Jim Livingstone

19 June 2024

ADHD with JIM LIVINGSTONE

Hello, and Welcome

G’day,

I struggled with undiagnosed ADHD for forty-six years, feeling like I didn’t fit in anywhere.

Since my ADHD diagnosis, I have spent the past twenty-six years reading, researching and testing every aspect of adult ADHD with the desire to become the very best version of myself.

Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way….

ADHD and PRESSURE

When you are faced with tight deadlines or high-stress situations, you can use pressure to hyper-focus, perform better and accomplish tasks more efficiently.

Pressure can stimulate your ADHD creative thinking and problem-solving abilities. When faced with time constraints or challenging circumstances, you are often forced to think quickly and come up with innovative solutions.

Your ability to handle pressure can contribute to building resilience and mental toughness. It helps you develop the capacity to bounce back from setbacks and face challenges with an optimistic attitude.

Pressure can act as a motivator, prompting you to work at your peak performance levels. When there is a sense of urgency, you tend to prioritise tasks, work efficiently, and accomplish more within a shorter timeframe.

It can help you refine time management, decision-making, and communication skills, as well as develop adaptability and flexibility in dealing with unexpected situations.

You can also design your day to create your own pressure to help access your ADHD skills.                   

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10 – 30 – 100 Day Challenge

Personal challenges help create a clear objective to work towards, increasing your motivation and concentration.

Challenges often require you to learn new things.

The satisfaction from achieving a challenge can be deeply fulfilling. Completing a savings goal, such as saving for a vacation or a significant purchase, can give you a strong sense of control.

Creative challenges stimulate your mind and enhance your problem-solving skills.

Examples of Personal Challenges:

  • No alcohol for a month.

  • Participating in a no-spend month to save money.

  • Committing to waking up an hour earlier every day.

  • Completing a reading list of 12 books in a year.

  • Following a 30-day fitness challenge, such as daily planks or push-ups.

  • Undertaking a digital detox challenge by reducing screen time.

    link to 10/30/100 day challenge pdf

Are you interested in receiving a free, Advanced Readers Copy of my book to review? If so, please send me an email with your details via the link to comments below, many thanks

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Use your late ADHD diagnosis as a life-changing New Beginning, and Stop punishing yourself mentally and emotionally. Remove any feelings of shame or embarrassment. You’re capable, worthy and deserving.

  • Stop Feeling Overstimulated or Overwhelmed.
  • Become more organised and proactive rather than reactive.
  • Go from feeling confused or frustrated to relief and self-acceptance.
  • Quiet your inner critic, switch off when needed, and give yourself a break.
  • Get your emotions under control and develop mental and emotional resilience. 

It’s time to drop the Mask and be your best authentic self. Find the positives in your unique neurodiversity.

You’re capable, worthy and deserving just as you are. Forge a new path to capitalise on your ADHD strengths and skills.

Peek Inside My Book…here is an unedited extract from Chapter 9

9

ADHD AT WORK 

   – Disclosing Your ADHD Diagnosis

   – ADHD at Work

   – Effective Work Strategies

 

*ADHD AT WORK. . 3 minutes

Adapting to Work Life with ADHD

Adapting to work life can pose unique challenges for individuals with ADHD. By focusing on informed communication, disclosure considerations, seeking adjustments, managing work-life balance, setting realistic expectations, and advocating for their needs, individuals with ADHD can thrive in their professional lives.

By openly discussing your diagnosis and the impact ADHD has on your work, you can foster understanding and build a supportive environment.

It is essential to share information about ADHD, its symptoms, and how it affects one’s work performance while also highlighting strengths and potential contributions.

Adjustments may include flexible work schedules, noise-cancelling headphones, task management tools, or providing written instructions. By actively seeking support and participating in the adjustment process, you can create a more conducive work environment that benefits all concerned.

Managing Work-Life Balance:

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial for the your overall well-being To achieve this balance, it is important to set boundaries and create structure.

Setting Realistic Expectations:

It is crucial to set realistic goals and communicate any challenges in meeting deadlines or completing tasks efficiently.

