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Tracy was inspired to talk about this topic from one of the members of her Facebook group. She shared this member's story about always being late. Not intentionally, but because she doesn’t have a good grasp for how long things will take. When she made the effort to be on time (because it is important to her) it took every bit of her focus. “Why,” she asked, “is time so hard for me?”
Here are Tracy’s insights about time in this part one episode.
Why does the ADHD brain struggle with time?
The first part is understanding why we do what we do. Once we understand why only then can we find actual work-arounds and resources that will work for us. We’ll cover that in detail in part two in the next episode.
You have to hear Tracy’s dating story about showing up late – and then being less than truthful about it. This was one of the experiences that helped her realize that time was an issue for her.
The ADHD brain is time blind. It doesn’t have a good understanding of time because we can't feel time. Often we can't even see time. We don’t know how many minutes or hours a project can take. Find out why this skill is so hard for us.
Cooking a meal and hosting guests is another example of how the lack of time-awareness can cause issues. Hear Tracy’s go-to solution and results.
Hear what she learned when she decided to time herself on a few kitchen-related tasks. Hint: her estimate was not at all accurate!
Being on time professionally is a value for Tracy. Is it a value for you?
Tracy’s research on time explains that time has to be learned. Many ADHD people do not have a fluid awareness of time because we can’t see it or feel it.
Find out why distractions can impact our best time-management strategies.
Time issues are also related to memory issues. Tracy explains why they are linked and how one impacts the other.
Tracy explains future myopia and how it impacts the ADHD person’s understanding of time. You’ll no doubt see yourself in this explanation.
Arguing with time is a thing. Do you find yourself doing this?
How do your beliefs impact your timeliness or lack thereof? Do your time-beliefs work for you?
Recurring appointments, yes or no? Does putting everything on the calendar work for you?
Tracy shares how asking for help with planning and scheduling has helped her.
Emotional regulation is a part of why we struggle with time and Tracy explains how it can impact you.
Next week Tracy is sharing what’s working for her and others. It starts with understanding ourselves and what matters to us. Having that information is imperative. That’s why Tracy created Coretography.
Entrepreneurs and those with ADHD have some undeniable similarities. But could ADHD itself be the secret to their success? Today, Tracy explores the similarities between entrepreneurs and those with ADHD. We will dive into some scientific evidence, as well as personal examples that show the differences in those with ADHD that make them perfect for being successful when pursuing their passion.
Here are the key connections that Tracy makes between entrepreneurs and those with ADHD.
Listen to Tracy’s anecdote of the first business she ever started - an unsuccessful Christmas Card business in her childhood. It may give you a chuckle.
Tracy’s entrepreneurial spirit spurred her on to even more endeavors in adulthood.
Listen as Tracy explains the pros of entrepreneurialism - from new experiences, never being bored, learning something new every day, etc.
Tracy lists some ADHD characteristics that most entrepreneurs tend to share: hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity.
You won’t want to miss the statistics Tracy shares that show a shocking connection between ADHD and entrepreneurship.
Hear Tracy explain how those with ADHD are “left over hunters in a farmer driven world.”
Listen as Tracy shares how the resilience of those with ADHD helps them weather the storms they will face in their entrepreneurial ventures.
Hear how it all may boil down to biology and neurological responses to our environment.
Tracy explores impulsivity from a scientific standpoint and links it to intuition and impatience/boredom.
Tracy also explains how those with ADHD use intuitive decision making, proactiveness, and risk-taking to succeed.
Entrepreneurs and those with ADHD often love flexibility and love being their own boss. Hear how Tracy explains this from a personal perspective and a scientific point of view.
Find out why acting and seeking novelty are traits that explain the entrepreneurial brain.
Hear how she explains how creativity is impulsivity “gone right.”
Tracy explains “hyperfocus” and how it is the key to success for entrepreneurs. You won’t want to miss the evidence she shares about why it is so important for those of us with ADHD to discover and pursue our passion(s).
We have executive functions that help us in life. They help us organize, plan and control our life
so it’s manageable. It’s how we can take care of ourselves and get things done. Most of us with
ADHD have trouble with one or more of the six executive functions. Today, I am talking about the executive function that involves emotion. It’s what helps us manage frustration and it gives us the ability to regulate our emotions.
Here are the key elements Tracy has learned when dealing with emotions and situations that can become emotional.
Tracy explains emotional dysregulation and how it shows up and how it impacts us.
How does stress impact our emotions and how do recognize it in ourselves and in others?
Tracy shares how perfectionism and time management affect her emotions and how she’s learned to work around these situations.
Intensity is a big part of ADHD and it’s a big part of managing emotions as well.
Tracy’s experience with the Apple watch, and how it’s helped her be able to cook again!
What can you do when emotional intensity comes up? Listen for some go-to solutions that can help you manage or even remove an emotionally charged situation.
You can choose. Tracy shares that awareness is separate from emotion and thought. How to identify and name what is causing the emotion and doing this exercise can help.
Don’t miss Tracy’s bull frog story. It’ll make you smile.
Why allowing ourselves to feel the feelings can ultimately help you eliminate the feeling.
If you want different results, you need to change your behavior. Emotions don’t always lead to a behavior; sometimes it’s the opposite.
Self-control is a neurobiological trait. It requires the ability to have hind-sight and fore-sight and the ability to wait. Understanding how this impacts behavior is key to managing emotions.
Perry Janssen, Psychotherapist gave us great tips you’ll find helpful.
Tracy shares her experience with medication for her son and herself. When my son was diagnosed medication was the only thing recommended which didn’t feel right to us. Today we’re talking medications and my personal insights about how they worked (or didn’t work) for us. I hope it’s helpful for you as you navigate the prescription roller coaster.
Here are a few highlights from this episode:
Here are the links for resources Tracy mentioned.
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Tracy covers the basic facts about an ADHD diagnoses. Find out what’s included, how does it show up, the differences in symptoms in children and adults.
She gives specific examples of behaviors that you may find very familiar. She also talks about why many women are not diagnosed and the seldom discussed advantage of having an ADHD brain.
Knowledge is powerful in understanding how the ADHD brain works. Get a practical, real-life understanding of how it affects women.
Here’s what Tracy covers in detail:
Host Tracy Otsuka is a lawyer, not a doctor, a life-long student, not a coach. She’s also the creator of Coretography a patent pending system that helps people (like you) figure out what to do with your life.
She’ll be talking about ADHD, your super powers, your symptoms, your solutions and work-arounds and how you proudly stand out. Tracy credits ADHD for some of her superpowers and much of her success in life.
In this episode:
That’s how ADHD for Smart A** women began. First the Facebook group, and now the podcast. Join us!