
  • [09:34] - Marisol asks a question about inattentive type ADHD being somewhat rare and those with inattentive type ADHD displaying outbursts when someone disrupts their routine. 
  • [15:27] - Brendan says that people with ADHD struggle with flexible thinking, yet we excel at inspired improvisation.   
  • [19:46] - David asks for suggestions on workplace accommodations. 
  • [28:08] - Kenya is struggling with letter her husband help her set up schedules and routines. 
  • [42:10] - TK asks for advice for a breastfeeding mom unable to take ADHD medication.  
  • [47:47] - A listener says their child’s pediatrician stated children could outgrow ADHD.  We discuss that this is true, and share some thoughts.  
  • [53:44] - A listener shares that her husband has ADHD, and she asks how she can help him with it being a positive experience.  
  • [1:00:48] - Sheila asks about artists who get stuck and don’t know how to move on. I share my own personal experience in this area. 

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group

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Productivity Q&A 

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Marcelle Clowes has always lived with ADHD and Complex-PTSD.  However, she wasn’t diagnosed until her early-30’s. Since then, she has experienced, treatment, healing, acceptance, setbacks, and self-awareness.  Marcelle has attended college many times, held many jobs, and has lived in more cities than she can count.  Her story illuminates the parallels between PTSD and ADHD, what it’s like living with both conditions and how the disorders can contribute to the cycle of family violence.  Marcelle dreams of a career as a freelance writer and a visual artist.  She works with a coalition for anti-violence and has done work around the death penalty.   

In this conversation, you will hear Marcelle share her personal experiences with ADHD and PTSD.  She shares details about her childhood, and she explains that she was the only adult in her house from the day she was born.  Marcelle also talks about raising her own children, and she claims that one of her biggest accomplishments is helping them navigate life.   

In the second half of the episode, we talk about trigger warnings.  Marcelle shares how these impact her, and what traditional and social media can do to better prepare people for these triggers.  She also talks about the difference between a trigger warning and being uncomfortable.  

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:26] - Marcelle tells her ADHD background story.  She explains how the work program at her school helped her graduate and keep her life on track.   
  • [11:42] - Marcelle states that she manages crisis well, and her ADHD helps her in that area of life.  
  • [13:22] - Marcelle shares her what her home-life was like, growing up.  She says that she was the only adult in the house the day she was born.  We talk about “emotional incest,” which is when a parent uses a child to meet their emotional needs.  
  • [16:50] - Marcelle’s mother routinely told her she was the least likely of all of her friends to end up in therapy.  She believed she had “broken the cycle,” and this serves to show the dysfunction in the house.   
  • [19:44] - Marcelle talks about her life in her 20’s.  She was diagnosed with ADHD in the early 2000’s after her children were born.  PTSD was mentioned at that time, but she was not ready to acknowledge this.  
  • [23:50] - Marcelle talks about having twins, and being excited about having children.  She claims that one of her biggest accomplishments is helping them navigate life.  She talks about her and her children’s relationships with the father. 
  • [28:42] - After working with the survivors of violent crimes, Marcelle learned to embrace the terms “survivor” and “victim.” 
  • [29:47] - While doing trauma work for herself, she learned to identify and implement strategies.   
  • [34:05] - Marcelle explains the difference between self-care and numbing.  
  • [38:58] - Marcelle and I discuss trigger warners.  She shares some of her personal triggers and explains how trigger warnings are not always given the space to remove themselves from the situation or avoid them.   
  • [45:50] - Marcelle talks about the difference between being triggered and being uncomfortable. 
  • [47:22] - I share an experience where I used an expression with a friend on the podcast, and a listener brought it to my attention that I used some words I shouldn’t have.  
  • [1:00:24] - Marcelle says that humor is a big part of dealing with trauma.   
  • [1:07:14] - Marcelle shares a message for anyone who wonders if they have PTSD, or knows they do but haven’t done the work with it.   

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Out of the Fog 

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

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Direct download: 216_PTSD_and_ADHD_with_Marcelle_Clowes.mp3
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Lisa Alexoff is an experienced licensed clinical professional counselor with a demonstrated history in the mental health and healthcare fields.  She specializes in helping children, teens, adults, and families in dealing with ADHD, anxiety, and medical issues.  She enjoys collaborating with clients as they discover the next best steps on their journey to a healthier life.   

In this conversation, you will hear Lisa’s ADHD story.  Right now, the group of people being diagnosed with ADHD at the highest rate is women over 40.  This was when Lisa realized she has ADHD.  We talk about some of the developments in ADHD diagnosis in women.   

The bulk of this discussion revolves around motivation.  Lisa explains that ADHD is about energy management. If we can put our energy in the right place, we can be successful.  Lisa tells us that we are motivated because we are blissed, dissed, or pissed.  We each share some of our strategies for motivation, and some of these could be defined as Lisa’s “woo woo” strategies.   

Connect with Lisa Alexoff: 

Email - lisa@aspireccc.com 
Phone - 847-962-1639 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [08:21] - Lisa introduces herself, and describes her “former lives.” 
  • [10:36] - Lisa was in grad school in her early 40’s and realized that she has ADHD.   
  • [13:34] - Lisa explains that she doesn’t get the desired effect from stimulants.  This leads to a discussion on medication.   
  • [20:34] - I share my current medication cocktail. 
  • [22:23] - We talk about developments in ADHD diagnosis in women.   
  • [24:45] - Lisa explains how motivation works for people with ADHD.   
  • [25:28] - Lisa says that people with ADHD experience three forms of motivations.  They need to be blissed, dissed, or pissed.   
  • [27:10] - Lisa talks about being in a classroom during one of the first school shootings. 
  • [30:45] - Lisa shares that one of her clients said that he is most motivated when he is desperate.   
  • [32:25] - I share my new approach, “diversify joy by scheduling joy.”  I also talk about my struggles in March, and how my response has helped me. 
  • [36:16] - Lisa talks about paying for a personal trainer.  We consider what the motivational framework would be to stay on schedule with the trainer.  
  • [44:41] - We talk about finding motivation if you’re not blissed, dissed, or pissed. 
  • [47:55] - I explain that part of being successful when you have ADHD is being able to push through a task when you don’t feel like doing it.  
  • [51:00] - Lisa shares that we should focus on our top five priorities. 
  • [54:34] - I share that things can drop off your to-do list.   
  • [56:00] - We both share our distaste of paperwork, and talk about other work tasks we struggle with.  
  • [1:02:37] - Lisa talks about the things you can do when you’re in a self-destructive mode.  
  • [1:05:50] - Lisa shares the “woo woo” things she does.  

