Inspiration, Intention, Action - The ADHD Project Newsletter 5/20

Inspiration, Intention, Action - The ADHD Project Newsletter 5/20

  • All About Habits: I don't believe the myth that those with ADHD cannot form habits, we do it all the time without even realizing it. I do, however, believe that we need to look at them through the lens of ADHD and learn how to work within the guidelines of our unique brain patterns....Keep Scrolling Read the Full Newsletter

  • Podcast: NEW EPISODE and Vacation - Our latest episode "What's My Job Again" is out now! Check it out to learn about jobs you never knew existing and fun ways of making a living that you never considered. Click Here - Check out episode 6 of The ADHD Project Podcast! Also, we'll be taking a summer vacation break and there will be no new episode on 6/11, we will resume our usual schedule as normal on 6/25.

  • Want to get in on the fun? - HUGE THANK YOU to Dana W. for writing our most recent guest blog article! She shared with me that it sparked a conversation among the other teachers at her school about how to better accommodate children who learn differently. How great is it that sharing her story will help so many people? If you're interested in sharing your story or thoughts as well, please respond to this email or reach out to us via info@theadhdproject.com!

All About Habits

Today, I want to share some insights on a topic that's incredibly important to me —habits. I don't believe the myth that those with ADHD cannot form habits, we do it all the time without even realizing it. I do, however, believe that we need to look at them through the lens of ADHD and learn how to work within the guidelines of our unique brain patterns. Implementing systematic changes to my habits was invaluable to my progress in managing my day-to-day symptoms.

Why Habits Matter for ADHD Management

For a lot of us, the concept of habits can feel elusive. We often hear about the importance of habits, or on the other hand we hear that we aren't able to form them (myth!). The truth is, effective habits can transform the way we manage our daily lives, enhancing our productivity, focus, and overall well-being. As James Clear says in his best-selling book Atomic Habits, "You don't rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems" - and habits are an integral part of the systems in our lives.

1. Structure and Routine: Habits provide a sense of structure and routine, which can help tame the chaos that seems to run our lives. Establishing consistent habits helps create a predictable environment, making it easier to manage time and tasks effectively.

2. Reduced Decision Fatigue: By automating certain tasks, habits reduce the need for constant decision-making. This can be a game-changer, freeing up mental energy to focus on more important and creative tasks.

3. Building Positive Momentum: Small, positive habits can build momentum over time, leading to significant improvements in all areas of life. Whether it’s a morning exercise or a nightly review of the day, these habits can help build a sense of accomplishment and your self-confidence.

 

Strategies for Building Effective Habits

Creating habits that stick can be challenging, but it’s entirely possible with the right approach. Here are a few strategies that we’ll delve into more deeply in our upcoming webinar:

1. Identity-Based Goals: Instead of focusing on results only, align your habits with your identity. For instance, rather than aiming to "exercise more," your goal could be to identify as a person who values health and fitness.

2. Habit Stacking: Link new habits to existing ones. This technique leverages the neural pathways already established by your current routines, making it easier to adopt new behaviors.

3. Optimizing the Four Stages of Habit Formation: Understanding and optimizing the cue, craving, response, and reward stages can significantly enhance your ability to form and maintain habits. This process helps ensure that your habits are both appealing and sustainable.

Join Me to Learn More

If you're curious to learn more about how you can use your habits as a key part of managing your ADHD, I invite you to join our upcoming webinar, "Building Effective Habits for ADHD."

Webinar Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, June 26th, 2024
  • Time: 6:30 PM EST
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Presenter: Aaron Frank, Founder of The ADHD Project

During this webinar, we’ll talk about these strategies in detail and teach you how to tailor them specifically to the ADHD experience. You'll walk away with practical tools and insights to start building habits that support your goals and enhance your daily life.

Why Attend?

  • Expert Guidance: Learn from my personal experiences and expertise in managing ADHD through habits.
  • Opportunity to Ask Questions: Q&A session at the end for all of your burning questions.
  • Recording Included: All attendees will receive complementary access to the webinar recording after attendance.

Don’t miss this opportunity to transform your habits and your life. Register Now to secure your spot, and let's take this journey together towards a more fulfilling life with ADHD.

Thank you for being a part of The ADHD Project community. I look forward to seeing you at the webinar!

Thanks as always for reading,

Aaron Frank
Founder
The ADHD Project

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