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Archive for March, 2018

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Curbing Your Cell Phone Addition

One of the biggest drains on time and mental energy in modern life is what I call “screen sucking,” mindlessly sending and receiving emails, texting, surfing the net or checking your cell phone or any number of devices while walking, driving, or brushing your teeth. Sound familiar?
Take a few minutes now and ask yourself, “How much time do I spend on my phone each day?” How much time does that add up to in a week? Is this how I want to live my life?
If you want to stop technology from draining the life out of you so you can start enjoying the human moment and more, try implementing the 3 tips below:
Step #1  SET A GOAL. How much total time should be spent each day on electronics. Then break the total goal into time categories: how much time where, doing what, with whom.
Step #2 PLAN DAILY PERIODS OF ABSTINENCE. These “brain breaks” provide intervals of time in which no electronic device may be turned on. Yes, this will be difficult for you at first. So try beginning with 10 minutes twice a day. Then increase that time by 10 minutes a week until you reach 1 hour a day or goal you all want to achieve. Go one step further, plan a “de-tox” day over the weekend.
Step # 3 Replenish daily your dose of the other Vitamin C, Vitamin Connect. Overuse of electronics depletes one’s store of the human connection. Spend time having a face-to-face conversation with people, uninterrupted by anything. Try banning electronics when you’re out with friends or during dinner.
Want more tips on managing technology,  listen to my Distraction mini 45 “Your  Annual Screen Sucking Self Exam.”
Want to learn more about Connect, the other Vitamin C? Click here.
Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Dr. Hallowell and his ADHD Life

Want to know about Dr. Hallowell’s own experiences with ADHD and more? Watch Kirsten Milliken’s interview on YouTube or listen to it on iTunes.  You’ll hear Dr. Hallowell talk about his own life with ADHD, his upcoming book, apple cider vinegar, and play!

Want to learn more about Dr. Hallowell, check out his Memoir Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A Psychiatrist.

Learn how Dr. Hallowell Beat the Odds.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Balancing ADHD and Work

Are you struggling with balancing ADHD and work?

Dr. Hallowell explains in this video:

  • Why you should find the right job for your ADHD race car brain
  • what to watch out for
  • what to look for
  • why it’s important to balance total freedom and structure in the workplace and more.

Watch and learn how to develop and use your strengths in the work place and how to find the right job for you.

Want more ways on how to focus and be more productive at work? Check out Driven to Distraction at Work

and  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective ADHD Adults.

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Time is Precious

Sages through the ages have cautioned us to Seize the Day. And yet we don’t.

Time… rolls unnoticed.
We spend it.
We waste it.
We even kill it.
Time is a finite resource, but we behave as if it were infinite because, at the deepest level, we deny the fact of death in our everyday lives.
Only a fool… or a person too busy to think….will not do what it takes to live life to its fullest while he can.
Are you doing what matters most to you? Take an inventory today on how you spend your time and try to get the best return on your investment. 

3 Tips to managing your time:

  1. Do what matters most to you:  One way to wrestle back control is to take a hard look at our priorities and decide what matters.” Don’t spread yourself too thin – you must choose, you must prioritize.
  2. Learn to say, “No thank you.” Be careful not to overcommit.
  3. Slow down: Stop, think and ask  yourself, what’s your hurry?  Why wake up, already impatient, and rush around and try to squeeze in more things than you should, thereby leading you to do all of it less well?  Your hurry is your enemy.

Dr. Hallowell explains how to Curtail, Delegate and Eliminate.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Dr. Hallowell on ‘Take Your Pills’ Netflix Documentary

Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts in this VIDEO on how this well meaning documentary meant to alert you to the dangers of stimulant medications used to treat ADHD misses the mark. It doesn’t include any perspective on what medications can do when they’re prescribed and used properly.

While one should be aware of the dangers of medications, they should also be informed that when medications are monitored and taken properly, they can be remarkably effective.

If you’d like to learn more information about medication to treat ADHD, consult with your doctor.
OTHER RESOURCES:
If you’re unable to watch the video, LISTEN to Dr. Hallowell’s mini podcast on why the Netflix Documentary ‘Take Your Pills’ misses the mark.
Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Overwhelmed and Under-delegating?

by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest

As a leader, delegation is an essential skill for maximizing productivity and managing stress when workloads are large and deadlines are tight. The problem is, many entrepreneurs wait too long to entrust others. This is often where “delegating” gets its bad name.  When you are stressed out you are likely to delegate poorly. Here are a few ways to pass along tasks with greater success:

  1. Start letting go. Create a list of tasks that rank from “can’t/won’t let go” and “can let go.” Get comfortable with passing along the latter list – the routine, low risk tasks that eat up hunks of your valuable time. Eventually, this move will free up time to train others to take on some tasks from the former list, so you can focus on what you do best.
  2. Think about delegation when hiring. Don’t wait for disaster to strike. When you interview candidates it’s good to choose a few players who are fast learners and flexible within a job description. Know each individual’s strengths, weaknesses and range of skills.
  3. Be specific with your instructions. A most common delegating mistake is assuming your “delegatee” understands the task and the outcome. Make the instructions as simple and clear as possible. Some people do better with written vs. oral instructions. Show an example of the ideal outcome. Be clear about deadlines. Avoid having to hover and re-do tasks because of mindless communication.
  4. Hire a competent student. If money is tight, advertise for a “Girl or Boy Friday.” These persons can be low cost interns who just want to shadow or hang around a startup. They are often quite capable (see #3) to take on personal, household and low priority workplace tasks that can save you an immense amount of time.

Delegating is not easy, but often necessary. Think of your time and energy as valuable commodities. From a cost savings perspective (do the math!) it’s cheaper to pay someone less to do a job that costs you more.

Having trouble letting go and getting things done well and on time? Perhaps some Core Four Coaching is in your future. Contact me at Rebecca@mindfulcommunication.com

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