Jim Livingstone

5 April, 2023


“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall


Personal Power

You need to develop and direct your personal ADHD power. 

Many people with ADHD can thrive and succeed personally and professionally. There are many support groups out there to help you do the same.

Find the books, resources and tribes that feel right for you. Look for sites that have a positive ADHD bias. Start with Google ADHD and ChatGPT and enjoy the journey.

The critical part is to personalise the information to suit you, and your goals, then implement what you have learnt.

Knowledge is useless until you put it into action.

This week’s ADHD Advantage

Out-of-the-Box Thinking

Out-of-the-box thinking can be a valuable skill in many areas of life, including business, education, and personal relationships. It requires a willingness to take risks, think creatively, and challenge conventional wisdom.

It is a way of unconventional or creative thinking that goes beyond the typical or expected ideas or solutions. It refers to thinking beyond conventional wisdom’s constraints and approaching problems or situations from a fresh and innovative perspective.

Out-of-the-box thinking often involves brainstorming, experimentation, and trial and error. It can lead to new and innovative ideas and can help individuals and organisations find creative solutions to complex problems.


“It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box” – Tim Ferriss


This week’s ADHD Challenge

Improve Your Executive Function (EF) Abilities

Most people with ADHD have reduced executive function, which makes life more challenging.

It shows up in difficulty making decisions, which leads to procrastination. Being organised is not your strong suit. You have a limited working memory capacity and may be prone to emotional outbursts. Directing and controlling what you focus on can be a constant battle.

These issues deplete your ADHD brain of the energy it needs to run efficiently. When you run out of brain fuel, you can’t control your emotions or reactions.



  • Use visual cues to overcome working-memory capacity
  • Time awareness – use your mobile or a timer to set time blocks
  • Break challenging projects into stages, then into tasks 
  • EF uses fuel from ADHD’s small tank, with no reserve!
  • No fuel = no control
  • ADHD brain has a limited capacity fuel tank
  • Dopamine is your brains fuel
  • Sprint, recover – repeat
  • Low blood sugar is low fuel warning light.
  • Take 10-minute breaks often to refuel the tank
  • Meditation refuels the tank
  • Exercise refuels and increases the tank size
  • Build systems and routines, like safety scaffolding, to keep everything in place and stop you from falling.

Weekly Tip

Be Kind to Your ADHD Brain.

Your brain holds the key to the treasure chest of your dreams.

Overeating too many “cheat meals,” or worse, “cheat days,” kills brain cells.

Eating crappy food or drinking to excess isn’t a reward. It’s a punishment.

You need eight hours of sleep to remove the daily build-up of toxins in your brain.

Drink water regularly.

Do not let your blood sugar get too low. 

Add more fibre to each meal by adding seeds, nuts, legumes, avocados, berries, or veggies.


                   “Your ADHD brain holds the keys to your future, best you look after it” – Jim L


Take care, enjoy
Jim Livingstone

Author & Founder


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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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