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

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Direct download: 215_4_Motivators_with_Lisa_Alexoff.mp3
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Randy Kulman joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Randy is the founder and president of an educational technology company, LearningWorks for Kids.  They specialize in using video games to teach executive functioning and academic skills.  For the past 25 years, Dr. Kulman has also been the clinical director and president of South County Child and Family Consultants, a private practice that specializes in assessments and interventions for children with learning disorders and attention difficulties.  He has authored numerous essays and book chapters on the use of technology in improving executive functioning skills.   

In this episode, you will hear Randy talk about translating game-based learning into the real world.  He describes how “Detect-Reflect-Connect” helps individuals connect skills developed in games to the real world.  He also talks about the career fields individuals with ADHD and processing speed deficits are drawn to and explains that parents can help nurture positive self-esteem in their children by nudging them into certain activities.  

Connect with Randy Kulman 

Website - LearningWorksforKids.com 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LearningWorksForKids/ 
Twitter - @LW4K 
Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/lw4k/ 
Email - Randy@LearningWorksForKids.com 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:15] - Randy talks about some of his current projects.   
  • [07:24] - I talk about my own addiction to Minecraft, and Randy talks about why it’s difficult to stop playing these games.   
  • [10:42] - Randy describes the concept of “play diet.”  He also defines “play” as an optional, voluntary activity that you choose to do.   
  • [14:30] - Randy explains how we can use games and apps to learn.  He says that games provide the opportunity to develop skills.   
  • [18:11] - Randy says that “Detect-Reflect-Connect” helps individuals connect skills developed in games to the real world.  
  • [19:22] - According to Randy, apps are supports to executive skills.   
  • [22:51] - Randy talks about the time it takes to practice a new behavior, and he talks about the effect of exercise on the brain. 
  • [24:40] - Randy emphasizes the importance of maintenance.   
  • [29:25] - Randy talks about how virtual reality is being used for assessing ADHD.  
  • [36:48] - Randy defines “processing speed” and talks about why it has become an interesting issue over the last 15-20 years.  
  • [40:08] - We talk about individuals with ADHD who are gifted, yet struggle with processing speed. 
  • [45:08] - Randy shares how he dictates his notes into his phone. 
  • [47:25] - Randy talks about a study that found that slow reaction time associated with slow processing speed was associated with depression 20-years later.   
  • [48:55] - Randy lists some careers that have higher rates of people with slower processing speed.  
  • [52:50] - Randy explains that he tells parents of children with ADHD that their biggest job in life is to nudge them into activities and interests where ADHD doesn’t really matter.  
  • [56:00] - Randy describes how he manages his life with technology.   

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We are trying something a little different with our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group this summer.  This summer, I’ll be hosting our first 8-week intensive, called “One Big Thing.”  These groups will fill up quickly.  For more information, go to http://coachingrewired.com

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

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Direct download: 214_-_Screentime_tech_tools_and_processing_speed_with_Randy_Kulman.mp3
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This episode is the recording of March’s live Q&A.  These Q&A sessions take place the second Tuesday of every month.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am, once again, joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan.  

 If you’re listening to this on the day it is published, you can listen to April’s live Q&A at 1:30pm Eastern.  Join Brendan Mahan and me as we answer your questions live.  You can register at http://ADHDreWired.com/events.  In this episode, you will hear Brenden and I answer several listener questions on medication, managing emotions at the end of the day, procrastination, cell phone notifications, and much more.   

Connect with Brendan Mahan 

ADHD Essentials Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [05:05] - A listener asks if we have learned a new skill lately.  I share the importance of hydration and my recent bout of seasonal affective disorder.  Brendan talks about his learning experiences with podcasting.  
  • [11:16] - Another listener asks about guanfacine, a non-stimulant form of ADHD medication.  I share that it tends to work with a stimulant medication.   
  • [13:33] - Elise asks about activities with strict structure.  Brendan explains why he shys away from these types of activities.  I address the individuality of strategies. 
  • [17:40] - Jessica asks about managing emotions later in the day when multiple family members have ADHD.  We share some of our experiences and Brenden provides us with some strategies.  
  • [23:35] - David asks about managing evening routines when medication has worn off.  Brenden and I share some thoughts on this situation.  
  • [32:58] - Rob asks about forming in-person support groups with other adults with ADHD in their lives.  I share some resources to help make this happen.  
  • [37:05] - We discuss Elise’s follow-up question about bad habits.  
  • [40:00] - A listener asks us to discuss procrastination. I suggest the I Procrastinate Podcast.  
  • [45:45] - A listener struggles with being assertive and asks for some techniques.  
  • [48:08] - We field the question, “Does turning off notifications apply to calendar notifications?” I explain my answer, “It depends.”  
  • [52:40] - A listener asks for resources on the neural anatomy involved with their ADHD.  We share several ADHD resources. 
  • [55:37] - A listener asks about people with ADHD finding themselves in difficult financial situations.  
  • [1:01:45] - We end the episode with the question, “Does Harry Potter have ADHD?” 

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We are trying something a little different with our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group this summer.  This summer, I’ll be hosting our first 8-week intensive, called “One Big Thing.”  These groups will fill up quickly.  For more information, go to http://coachingrewired.com

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 213_March_2018_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Joining me on this episode are Jessica McCabe and Edward Newton.  Jessica is the creator of the extremely popular and successful How To ADHD YouTube Channel.  She recently did a Ted Talk that has over 10 million views!  Edward has a background in television production and has played a large role in the success of How To ADHD.   

