Info on ADHD

Welcome to the Untapped Brilliance Blog! I am Jacqueline Sinfield the ADHD coach for Adults. On this blog you will find tons of info on ADHD. One the most common sentence I hear from clients is ‘I have so much potential but I just can’t seem to reach it’.  I wrote the ADHD book Untapped Brilliance: How to Reach Your Full Potential as an Adult with ADHD to answer that very question. Untapped Brilliance outlines simple yet highly effective, alternative ways to minimize your unwanted ADHD symptoms so that your wonderful gifts can shine brightly. When that happens, not only are you able to reach your potential, but your life also becomes way less stressful and lots more fun.

The articles here on the blog are all a reflection of my ADHD Coaching philosophy. I am really excited to share with you loads of info on ADHD, and proven strategies that are super effective in minimizing your negative aspects of ADHD so that your magnificent gifts can shine brightly and you too can reach your potential!

Don’t forget to leave questions or comments as I love hearing from you

ADHD and Discipline

ADHD and DisciplineDiscipline is the ability to control behavior. Parents might discipline their children to behave a certain way. Self-discipline is the ability to control your own behavior. The reason why self-discipline is considered so important is because it’s linked to success.

Teachers know students with discipline usually get good grades, bosses know their disciplined employee will do good work. When someone demonstrates behaviors we associate with discipline, they are viewed in a positive light. They are prized in our society.

Unfortunately, it’s common for adults with ADHD to hear that they ‘lack discipline’. When you repeatedly hear comments about your lack of discipline, as a child from your teachers and parents, those external messages become part of how you think about yourself. Later in life, you might hear those same comments from your partner and bosses.

When you have ADHD, it is vital to remember any problems you have with discipline, have absolutely nothing to do with you being ‘lazy’, ‘unmotivated’ or ‘not caring’. It is all related to biology and your brain. This is how you were born! ADHD is a neurological condition. It has nothing to do with your character. Whatsoever!

If you picture a disciplined person, either someone you know, or an ideal in your mind’s eye, these are the typical qualities and behavior of a disciplined person:

  1. Gets up early
  2. Has a clear plan for their day, written the night before
  3. Follows those plans, and doesn’t let external events distract them
  4. Is an excellent time manager
  5. Works productively; the word, “procrastination” is not in their vocabulary
  6. Does tasks even though they don’t feel like it
  7. Know what their long term goals are
  8. Daily actions working towards achieving those goals
  9. Doesn’t waste time; such as playing Tetris online
  10. Follows through with tasks and projects until they are completely finished
  11. Are on time for meetings and appointments
  12. Always do what they say they were going to
  13. Looks interested in what the person they are talking to is saying
  14. Is organized and tidy

Now, if we consider the challenges that an adult ADHD has, they struggle with EVERY ONE of those items. It’s not because they are lazy, but because their brain is different at a biological, chemical and functional level. Those differences mean that you behave differently to someone without ADHD.

That doesn’t mean you can’t change your behaviour. You can develop those behaviours that Mr. and Ms. Discipline have. It just means they don’t come naturally to you.

Here is how to develop the behaviours of a disciplined person.

Start treating your ADHD right now! There are 4 prongs of treatment. Head here to learn what they are and how. Giving the brain the foundational pieces it needs to do its best work makes the rest of these suggestions easier implement.

http://untappedbrilliance.com/how-to-treat-adhd/

1. Remove any lingering guilt or shame you have from what you have been told about in your past. This is very helpful to help you start feeling good about yourself and believing you can change.

2. Identify an area you would like to become more disciplined in. For example: ‘Arrive to all appointments on time or 5 minutes early’. Work on that first. Once that has become second nature, pick your next target area. Making these changes takes time. Be patient with yourself.

3. Work out what motivates you. When you are motivated, everything is so much easier.

4. Develop habits. Habits take away any need of willpower or motivation. They become your default mode of operation.
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5. Use Checklists. They are incredible to help you feel organized and productive. They also help with starting a task and follow through.

6. Learn about sleep and how to wake up when you have ADHD.

7. Learn how to set goals and plan your day the ADHD-friendly way.

8. Try these suggestions to help with passage of time problems.
http://untappedbrilliance.com/why-does-time-travel-differently-when-you-have-adhd/

9. Set your work environment up for maximum productivity
http://untappedbrilliance.com/the-6-things-every-adhd-workspace-needs-for-maximum-productivity/

10. Become a master at being on time for every appointment.
http://untappedbrilliance.com/how-to-be-on-time-every-time-when-you-have-adhd/

11. Celebrate every win!

7 Secrets from a Very Successful ADHDer

7 Secrets from a Very Successful ADHDer

I am always interested to learn what habits successful people have and how they think. If they have ADHD, then that interest goes into overdrive. When one of my favorite podcasts, ‘Spartan Up’ interviewed ADHDer, Sir Richard Branson, I was very … [Continue reading]

Best ADHD Blogs of 2015

Healthline Award

Good News!! The Untapped Brilliance blog has been voted One of The 12 Best ADHD Blogs of 2015 by HealthLine.com. I am hugely honored and very excited! To learn more, head here http://budurl.com/7fse Healthline.com covers all health matters from … [Continue reading]

How to Do Your Laundry When You Have ADHD

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Laundry is one of those tasks that is vital in order to succeed in life. It is also boring and a multi-step process; two things that fill ADHDers hearts with dread! The problem with all multi-step tasks is that you can get distracted at any point. … [Continue reading]

How to Decide What to Wear When You Have ADHD

How to Decide What to Wear When You Have ADHD

Deciding what to wear in the morning can be hard. However, it can be extra painful when you have ADHD for these reasons. 1.     Decision making is challenging: big and small. 2.     Mornings aren’t your best time; you might not feel awake for 3 … [Continue reading]

Why it’s Important to Make Your Bed When You Have ADHD

Why it’s Important to Make Your Bed When You Have ADHD

In May 2014, Admiral McRaven gave a commencement speech at the University of Texas. In this inspiring speech, he gave the graduating students 10 Life Lessons on how to change the world. These life lessons came from his career as a navy … [Continue reading]

ADHD and Rage

ADHD and Rage

Not everyone with ADHD experiences rage. But the people that do, usually experience it very intensely. The dictionary definition of rage as: 'to feel or express violent uncontrollable anger" ADHD and RAGE Anger is considered a normal and healthy … [Continue reading]

How to Create Healthy Boundaries When You Have ADHD

How to Create Healthy Boundaries When You Have ADHD

Adults with ADHD often struggle with boundaries; either with enforcing their boundaries or respecting other peoples’ boundaries or both. Boundaries are rules you set for yourself, based on your values and priorities. Some boundaries are … [Continue reading]

Do You Have ADHD Daytime Sleepiness?

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75 percent of adults with ADHD have problems with sleep, getting to sleep, staying asleep and waking up are the most common issues. Another type of sleep problem is falling asleep during the daytime at unusual times. For example, in class, meetings … [Continue reading]

The 6 Things Every ADHD Workspace Needs For Maximum Productivity

The 6 Things Every ADHD Workspace Needs For Maximum Productivity

For maximum productivity, you need to create a physical environment that promotes your ability to focus and concentrate. Here are the 6 things that every ADHD adult needs in their workspace in order to work as effectively as possible. A Clear … [Continue reading]