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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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.


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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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

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.  

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.

Direct download: 250_Best_Productivity_Episode_Yet_with_Emily_Parks.mp3
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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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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

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.  

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.

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

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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ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group

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.  

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.

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

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