On this episode, you will hear Jessica and Edward talk about how How To ADHD has grown since they were last on the podcast.  They also share the backstory behind her Ted Talk, including how the talk was put together and executed.  Jessica has also organized a grassroots campaign in response to the Netflix documentary, “Take Your Pills.”  We discuss why this film isn’t accurate and does a disservice to those who would benefit from ADHD medication. 

Connect with Jessica McCabe and Edward Newton 

How To ADHD Website 
How To ADHD YouTube Channel 
How To ADHD Patreon 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [05:07] - Jessica talks about being asked to do a Ted Talk.  
  • [07:32] - Jessica started How To ADHD about a year into their relationship.  Edward stepped in to share his expertise with video production.   
  • [09:30] - Jessica shares how Edward helped craft the ending of her Ted Talk.  
  • [11:10] - Edward tells his version of the Ted Talk story.  They admit to writing the second half of the talk on the plane.   
  • [16:55] - Jessica explains how time restrictions impacted her talk.   
  • [17:59] - Jessica describes what it was like to see a million views a day on her video. 
  • [20:58] - Since the last time she came on the podcast, Jessica and Edward have been able to go full-time with How To ADHD.  
  • [25:18] - We discuss some ADHD cooking tips.  
  • [28:00] - With around 100 videos completed, Jessica shares how their videos are evolving. 
  • [35:37] - Jessica and Edward talk about his ADHD characteristics and diagnosis.   
  • [38:53] - We talk about the Netflix documentary on the abuse of ADHD medication, Take Your Pills.   
  • [41:46] - Jessica explains that this production is painting everyone with a broad brush and did not draw a distinction between people diagnosed and appropriately prescribed medication and those who may have been abusing it.  
  • [45:29] - Jessica and Edward talk about how this film misrepresented ADHD meds and compared it to meth.   
  • [47:25] - Jessica talks about her response to this film, including the hashtag #ITakeMyPills. 
  • [49:40] - We talk about the idea that medication should be a last resort, and how this is not what the research says. We also discuss how safe these medications are. 
  • [54:43] - I share that my brain is like a clock and how it operates differently with and without medications.  Jessica shares the positive effects of her starting medication. 
  • [56:35] - Jessica describes her grassroots campaign to change public perception of ADHD medication.  
  • [1:00:17] - Jessica shares how you can tell your own story about meds helping you. 
  • [1:05:28] - I share that this is the 4-year anniversary with ADHD reWired. 
  • [1:08:18] - Jessica shares how much time they invest in each video.  

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Registration of our 12th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now over.  If you would like to join the waiting list for our spring season, schedule a call with me at http://CoachingReWired.com.  The spring session begins April 9th.  Our summer session begins July 9th.  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 212_I_Take_My_Pills_Because_with_Jessica_McCabe_and_Edward_Newton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

James Ochoa returns to the podcast this week.  James is a licensed professional counselor, author of Focus Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD.  He is the founder and director of The Life Empowerment Center in Austin, Texas.  James offers action-focused counseling and executive coaching to help his clients discover ways to empower themselves in areas of their lives.  His passion is treating the emotional distress of ADHD, so clients can begin to build internal worlds in their imagine to manage their attention challenges.  For the past 27 years, his passion has been to transform how society understands and treats the diagnosis of ADHD.  By standing in the fire with his clients, he has helped them find ways to live powerfully in the midst of their storms while managing his own ADHD.   

Jules Ochoa is 22-years-old, and currently pursuing a masters degree in psychology with the intention of working with mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dissociative identity disorder.  He is self-taught in the world of podcasting and audio engineering.  He produces and co-writes the new podcast series, The Complex.  

On this episode, you will hear the second episode of James’ and Jules’ podcast, The Complex.  We play “Ok, stop” and interrupt the episode to talk share some thoughts on what is happening in that particular episode.   

Connect with James and Jules Ochoa 

The Complex Podcast 
JamesOchoa.com  

You’ll Learn: 

  • [07:05] - Jules describes the podcast he has been working on with James, The Complex.   
  • [08:10] - Jules talks about working on a creative project with his father.  
  • [11:41] - We play “OK Stop” with on of Episode #2 of The Complex.  
  • [15:58] - I share that this particular story rings true with my life experience. James explains why this story feels real.   
  • [18:07] - When I first listened to this, it struck some shame triggers.  James talks about the balance they try to strike with this podcast.  Jules says that one aim of the podcast is to help people that don’t have ADHD relate to people in their lives that do have ADHD.   
  • [24:18] - Jules explains why they made some creative decisions with one of the characters.   
  • [26:30] - Jules shares how the audio demonstrates that someone with ADHD can jump tasks and orientations.  He says that this is one of the most confusing aspects of ADHD for other people.  
  • [36:53] - We pick back up with the episode after our break.   
  • [37:22] - I share that I really liked the description a character used in the episode.  
  • [41:10] - I talk about a meditation practice, “Welcome to the Party.” 
  • [46:16] - Jules explains why the story may take a route to help address another area of ADHD.  James lists the different types of issues and areas of disruption covered in the podcast.  
  • [51:10] - James shares one of the things that was difficult with the creation and writing process of the podcast.  
  • [52:51] - Jules talks about playing the role of the son of James, an ADHD expert.  James shares his feelings on that topic, too.  
  • [1:02:10] - James talks about how podcasts and community can turn the tide of understanding and living with ADHD. 

 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Registration of our 12th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now over.  If you would like to join the waiting list for our spring season, schedule a call with me at http://CoachingReWired.com.  The spring session begins April 9th.  Our summer session begins July 9th.  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 211_The_Complex_-_James_and_Jules_Ochoa.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of February’s live Q&A.  These Q&A sessions take place the second Tuesday of every month.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am, once again, joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan.   

