The main points covered in this article on ADD ADHD are:
· Implementing ideas from ADHD books
· Challenges at work
· Sleep issues
I have been told by ADHD coaching clients that when they have tried to learn ways of countering their ADD from ADHD books, they have found it nearly impossible to implement the helpful tips, tools and techniques on their own. It’s for this reason that one needs support, encouragement and the opportunity to gain some useful tools from coaching while trying out these new skills. Having a coach slowly go over the information in a book can be very useful as they are able to help break the tips down into manageable tasks.
Some things to consider at work.
Organization – Organizing one's paperwork and other aspects of the job can be challenging.
Prioritization – It can be difficult at times to figure out the most effective sequence in terms of getting things done. For example, a person with ADD may struggle to prioritize which tasks should be done first, second and then third on a work project.
Time management – Efficient and effective use of time can be daunting in one's career, especially when meeting deadlines.
Making and keeping appointments can also be an organizational and time management challenge.
Noise distractions and other such interruptions in offices can be pretty disturbing. Learning how to deal with interruptions and then get back to the task at hand could be a beneficial skill to have and this is why the key message in this article on ADD ADHD is that coaching support can help.
Learning new things and new procedures can be challenging. Short term memory issues may necessitate going over things several times before getting them right as the information is often heard but not registered or stored away in the brain for later retrieval.
With all of the above considerations, employee coaching can be very beneficial.
Getting the right amount of sleep each night is an essential element of performing at one’s best and dealing with the difficulties and distractions of the day ahead. Figuring out the right amount of for you is the first thing to do and the best way to gauge this is to simply monitor the amount of sleep you need to feel alert and refreshed the next day.
Getting into a good pre-sleep routine can be of great benefit and the following can be helpful things to consider.
- Figure out how much time you need beforehand to prepare for sleep; is it half an hour or more?
- Start preparing for bed ahead of time, allowing the time you need to prepare for sleep.
- Switch off your computer at least two hours before going to bed. It is believed that there is a blue light in the computer screen which activates the brain.
- If you drink caffeine beverages, consider stopping their intake around three in the afternoon.
- Regular exercise earlier in the day can help to relieve stress and promote greater relaxation when you are ready to go to bed. Yoga or meditation can be helpful just before getting into bed.
- Consider lowering the room temperature a couple degrees. You may doze better in a cooler room.
- If at all possible, keep to a regular sleep schedule where you go to bed at about the same time each day.
The aim of this article on ADD ADHD is to offer practical suggestions, but if sleeping problems continue, it can be very helpful to get checked out by a physician. Once medical conditions have been ruled out, working with a coach could help you put together a pre-sleep plan and also help you to stick to it.
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