…so I’ve been gone for a while

Hey, sorry I have been away for a while.  I took on a new job which had me really busy.  I am back though and am working on something amazing that I’ll be talking more in depth about in the near future.

Lately I have been working on mindfulness.  Over the last year I have wrote at length about how it can be helpful for people who struggle with ADHD.  I’ve read a lot of things from all over the web but what I’ve noticed is a severe lack of information for people with ADHD from people who deal with it.

So as a show of things to come I have put together a mini exercise that I use before starting a project or reading something:

Breathing Mindfulness:

  1. Sit down (or get into a comfortable position).
  2. Set a timer for 5 minutes.
  3. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
  4. When you have abstract thoughts label them as “thinking” and imagine yourself putting them on a shelf then re-focus on your breathing.
  5. Continue this until the timer runs out

And that’s it.  If you can’t do it for 5 minutes then do it as long as possible and work up to it.  Also, if you have a thought that keeps coming up then note it down and focus on it later. 

I did this exercise before doing some research.  This practice helped me focus and not get sidetracked and I hope it helps you too.

ADHD Success: James Carville

Whether you like him jamescarvilleor hate him James Carville has had an impressive career.  Did you know that he also has ADHD?  Leading the Clinton Campaign against George Bush Sr. he helped clinch an impressive victory.

During an interview with CBS  he told of how a doctor approached him while he was traveling  and exclaimed, “I’ve been lookin’ at you the last five minutes, and I’m pretty sure you’ve got a real case of ADHD just watching you.”

From there he started taking measure to mitigate his ADHD and even, “built a life around it.”  Since then he has continued to have a successful career in the Democrat party.

What makes James Carville awesome?  Personally I find it awesome that he was successful BEFORE he was diagnosed, but it wasn’t easy.  He flunked out of college once and joined the Marines then went back to school again where he graduated with a 4.0 (his blood alcohol level, not his GPA) according to CBS News.

In closing politics takes a lot of energy and Carville’s ability to be hyperfocused and adaptable has turned him into a king maker among mere political consultants.

4 Steps I Use To Get Rid of Anxiety

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As I have spoken with many of you about your struggles I have found that I am very been blessed.  I say that I’m blessed because I’ve never been diagnosed with depression or anxiety.  However, that does not mean that I haven’t gone through times in my life when I don’t feel those symptoms.  I also know that many who struggle with ADHD (as well as other mental health conditions) also suffer from symptoms of anxiety.  That being said today I’ll be discussing the way that I have dealt with this.

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Site Announcement-Journal Entries

I’ve decided to start using Tumblr for all future journal entries.  My first entry was an in depth look at my story many of you know it but I do go into more detail in some areas.  I am doing this because I want to keep this site reserved for topics that I have researched and Tumblr for an account of me dealing with my ADHD.

How a Smart Watch Can Help w/ ADHD

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The watch I use is the LG G Watch R.

While I am at work, every hour, on the hour my LG G Watch R buzzes at me to remind me specific task that must be completed.  Personally I find this to be an indispensable tool and without it my job would be more difficult.  Smart watches have been around in some form or fashion for a few years now.  Rangng in price from $79 all the way up to $300+ these watches do Continue reading

ADHD Success: Adam Levine

adam-levine-the-voice-contestant-fight-04You may know him from as the lead singer of Maroon 5 or a Vocal Coach on The Voice, but that isn’t the only thing that he’s vocal about.  Did you know that he has ADHD?  From childhood he’s had a trouble staying seated and struggled to keep his grades up.  He was diagnosed with ADHD as a teen which is when he started working with his doctor to manage its’ symptoms.

As he ventured into his singing career he noticed that he was having trouble writing songs and spoke to his doctor about these symptoms and that is when he discovered that he has Adult ADHD.  Working with his physician he continues to work on his ADHD and endeavors to spread awareness of it.

Review: My Effectiveness Pro

I tend to root for the underdog.  So when I see an individual developer coming out with something I tend to give them a shot and a little more leeway than I would with a major corporation with millions to spend on development.  That being said, I opened My Effectiveness Pro knowing that I may find a few bugs.  The concept of what I found inside was impressive and after that things started to go down hill.

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