In this conversation, you will hear several listener questions.  This month, a lot of these conversations involved medication.  We also talk about employment and recovering from a loss of employment.  These Live Q&A’s are a great opportunity for you to get your questions answered.  The sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

You’ll Learn: 

  • [02:19] - Brendan shares how things are going with his podcast,  ADHD Essentials
  • [04:16] - Jane asks what Patreon is.  This gives me an opportunity to talk about the unique opportunity you have to support this podcast. 
  • [06:41] - Sue was recently let go at her job.  She tells some of her story and asks for advice on employment and recovering from this disappointment. 
  • [21:20] - Samantha asks about focusing on ADHD and coaching instead of general psychotherapy.  
  • [32:22] - A listener asks for tips on keeping up with laundry.  Brendan and I share a few ideas to help with this “im-bore-tant” task.  
  • [41:32] - Chris asks about medication for adults with ADHD.  We talk about how we have a responsibility as consumers to take valuable information on medication to our medical professionals.   
  • [44:23] - While we’re on the topic of medication, I mention a thread from our Facebook community.  Robin asked what the optimal dose of medication should feel like. I share that when I found the right dosage, I felt “normal.”  I read a few responses from the thread. 
  • [50:14] - Katie joins us live to ask for suggestions for remembering tasks and keeping the same drive at work that she has at home. This leads to a discussion on medication and some routines Katie could implement.  
  • [58:53] - Sheila asks about higher correlation within “The Four A’s.”   
  • [1:00:34] - David shares that he was about to be fired and he realized it was because of his ADHD.  We talk about the coaching he received, and the struggles he’s continued to experience. 

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Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 210_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

If you’re expecting to hear last month’s live Q&A, I’ve changed the plan.  I really want to share a conversation with Marisol Salizar.  Marisol is one of the members of our Coaching and Accountability Group, and I think when it comes to finding what really matters in life, and creating healthy boundaries between work, family, and play, the progress that she has made can be inspirational for all of us who really struggle with this balance, especially when we are fortunate enough to love the work that we do.   

Marisol is a wife, a mom, and a biology professor.  She made it through her whole academic career not knowing she had ADHD.  Like many undiagnosed women, she hit 40 with a full-time career, a husband, two kids (one recently diagnosed with ADHD), a house, a geriatric cat, and several dead plants.  She just couldn’t juggle it anymore.  Luckily, her daughter’s psychiatrist advised her not to quit her job before coming in for an evaluation.   

In this conversation, you will hear Marisol share her successes, her struggles, and her story.  Marisol talks about her diagnosis, “parenting herself,” and some of the strategies she has implemented.  Marisol explains why she decided to join the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability group, and what she has gained from participating.

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:19] - Marisol tells her ADHD story.  She talks about being overwhelmed and the feeling of failure, and the impact that was having on her career.  
  • [09:33] - Marisol expected her evaluation results to show one thing, but she explains why the results surprised her.   
  • [10:22] - After starting her prescription, Marisol experienced an “astounding” semester.   
  • [11:18] - Marisol talks about introducing strategies to work hand-in-hand with her medication.  She shares what drew her to the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. 
  • [13:30] - Marisol explains that parenting her daughter she was parenting herself.   
  • [15:56] - Marisol describes her husband’s reaction to the news that she has been diagnosed with ADHD, and wanted to join the Coaching and Accountability Group. 
  • [19:30] - Marisol talks about her interview with me to join the group. 
  • [21:20] - There is power in a group and the power of “me too.”  Marisol describes this feeling.  
  • [22:47] - Marisol explains what she hoped to get out of the group. 
  • [26:29] - Balancing work and home life was something that Marisol identified as a major issue. 
  • [29:30] - Marisol describes her time-blocking strategies, and how they’ve changed. 
  • [33:33] - Marisol talks about battling with perfectionism.   
  • [39:23] - Marisol talks about the mind map she created.  She explains how she aims to keep work at work, and home at home.  
  • [48:45] - Marisol talks about the layers of her personal life goal cake.  
  • [54:28] - Marisol says that one her takeaways from the group was “friendship.” 
  • [1:00:13] - Marisol talks about the difference in her planning since she’s joined the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group. 
  • [1:06:27] - Marisol has a message for those of you considering joining the Coaching and Accountability Group.  

Your Resources: 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Early registration of our 12th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now over. To learn more and schedule your interview, http://CoachingReWired.com.  Registration is open through March 15th.  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 209_Work_Life_Balance_with_Marisol_Salizar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am CDT

Jamie Popernack is a recovering achievement addict living a fiercely simple life with her husband and daughter.  Jamie is a public health educator who works at a crisis program.  She has a lot of love for the ADHD tribe.   

In this conversation, you will hear Jamie explain the idea of achievement addictions.  She shares how she fell into that trap.  She was hustling for her self-worth and doing things because she had to and it looked good.  Her motivation was no longer to help people, but to make herself feel good.  One of the ways Jamie combats this achievement addiction is living what she calls a “fiercely simple life.”  Jamie also tells about her career, working suicide prevention.  She shares some insight into this year.  She says, “You can’t prevent suicide without talking about it.”   

Connect with Jamie Popernack 

Website - JamiePopernack.com  

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:44] - Jamie explains that she is coming on the podcast because of a dare.  
  • [07:42] - Although she wasn’t a perfectionist, Jamie feels that she is a recovering achievement addict.  She shares what this means to her. 
  • [09:42] - Jamie shares her ADHD story.   
  • [11:50] - Jamie says that her achievement addiction started in college.  
  • [12:55] - Jamie shares some of her “epically messy” weaknesses and a forgetfulness story from college.  
  • [14:56] - Being hospitable and community drives her to want to improve.  
  • [17:05] - Jamie talks about some of the labels that have been attached to her over the years. 
  • [19:33] - Jamie explains the concept of living a “fiercely simple” life.  
  • [24:55] - Jamie describes how she approaches her day.  It starts with meditation and prayer.  She shares how she deals with time.  
  • [26:22] - Jamie shares her experience of working in a restaurant.  
  • [28:55] - Jamie talks about the support she receives from her husband.  
  • [31:17] - Jamie takes us back to the roots of her achievement addiction.   
  • [40:08] - After college, Jamie ended up working in the disability community.  She shares her goals of learning how to love and learning how to be still.  
  • [47:30] - Jamie describes her current job, working in suicide prevention.   
  • [52:28] - Jamie explains that you need self-love to be able to help people.  
  • [52:22] - Jamie encourages individuals struggling with thoughts of suicide to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-2255. 
  • [54:18] - Jamie suggests if you are concerned about someone’s well being, you should ask directly about suicide.   
  • [56:28] - There are red flags with suicide and Jamie says she doesn’t understand the statement, “that’s just a cry for help.” 
  • [57:10] - Jamie explains why sometimes her ADHD works to her advantage in her work.  
  • [59:45] - Jamie claims she would rather give birth than do paperwork.  This leads to a discussion on what she learned about ADHD from childbirth.  
  • [1:04:48] - Jamie experienced conscious surrender, and that led to stillness.  She talks about letting go in labor and carrying that with her in life.  
  • [1:09:53] - In this conversation, Jamie said that she’d like to start a blog.  I put my coaching hat on and push her on this a little.  