Employers and colleagues can be more understanding when there is open and honest communication about the impact of ADHD symptoms on work performance.

Being proactive in negotiating deadlines or seeking assistance when needed is an important skill to develop.

Advocating for Needs:

Advocacy is a vital aspect of thriving in the workplace with ADHD. By self-advocating, individuals with ADHD can ensure that their needs are met and that they have access to necessary resources.

This may involve seeking additional training, utilizing coaching or mentorship programs, or suggesting workplace initiatives aimed at creating a neurodiverse-friendly environment.

Building a strong support network within the workplace, including colleagues, mentors, or employee resource groups, can be immensely helpful in navigating the challenges of ADHD.

Be Honest and Transparent:

When speaking about your ADHD diagnosis, honesty is key. Clearly articulate your diagnosis, explaining what it means for you and how it might impact your work.

Highlight both the challenges and strengths associated with ADHD. Emphasise that ADHD does not define you, but rather, is a part of who you are. Share any accommodations or strategies that have worked well for you in the past.

Provide Solutions and Adjustment Suggestions:

Offer potential solutions and accommodations that can help you optimise your performance at work. These could include requesting specific organisational tools, time-management techniques, flexible work hours, or adjustments to your workspace.

By providing suggestions, you demonstrate your proactive approach and willingness to find practical solutions that benefit both you and the organisation.

Inform your employer about the specific changes that could help manage your ADHD symptoms at work. Clarify how these accommodations can lead to improved productivity and job performance.

 Request Confidentiality:

You have the right to request confidentiality regarding your ADHD diagnosis. Explain to your employer or supervisor that you would prefer to keep this information private and that it should only be shared with individuals on a need-to-know basis.

Confidentiality is crucial for maintaining trust and respect within the workplace.

Follow Up:

After disclosing your ADHD diagnosis, it’s important to follow up with your employer or colleagues to ensure that the information has been understood and any necessary accommodations have been implemented.

Open lines of communication and ongoing dialogue can help address any concerns or challenges that may arise in the future.

WARNING…

 A survey from Understood.org, a nonprofit that advocates for neurodivergent people, reported that around 32% of respondents said they were denied their request for accommodation, and another 23% reported losing their job or getting demoted after putting in an ask.

General awareness about the condition still has a long way to go. Around 68% of employees polled by a management consulting firm earlier this year said they were unfamiliar with neurodiversity, and only 14% said they received training on managing a neurodivergent employee.

be continued next week………

Please let me know what you think, the good, the bad and wtf?…link to comments on website

PS Love to hear your story if you want to share.

ADHD Traits

Many with ADHD have a unique and often infectious sense of humour that can lighten the mood and bring joy to those around them.

READERS REVIEWS

“I have been considering getting myself tested for ADHD for a while, so this book made a lot of sense to me. It was the first time when I felt like I was being seen and wasn’t being a weird woman. The author’s tips felt like I was talking to a friend about how to improve my life.

The summary at the end of each chapter made it easier to keep track of all the knowledge and helped me take notes. I loved this book’s easy language and flow.

I also have a lot of friends and family members who have ADHD, and I am excited to share this excellent book with them. The author’s personal experience and stories made it more amazing to me. I loved how the author talked about using ADHD habits as an advantage to improve life quality.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ADHD or, in general, wishes to learn more about ADHD and ADD”

 

Shalaka

 

Andris Mitt

Weekly Tip

Go Visual.

  • Vision is by far our most dominant sense, taking up half of our brain’s resources.
  • Visual processing doesn’t just assist in the perception of our world. It dominates the perception of our world.
  • Visual processing takes up about half of everything your brain does. (Brain Rules by John Medina)
  • If you have trouble remembering, go visual.
  • Use images or charts or multi-coloured post-it notes
  • Design a system that works for you, then share it with other ADHD’ers

 

“It has been said that 80% of what people learn is visual”. – Allen Klein

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Or if you have already and want to buy a copy

https://www.amazon.com//dp/B0BHKQV96M

Expect the Best,

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If you’ve got a second, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments. jim@jimlivingstone.com.au I reply to every email.

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