Archives for October 2014

How to Get Going On a New Task When You Have ADHD

In this video, I answer a great question from a blog reader.

“It seems to take me forever to get going on new activities; especially when I start my day or at the office. Can you help?”

This is a very common problem and it’s pretty easy to overcome when you know what to do. So watch this short video to find out what the 3 steps are!

How to Stop Worrying When You Have ADHD

Worry and ADHD go hand in hand. Your creative busy mind thinks of all sorts of things to worry about. However, there are things you can do to empower yourself and stop worrying. In this video, I share my 3 best tips!

What do you worry about? Leave a note for me in the comment section below.

Download this inspirational printout by clicking on the image below:
Worry Doesn't Empty Tomorrow Of It's Sorrow. It Empties Today Of It's Strength.  ~ Corrie Ten Boom

Top Ten Best ADHD Blog Award

psychcentralawardGuess what? The Untapped Brilliance blog just won an award!

It’s one of the Top Ten Best ADHD blogs! Isn’t that awesome? I was so happy, excited and incredibly honored when I found out.

Psych Central is an incredibly site for all things related to mental health. Here’s what they wrote:

The hallmark of this blog is its unrelenting positive tone. Jacqueline Sinfield’s approach combines realism, practicality and optimism. Posts feature easy-to-implement strategies, from issues such as time management to completing housework. The combination of written and video posts is easy to digest. There are free resources useful for students and adults. While the techniques might not lead to brilliance immediately, betterment is certainly achievable. It’s a particularly great site if your morale is low and you need a kick-start of a ‘can-do’ attitude.

A huge thanks to John Grohol CEO and founder of Psych Central, as well as his colleagues and readers of Psych Central, who all helped to create the list. The full list is here. Go check it out as it’s a great resources of first class ADHD knowledge.

While you are there, have a look at the whole of the Psych Central site. It has information on many things that overlap with ADHD, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep, stress and Bipolar Disorder.

Thanks for reading Untapped Brilliance! and thanks for emailing me. I love hearing when an article has resonated with you, or suggestions for future article topics.

Is there a topic you would like me to write about? Leave me a note in the comment section below!


Here is the time management video:

And here is How to Do Housework When You Have ADHD:

Why it’s Hard to Stop Multi-tasking!

Why it’s Hard to Stop Multi-tasking!This summer, I wrote an article called, ‘ADHD and Single Tasking’; all about why single tasking is the new multi-tasking. You can check it out here. If you are still multi-tasking, don’t feel bad. Today’s article explains why multi-tasking is compelling.

Daniel J. Levitin, a psychology professor at McGill University and author of the book, ‘The Organized Mind’, explains we can’t really multi-task because the brain can only do one thing at once. Rather than do 4 things at a time, the brain rapidly moves from one activity to the next.

However, every time we shift focus, we burn glucose, which is the food our neurons use. After a couple of hours of speedy shifting, we feel drained. In addition to using up our glucose store, cortisol (the stress hormone) has also been released, causing us to feel edgy and warping our self-perception.

This bit is key! When we are in this tired, edgy state, we think we are good at multi-tasking, but we aren’t; we just think we are. Levitin likens it to thinking we can drive safely after drinking a lot of alcohol.

When you have ADHD, multi-tasking can be part of your life for few reasons:

1) You are scared to forget to do something. You act on the thought right away, regardless of what you are working on when it popped into your mind.
2) You have a low threshold for boredom, uni-tasking feels boring.
3) You crave stimulation; so by flitting from one thing to the next quickly, life seems more exciting.

However, with your new knowledge that no one is good at multi-tasking (even you), experiment with single-tasking. Switch off your phone, close down all the windows open on your computer and give one task all your attention. If it feels weird at first, sit through that feeling. If you remember something you need to do, jot it down on a notepad, so you don’t forget and bring your focus back to the task at hand. Not only will you feel calmer, more energized, you will also get a lot more done!

Are you a multi-tasker or a single tasker? Let me know in the comments section below!