Your Resources: 

Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess - Rachel Hoffman 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

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: 208_A_recovering_achievement_addict_finds_stillness_Jamie_Popernack.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Kwame Dougan is an attorney by training, an investor by experience, and an advisor by design.  He earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia University and a Master of Science from London School of Economics, attending as a rotary ambassadorial scholar.  Previously, Kwame practiced commercial litigation with a global law firm.  His journey overcoming poverty and an undiagnosed learning disability has been documented in various publications and is the subject of a Ted Talk.  In 2015, Kwame was honored as a trailblazer by the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.   

In this conversation, you will hear Kwame describe his background as a refugee from Ghana who grew up in Canada.  He talks about his unique experiences as a black man in China.  Kwame went through a lot of personal growth in China, and he explains why he felt successful in his time there.  Kwame was diagnosed in 2006, and until that point, he had been thriving in chaos and learning in a state of drowsiness.  Kwame is intentional and thoughtful and I think you’ll enjoy this conversation.   

Connect with Kwame Dougan 

kwame.dougan@scotchpalm.com 
Kwame Dougan on LinkedIn 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [08:35] - Born in Ghana, Kwame grew up in Canada.  He shares his childhood story and explains how technology led to him not being diagnosed.   
  • [11:50] - Kwame talks about his education history and the testing that identified some of his strengths, weaknesses, and diagnoses.  
  • [17:20] - Kwame shares that he has also been diagnosed with sleep apnea. He shared how he learned to learn in a state of drowsiness.  
  • [21:33] - Kwame survived a fire in China, and he shares this story of this situation.  
  • [27:25] - Kwame talks about being black in China. 
  • [34:06] - Kwame explains why he felt successful during his time in China.   
  • [41:11] - We talk about attention, focusing, and leaving a trail of crumbs.  
  • [45:00] - Kwame talks about how ADHD helps him encourage creativity with his daughter.  
  • [46:45] - Algorithms to Live By is something that made sense to Kwame. He explains why.   
  • [49:43] - Kwame talks about his intuition when it comes to a specific task that needs to be accomplished.  
  • [53:20] - We talk about the concept of satisficers and maximizers.  
  • [55:13] - Kwame shares that he was a successful nightclub promoter when he was in school.   
  • [57:24] - Kwame says that the death rate is 100%, so we know what’s going to happen.  He talks about leaving a legacy by having a logical approach.   
  • [1:01:03] - Kwame talks about being black with ADHD and creating your own path.  

Your Resources: 

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions - Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths 

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group 

Early registration of our 12th season of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group is now over. To learn more and schedule your interview, http://CoachingReWired.com.  Registration is open through March 15th.  

Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  One perk example is our Patreon-only Adult Study Hall.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

ADHD Women’s Palooza  

If you missed the ADHD Women’s Palooza, don’t worry.  They recorded all 33 sessions in audio and video, and they are available for purchase. Go to http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza for more information. 

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: 207_Creating_your_own_path_Kwame_Dougan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Logan Nelson joins me on this episode of the podcast.  Logan is the creator of Scratch Your Own Itch Podcast, where he inspires and motivates listeners to scratch your own itch so that you can grow personally and professionally.  He is a performance enhancement expert and published author on thrive global.  Logan graduated with a BFA in Acting from NIU, and is now sharing his story and his “why.”   

In this conversation, you will hear Logan explain his why.  Logan opens up about body dysmorphia, the fear of failure, and a suicide attempt.  After that suicide attempt. Logan spent seven days in isolation, and those experiences have led Logan to the work that he’s doing now.   

Connect with Logan Nelson: 

Website - LoganTylerNelson.com 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/logan.nelson3 
Scratch Your Own Itch Podcast 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:35] - Logan explains his “why.”  After 8 ½ years, he was not sure he still wanted to be an actor.   
  • [09:33] - After a breakup, Logan didn’t want to see his own face, and he explains why he felt that way. 
  • [10:24] - Logan describes body dysmorphia.  
  • [11:30] - Logan shares his struggle with the fear of failure.   
  • [12:32] - Logan believes that it’s good to joke about suffering.  
  • [13:47] - Logan shares that he made the decision to jump off the top of a five-floor parking garage.  This has led Logan to the work he’s now doing. 
  • [17:13] - Disproving a thought right away can help people with anxiety.   
  • [19:45] - According to Logan, our stories make up the person that you are.   
  • [21:54] - Logan says that scratching your own itch is about being creative, compassionate, curious, and making people feel less alone. 
  • [24:18] - Logan asks me to give an example of a time I experienced trauma and turned it into a positive.   
  • [32:23] - Logan wonders if the people who have things easy are asking themselves the quality questions that lead to a quality life.  
  • [33:47] - Sam Harris is someone Logan believes people should listen to.  This leads to a discussion on truth and integrity. 
  • [37:42] - Logan says that he reflects on times when he is the happiest.  However, he realized these were times when there was gossip.  
  • [45:00] - Logan explains how he challenges his inner-dialogue and preconceived ideologies about himself.  
  • [49:29] - Logan shares why he feels embarrassed 
  • [51:27] - After his suicide attempt, Logan did seven days of isolation.   
  • [56:31] - Logan talks about gratitude.   
  • [1:00:34] - I read a passage of Brene Brown’s Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted

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Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

ADHD Women’s Palooza  

If you missed the ADHD Women’s Palooza, don’t worry.  They recorded all 33 sessions in audio and video, and they are available for purchase. Go to http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza for more information. 

