Steverino's ADHD remedy...

G'day you lovable legend...

For the record, the following is not medical advice...

And, I am not masquerading as a doctor.

You're smart enough to know that by now.

What follows is one recovering ADHD adult's best practice for channeling all that wonderful-idea-laden-energy into something productive. But, before I share my antidote, here are the top 10 signs that you do NOT have ADHD...

1. You fall apart in a crisis...
2. You feel like you are living up to your potential...
3. Your short-term memory works really really well...
4. Without looking up from this screen you can tell me what you were wearing last Friday...
5. The term 'hyper-focused' doesn't resonate with you...
6. You're always on time and never get sidetracked...
7. Your desktop and workspace are visible... 
8. You enjoy loud events, crowds of people and partying...
9. You will never drink coffee after 3pm...
10. You read this complete list word-for-word without skipping to the end of this email...

Congratulations if this sounds like you. It's definitely not me or any of the 8% of adults out there who have mild-moderate-or-severe ADHD.

I was diagnosed in my early 30s.

True story. The doc wanted to give me meds, so I had a really long talk with my missus and a few close friends and chose a different route...

And, NO, I'm not anti-medication. It just wasn't right for me.

Here's what's worked...

1. Journaling. I put pen to paper every morning and a lot of late afternoons.
2. Exercise. I try to break a sweat every day. It calms me down and also gives me an outlet socially.
3. Chunking my time. Having the capacity to set my schedule and dive deep into what's fascinating me makes all the difference in the world. 
4. Breathing exercises. When I'm feeling out of control or over-active I slow things down by taking 10 deep breaths. I'm not trying to think about anything but inhaling and exhaling and holding it for as long as I can.
5. Going to bed when I'm supposed to. I can chase the dragon late into the night especially if I get sucked into a documentary on YouTube. Lights out mean technology is out of arms reach.

Sounds too simple. But, it works for me when I work it. 

When I don't. Well...

Let's just say, I'm a sped-up-version of yours truly and I end up not making the best decisions. 

Here's to figuring out what works...

Steve Knox


PS. If you're reading this and you'd like a bit of help navigating productivity, please head on over to:

https://www.steveknox.us/coaching/

I can help you design a life that works for you.