Edge Foundation board member, Nancy Ratey, publishes a new book: The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents (St Martins Press April ‘08)
“This is a book about possibility,” says Ratey “It’s both a practical guide to taking control of the symptoms with which individuals with ADHD struggle, and an inspirational summons to believe that living a rich and balanced life – a life you love – is possible.”
The book addresses the common issues confronted by the ADHD adult:
“Where did the time go?”
“I’ll do it later, I always work better under pressure anyway.”
“I’ll just check my e-mail one more time before the meeting…”
“I’ll pay the bills tomorrow – that will give me time to find them.”
The strategies for managing time, staying on task, and accomplishing your goals are simple, and they work:
The Parking Lot — Distracted by someting you need to do later? Get it out of your mind by writing it down on your ‘parking lot’ note pad, where it will be safely stored for later.
Beat the Clock – Have a deadline on a report? Take your laptop to the park, pop in the battery, and get going. Watch the power drain as your report gets done. Hit save before the battery runs out!
Appoint a “Watch Dog”—Saying or doing things you regret? Enlist a trusted friend to watch over you and your actions. Give him permission to be very honest and to confront you if you are about to do something you might be sorry for, like calling an old flame or walking off your job.
Nancy A. Ratey, EdM., MCC is a strategic life coach specializing in coaching professionals with ADHD and an internationally recognized expert on the subject of ADHD coaching. Her work has been featured in The NY Times, Newsday, Wired, and Vogue, and has appeared on ABC, CBS and NPR. Click here for more on the book.