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Direct download: 206_-_Scratch_Your_Itch_Logan_Nelson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

This episode is the recording of January’s live Q&A.  These Q&A sessions take place the second Tuesday of every month.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan.   

We cover several different topics on this episode, including questions on prioritization systems, money management, “The Wall of Awful,” and much more.  Because of Brendan’s area of expertise, we also answer a handful of questions on parenting with ADHD and parenting children with ADHD.   

You’ll Learn: 

  • [06:15] - ADHD Essentials is now available in all of the places you find podcasts.  This podcast is aimed at families that are affected by ADHD.  
  • [09:40] - Sara asks about determining the difference between an engaging interest and a lasting passion. 
  • [14:50] - Tre asks about prioritization systems. I talk about the idea of block scheduling.  
  • [19:39] - We answer a question about the inability to keep going.  Brandon talks about the energy we feel when we start tasks, and then we hit “the wall of awful.” 
  • [23:55] - We discuss a question from someone who wants to know what to do if their spouse is not on board.  
  • [28:07] - Sharon and her son are newly diagnosed.  She asks for parenting advice for staying on-point.  Brendan shares some of his expertise in this area. 
  • [35:53] - Brendan and I do an exercise that demonstrates why multitasking kills productivity.   
  • [39:38] - Terry asks for tips on getting to bed on time after meds wear off.  Brendan talks about the importance of not looking at a computer screen after 6pm. He shares several other tips on lighting, food, and hygiene. 
  • [47:32] - David comes on live to share that he has had trouble finding a medication that works properly.  We talk about how diet can help manage ADHD symptoms, and I share a few words of caution. 
  • [52:34] - A listener asks for advice on ways to focus 1-on-1 attention with children when there are a lot of other things going through your head.  Both Brendan and I can relate to this topic. 
  • [59:45] - A student asks about functioning without Adderall.  I share that I would not be where I am without medication.  
  • [1:00:20] - Brendan vows to do a webinar on The Wall of Awful. 
  • [1:01:17] - A listener asks how to know if symptoms of anxiety stem from ADHD.   
  • [1:02:31] - We discuss how “sometimes the ADHD wins” and the idea of forgetting about consistency and focusing on resiliency.  
  • [1:03:52] - A listener asks about an ADHD-friendly money management app. I suggest this person hire it out. 
  • [1:04:47] - Multitasking comes back up, and Brendan encourages you to single-task.  
  • [1:05:42] - Brendan explains that there’s no dopamine in our brains for doing the dishes.  

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

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Productivity Q&A 

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ADHD Women’s Palooza  

If you missed the ADHD Women’s Palooza, don’t worry.  They recorded all 33 sessions in audio and video, and they are available for purchase. Go to http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza for more information. 

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Direct download: 205_Live_QA_Jan_2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

On this episode, Matt Beardsley joins me in my office.  First off, thanks to Matt for giving me the motivation to clean my office!  Matt is a husband, father, and friend.  In his professional life, he works in technology as a site reliability engineer.  Since his diagnosis in April of 2017, Matt has been able to go on a deeper journey of self-discovery, finding along the way, himself and the community he cherishes.   

In this conversation, you will hear Matt’s story.  He talks about his academics and emotions as a youth.  He explains his love for math and why he sees math as a place for creativity.  When Matt was evaluated for ADHD, he was nervous that he would not be diagnosed because, in his research, it seemed to answer so many questions.  You will also hear Matt describe some of the tools he uses to be efficient.   

You’ll Learn: 

  • [04:28] - Matt shares information on his background, which includes being labeled “sensitive” and being moved back and forth from advanced and standard classes.  
  • [12:32] - Matt explains why he found it easier to pay attention in math classes and he says that math has space for a lot of creativity. 
  • [14:38] - Matt talks about how numbers are abstract. An example is the fact that zero was not a number until a certain point. 
  • [16:45] - Matt looks back on the anxiety he would feel with tasks and the introduction of the “what if” monster. 
  • [21:42] - Matt says that, for him, numbers have shapes and feelings.  He explains why certain numbers are comfortable and uncomfortable.  
  • [25:30] - Matt explains agile methodology and “cracking the code of you.” 
  • [32:16] - Matt points out that we overestimate our ability to remember. 
  • [33:17] - Matt talks about doing a budget.  
  • [35:22] - Matt explains that 10% of your effort gets you to 90% of your goal.  The remaining 90% of your effort goes to the last 10% of your goal.  
  • [37:37] - Matt talks about his routines and some of the adaptations he uses to be efficient.  
  • [45:03] - Matt says his commute is the best three hours per day and he shares how he utilizes that time. 
  • [50:56] - Matt tells the story of his diagnosis. 
  • [1:00:07] - Matt talks about the support and love he receives from his family and the ADHD community. 
  • [1:04:25] - Imposter Syndrome is something Matt has encountered.  We talk about reframing the situation by saying “Welcome to the party.” 
  • [1:14:00] - Matt shares what a real apology sounds like.  
  • [1:16:49] - Matt talks about “emotional flood” and the loss of control that comes as a result. 
  • [1:20:00] - Matt explains that Delivered from Distraction made a lot of sense to him and his wife. 
  • [1:22:59] - Matt listened to the first episode of this podcast and my sharing that I felt “normal” after starting medication.  He had the realization he had never felt normal.  
  • [1:26:00] - Matt describes his first day on medication. 
  • [1:38:44] - Matt says that if you want to be good, you have to be the best that you can be. 

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Support the podcast on Patreon 

Patreon allows listeners like you to support content creators like me.  With a monthly contribution, you can get access to different levels of perks.  Learn more at http://patreon.com/adhdrewired  

ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application. 

