By Rick Green,
One year wraps up and a fresh new year debuts.
Or, depending on your state of mind, one year staggers on it’s last legs as another lurks, ready to pounce!
Lately it’s felt more like the second version.
SO MUCH TO DO, SO LITTLE TIME
I need to be 5 different people. Or hire 5 different people!
The overwhelm I have been feeling over everything that needs doing finally forced me to actually use some of the ADHD tools I have learned.
(ASIDE: Why is it I only turn to the tools when I’m in overwhelm? Rather than use them all the time? Sigh!)
I SHOULD KNOW BETTER
After-all, the stuff I learned in Linda Walker’s course, The Maximum Productivity Makeover For Creative Geniuses will transform the overwhelm, clarify what needs doing, help me prioritize what to do first, and make sure I’m staying on track.
The course got me to appreciate how I worked, when I was most productive, when I needed to switch to mindless, non-creative stuff. Funny, I’ve been working for 35 years and was never really aware of my own rhythms.
What’s so frustrating is that I have all of the tools I learned in Linda’s course, plus dozens of tricks and practices I have found over the years—some were learned before I was diagnosed, some I discovered afterwards.
In fact, Patrick McKenna and I put 36 of our favourite tools and strategies together in our new video, ADD & Mastering It!. Clearly I know what to do.
THE ‘DO’ BRAIN CHEMICAL
But knowing and doing, are two every different things, right? We all know how to lose weight. Or save money. But knowing and doing…. There’s a disconnect.
ADHD involves difficulty doing what needs doing. You know what to do, but can’t.
One of the key neurotransmitters involved in ADHD is Dopamine. By coincidence, the first two letters of this brain chemical explain it’s effect. ‘Do.’
Dopamine helps us ‘Do’ things, get moving, get started, and keep going. I know all this, yet, here I am, struggling to ‘do’ what needs doing, starting that disheartening slide down into overwhelm and then despair… Then I did something smart. I talked about it with Ava. I got out of my head. She listened, mostly. Saying it aloud broke the hold it had on me.
A PAUSE, A DEEP BREATH, A WARM DRINK
I took a break. Made a coffee. (Decaf) Looked for a cookie. (Couldn’t find any I like. Cinnamon? Yuck.)
Then I made an agreement with myself to write three paragraphs of a Blog. Just three. “I can manage that.” Despite having a thousand things to do.
One word lead to another, ideas started flowing… I was doing and enjoying! I kept doing and now… I’m done! The sun has set but my mood is infinitely brighter. I’m awake, engaged, in action…MOMENTUM! What should I do now? (Oh, right, my list of To-Dos will know.)
WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE?
A complete turnaround, all because I went from stewing to doing.
One small step.
I believe it’s tip number 17 of 36 in ADD & Mastering It!
I should watch that more often. (Blush)