Jim Livingstone

23 August 2023


“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently”. — Steve Jobs


Personal Power

Personal power is about embracing your authentic self and daring to challenge the constraints that society places upon you.

You recognise that true strength lies in being true to your convictions, even if you go against the grain and break free from conformity.

It’s about embracing the rebel within, finding courage in vulnerability, and fostering a genuine connection with others who share the same spirit of adventure and authenticity

This week’s ADHD Advantage


Your ADHD Observation Skills 

You have increased situational awareness and notice details others overlook.

Observant individuals tend to have a heightened sense of their surroundings.

Noticing the patterns, connections, and subtle cues in your surroundings can inspire new ideas, artistic expressions, and innovative thinking.

By noticing details and changes in your surroundings, you stay alert and navigate your environment more effectively. This is valuable for your personal safety, professional settings, and other day-to-day activities.

This week’s ADHD Challenge


Shiny Object Syndrome

S.O.S. is the tendency to be easily distracted by new and interesting things.

The allure of shiny objects or new stimuli can divert your attention and make it harder to stay engaged in activities requiring sustained attention and delayed gratification.

The impulsivity aspect of your ADHD can intensify the impact of shiny object syndrome, resulting in a habitual cycle of distraction and decreased productivity.

Your dopamine-seeking brain is very skilled in finding new and exciting ways to light up your life and isn’t interested in the long-term consequences of jumping on the SOS bandwagon


“John. He’s a nightmare. Never before have I met someone who suffers more acutely from SOS: Shiny Object Syndrome. He’s so scattered that it’s like working with confetti.” — Michael Bungay Stanier



  • Create a routine to improve focus, that can help train your brain to stay on track.
  • Remove potential distractions in your physical surroundings.
  • Set aside dedicated time blocks for work or important tasks without allowing distractions.
  • Notice your own patterns of distraction, when you get easily distracted and what triggers it. Develop strategies to refocus and minimize their impact.
  • Go DEEP into the task you have in front of you.
  • Limit your exposure to SOS
  • Wear dark glasses lol   😎 

Weekly Tip

Learning New Stuff

To help your ADHD executive function learn anything new you need to know how you learn best.

Secluded reading, making notes, highlighting important notes to re-read later 

Do you learn best by being hands-on?
Or by watching presentations or Youtube videos.
Maybe audio works best for you.
Look back over past experiences and see if you can pinpoint your best learning method.


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin


About my book notes.

I have read over 500+ books since 1992. Unfortunately, my limited ADHD memory means I forget most of it within a week or two!

I started keeping notes of interest on Word docs for later reference, and I am using these notes as the basis of what I present here.

When I’m reading and come across an inspiring idea or something that I haven’t heard before, or something I want to try, I save it.

That’s all my notes are. I’m not summarizing the book. I’m just saving useful ideas for later recall and use.

For your FREE copy of My Book Notes, www.jimlivingstone.com.au/adhd-resources/book-notes/

Take care, enjoy
Jim Livingstone

Author & Founder


Mobile : 61477888369
Email: jim@adhdaddults.com
Website: www.jimlivingstone.com.au

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DISCLAIMER :This newsletter is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal or other professional advice. The content is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. Please seek professional help if you believe you may have Mental Health Issues. 

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