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

ADHD Women’s Palooza  

I will be one of the presenters at the 3rd annual Women’s Palooza!  Join me and over 30 other ADHD experts at this conference.  This is an online event, and you can catch all of the sessions and the replays.  Learn more and register at http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza 

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: 204_Matt_Beardsley_Cracking_the_Code_of_You.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

No guest in the history of ADHD reWired has appeared as many times as Tom Nardone, and he joins me again on this episode.  If you’re new to the podcast, Tom and I have been friends since the start of this show.  He is the host of The Tom Nardone Show.  Tom was diagnosed with brain cancer in September of 2017.

In this episode, you’ll hear a lot of laughter and emotion from Tom.  Tom is always an open book, and this visit to the podcast is no exception.  Most of this conversation is Tom sharing the emotions that he is experiencing at this stage of his brain cancer recovery.  He is incredibly transparent and I think we all have a lot to learn from Tom, and how he handles this situation.

Connect with Tom Nardone:

Website - The Tom Nardone Show

You’ll Learn:

  • [09:21] - Tom came on the podcast about a week after brain surgery.  We talk about his communication skills after the surgery.
  • [11:16] - Tom talks about his experience leading up to and immediately following his surgery.
  • [17:00] - Tom describes what it’s like to go through radiation treatments.
  • [20:55] - Tom explains why he tries to maintain a sense of humor throughout the process and provides a few examples of his humor opportunities.
  • [27:55] - While Tom’s radiation has ended, and there is a tapering off period, he still has physical effects which leads to other people acting differently.
  • [32:01] - Tom has been experiencing some unexpected symptoms that he considers a night panic attack.
  • [37:17] - Tom shares why he struggles with his emotions during this time.
  • [46:28] - We are trying to raise money to help Tom with his healthcare costs.  You can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/support-tom-nardone
  • [54:08] - Tom talks about the anxiety he’s feeling and the fear of disappointing others.
  • [1:05:03] - When it comes to ADHD, Tom says that he “is” ADHD.  He shares his thoughts on labels.
  • [1:10:14] - Tom shares how he feels about people interacting with him after they know he was diagnosed with brain cancer.
  • [1:13:40] - I have a little fun at Tom’s expense by having him repeat something he said earlier in the show.
  • [1:17:04] - Tom explains how paralysis has caused him to spit when he talks and eats.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

ADHD Women’s Palooza

I will be one of the presenters at the 3rd annual Women’s Palooza!  Join me and over 30 other ADHD experts at this conference.  This is an online event, and you can catch all of the sessions and the replays.  Learn more and register at http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza

Want to be a guest?

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Direct download: 20320Tom20Nardone20Returns.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm CDT

Linda Roggli joins me on this week’s episode. This is Linda’s third appearance on the podcast.  She is a professional certified coach, award-winning author, founder of the ADD Diva Network, and co-founder of the ADHD Women’s Palooza, which is just around the corner.  Linda is an expert in later-life ADHD. Linda is a popular speaker at national and international conferences and has coached 100s of women.

In this conversation, you will hear Linda share the role that estrogen plays in ADHD behavior.  This is something that a lot of OB GYNs don’t know about.  She also shares information on her observational study that you can participate in.  This could be an awakening and explain as much as an ADHD diagnosis.

Linda also talks about the upcoming ADHD Women’s Palooza conference.  This leads to a discussion on the importance of connecting with other people.  Linda explains how Women’s Palooza offers the opportunity to connect and speak with others.

Connect with Linda Roggli: 

Website - http://addiva.net

You’ll Learn:

  • [03:10] - In Episode #199, I talk about my year in review.  I share that I would like to bring music back into my life and give you access.
  • [13:18] - Linda talks about attending a conference last week and hearing details a lot of interesting research.  She talks about how it was clarified for her that ADHD is not about willpower.
  • [17:44] - Estrogen plays a huge role in your ADHD behavior, Linda explains.
  • [24:26] - We talk about stimulant medications being with severe depressive episodes.
  • [25:46] - Linda shares that most OB GYNs don’t know about the role of estrogen in ADHD.
  • [34:40] - Linda talks about her survey, which is a deep, observational study.
  • [36:45] - Linda shares a conversation she had with a presenter at this conference.  This woman is setting up a world-wide study. You can donate at http://adhdfund.com
  • [43:17] - We talk about the importance of connection with other people.  Group work has helped us achieve results we never saw without connecting with other people.
  • [43:33] - Linda explains that ADHD Women’s Palooza was created to bring people and information into one place.
  • [47:15] - Linda shares that the Women’s Palooza offers the opportunity to connect and speak with each other through a phone interface.
  • [49:52] - Linda encourages you to go to use MeetUp.com to connect with local people.
  • [51:38] - Linda talks about organizing the Women’s Palooza without Terry, her counterpart.
  • [57:16] - Linda recently finished one of Stephen Hinshaw’s books, and he is a featured speaker at this year’s Women’s Palooza.
  • [1:06:52] - Linda says that there are health issues that people with ADHD struggle with at a higher rate.
  • [1:09:00] - Linda talks about purchasing 33 sets of necklaces and earrings.

Your Resources:

Confessions of an ADDiva: Midlife in the non-linear lane - Linda Roggli
Period Tracker
Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness - Stephen Hinshaw

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group: 

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A 

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

ADHD Women’s Palooza  

I will be one of the presenters at the 3rd annual Women’s Palooza!  Join me and over 30 other ADHD experts at this conference.  This is an online event, and you can catch all of the sessions and the replays.  Learn more and register at http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza

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: 202_Women_and_ADHD_with_Linda_Roggli.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Laura Wrzesinski joins me on this episode of ADHD reWired.  Laura is a licensed marriage, and family therapist, who was a member of the most recent ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.  In her private practice, Radical Realness Therapy, she works with LGBTQIA folks, feminists, and ADHD millennials who are ready for self-acceptance and healthy relationships. 

Laura was diagnosed with ADHD about two and a half years ago.  In this conversation, you will hear Laura share her ADHD story and her professional background.  Laura is “trauma-informed” and talks about trauma, including EMDR, which is a form of trauma therapy.  Laura was a member of the last ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, and she shares some of her personal experiences from the group and explains how you could benefit from joining our next group. 

Connect with Laura Wrzesinski:

Website - http://radicalrealnesstherapy.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [04:50] - Laura was diagnosed with ADHD about two and half years ago. She tells her ADHD story. 
  • [06:40] - Laura explains what prompted her to seek a diagnosis.
  • [09:58] - Laura says that her favorite assignment in the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group was listing successes. She explains why this list gave her mixed emotions.
  • [11:30] - Laura describes her “current lens” and says that she is at peace with her past decisions.
  • [12:25] - Laura admits that she feels weird sharing her story, as a therapist.
  • [15:56] - We talk about the opinion that ADHD is not real.
  • [17:07] - Laura explains what trauma is and what she means when she says she is “trauma-informed.”
  • [20:36] - Laura describes EMDR, a form of trauma therapy.
  • [22:58] - We talk about brainspotting.
  • [25:16] - Laura and I talk about James Ochoa’s work with EMDR and ADHD.
  • [29:03] - Laura says that she realizes that ADHD is more than just about focus.
  • [34:26] - Laura talks about the emotional regulation piece she discovered around ADHD and explains how she had a better understanding because of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.
  • [37:32] - Laura shares that she had a hard time achieving big goals, and that is a reason she joined the group.
  • [39:11] - Time-blocking is a strategy that Laura has tried to implement.
  • [44:40] - One of the things Laura wanted to tackle was her early-morning exercise routine. She shares her progress in that area. 
  • [50:18] - Laura knows that she has too many items on her to-do list. She shares how she manages this list.
  • [56:25] - Laura talks about working with her accountability group.
  • [57:45] - Laura shares her struggles with balancing executive functioning.
  • [1:00:35] - Laura has a message for you if you’re considering joining the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group.

 

Your Resources:

Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD - James M. Ochoa LPC

OmniFocus 

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Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

ADHD Women’s Palooza

I will be one of the presenters at the 3rd annual Women’s Palooza!  Join me and over 30 other ADHD experts at this conference.  This is an online event, and you can catch all of the sessions and the replays.  Learn more and register at http://ADHDreWired.com/palooza

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: 201_Laura_Wrzesinski_-_ADHD_is_more_than_Focus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

ADHD Essentials Ep 2 Simulcasted on ADHD reWired.

Check out our newest pod, ADHD Essentials with Brendan Mahan.
If you have kids, if you work with kids, you'll want to check it out.

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ADHD reWired Podcast Network

Direct download: ADHD_Essentials_Ep_2_Simulcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm CDT

This is a special bonus simulcast episode of our newest podcast, ADHD Essentials.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your pods from.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-adhd-essentials-podcast/id1332788588?mt=2

Direct download: ADHD_Essentials_EP_1_Simulcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm CDT

We did it!  We made it to episode #200!  I would have never guessed we would have over one million downloads over 176 different countries.  You and your stories are why this podcast is the top-rated ADHD podcast on iTunes.  Thank you. 

This episode is the recording of December’s live Q&A.  These Q&A sessions take place the second Tuesday of every month.  The questions answered in this episode were submitted by listeners of this podcast, both ahead of time and live.  I am joined on this episode by Brendan Mahan.  

In this discussion, you will hear Brendan, and I answer several questions from You’re welcome to join these monthly live Q&A sessions.  They take place the second Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm (Central).  Go to http://erictivers.com/events

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:58] - I talk about how our moods can be affected by the weather this time of year. This impacts my ability to play, and I plan to be intentional about making that a priority.
  • [07:57] - Brendan talks about starting his podcast.
  • [09:58] - I share that I have experienced a dopamine crash as I’m between major projects.
  • [16:07] - Brett was diagnosed about two months ago. He has gone back to school and realized through his struggles that he might have ADHD.  He is still struggling with certain things.  We talk about the possibility that he could have dyslexia. 
  • [22:29] - Brett has experienced incredible weight loss. He has concerns about weight loss from medication. 
  • [26:46] - Kat joins the call to talk about her 2018 planning. She shares her plan for this planning session and asks for some tip on staying focused and productive.
  • [46:12] - Ben shares that he currently hates his job because of tasks he does not like. He asks how to be productive in this type of a situation.  We talk through Ben’s situation.
  • [57:08] - Natalie jumps on the call to ask about accessing her thoughts. I explain how meditation can help her with this.
  • [1:04:30] - Tamara is wondering about online and local support groups. I encourage her to join our ADHD reWired Facebook Group. 
  • [1:05:40] - Someone asks about mirroring feelings and emotions when mirroring is not appropriate. I talk about mindful awareness.

Your Resources:
Freedom Planner

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

If you would like to join the ADHD reWired secret Facebook group, go to EricTivers.com/community and fill out an application.

Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

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: 200_Dec_QA.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Originally, I was not going to release an episode of the podcast, but at the last minute, I changed my mind.  This podcast exists to give you some updates on things.  

We made it to 2018!  I planned to spend an entire day doing my annual planning.  Instead, we had frozen drain pipes!  This was quite an ordeal that resulted in me losing a few days of work and $1800.  

I have been thinking about my goals for 2018, although I haven’t had time to put everything together.  I’ve also been looking at my quarterly planning and I will be setting aside a full day for my annual planning.  You can actually help me meet one of my goals.  I’d like to get about 15 guests scheduled for the podcast.  You can schedule a pre-interview call here.

Our newest podcast, ADHD Essentials will be out next week!  You will be able to find it in all of the podcast apps.  

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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

The 11th season of our ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group starts on January 8th, and it is already full!  Our 12th season starts April 16th and registration starts January 16th.  To learn more, go to http://CoachingReWired.com.

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ADHD reWired Facebook Group:

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Productivity Q&A

Get your ADHD questions answered live!  These Q&A sessions take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm.  Go to http://erictivers.com/events.

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: 199_-_Plans_Change_and_Pipes_Freeze.mp3
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