The One Thing Entrepreneurs with ADHD Need to Succeed

You have a powerful brain, but you have a problem.

It’s hard to control your mind.

Yet, this is exactly what you need to succeed.

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Dr. Edward Hallowell is a world renown expert in the ADHD brain, and he loves working with entrepreneurs. After decades of working with entrepreneurs with ADHD, he notes there is one mistake that entrepreneurs with ADHD make that keep them from being successful.

The ADHD mind is so powerful and has tons of energy. The difficulty, he notes, is in directing the energy.

Dr. Hallowell says it is like having a Ferrarri engine with bicycle brakes. You have so much power–as much as an engine in a Ferrarri, but the design of your brain is not geared to slow yourself down so you can control the energy in the most effective path.

Your mind is like a Ferrari engine with bicycle brakes.

Dr. Ned Hallowell

As a psychiatrist and expert in ADHD, Dr. Hallowell refers to himself as a “brakes specialist.”

As an entrepreneur with ADHD, you have an important task in front of you every day, and you need your creative and powerful mind to accomplish it. However, the brakes of your mind are insufficient to control the power.

This may translate to you being on too many social media platforms, diving in without a business plan or strategy or being off to the next thing while accounts still need to be paid.

Dr. Hallowell says that the one things entrepreneurs with ADHD must do to succeed is to direct their energy.

Direct your energy.

Dr. Edward Hallowell

To have success in your business, be sure you have a strategy to direct your energy.

This is what I mean when I say “don’t just dive in…take time to think-time, and get more time to focus on what matters most.”

When you take time to think-time with your Think Time Planner, you intentionally direct your energy. That is, you choose to use your best energy–not in a million directions–but toward what is most important.

Getting the most important things done is what drives results.

So, to skyrocket your results as an entrepreneur with ADHD, take time to think-time with your Think Time Planner. Just one hour a week can dramatically transform the other 168 hours.

Because Think Time Planner is designed with your brain in mind, it helps you have an outlet for your creative energy while getting the clarity you need to succeed.

Don’t let your powerful mind control you.

Instead direct your energy by using your Think Time Planner this week so you can find time for what is most important and get your best results.

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ATTITUDE

You already know this, but like all good truths, it is often good to be reminded.  

A lot is going on.  

Some is good.  

Some is bad.  

Some is in your control.  

And some is not.  

With a lot of our world shifting under your feet and over your head, I want to dig deep and share with you from some wise writings of one who has gone before us.  

Viktor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist and psychotherapist who endured and survived the horrific Nazi concentration camps. He observed many people suffer and endure much.  

He made many, many observations that are worth pursuing, but today, I will share one from his seminal work, Man’s Search for Meaning: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  

VIKTOR FRANKL

Your attitude, your choices, and your way. These are 100% yours all of the time.   This is why I include the Serenity Circle tool in my Think Time Planner.   There is much wisdom to be gained by gaining perspective on what is in your control and what is not within your control.  

In these days when much is shifting and much is out of your control, remember the one area that you have 100% control over is your thinking and your choices.  

Don’t let anyone or anything steal your freedom to THINK or your freedom to CHOOSE.  

Think Time Planner helps you get the clarity you need to succeed so you can choose your attitude, your choices, and your way during these uncertain days.  

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Are You Constantly Interrupted?

When I was launching my business, I did not know what I am about to share with you today. I wish I did because it would have helped me find soooo much more time…AND I would have been able to be more present with my family during that time!

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Most entrepreneurs with ADHD feel like they need to be available or respond immediately to get their best results. There is a sort of “NOW or NEVER” feeling that is ever present.

When a notification pings, you jump to answer so you can be helpful and available. If you are aware something needs to be done, you try to “knock it out” right now. But, somehow your efforts splinter and you don’t make the traction you want.

While everyone loves to hear immediately back from you,

reacting to just one notification

or

responding right away to that one e-mail

or neglecting to create uninterrupted time blocks for deep work…

may be stealing quite a lot from your results.

You may be thinking, “It’s just a minute. Not a big deal, right?”

Wrong.

The latest research shows that just one interruption can cause up to 23 minutes of lost productivity. You hear me right.

That 5 second glance at Instagram.

23 minutes of lost productivity.

That one e-mail.

23 minutes of lost productivity.

Responding to a quick unscheduled “got a minute?”

23 minutes of productivity.

And this is not just my opinion. This is what the data shows. And this is a LOT of unrealized time. So, if you are looking for more time, try to use the power of focus through uninterrupted time to get the traction you need.

To improve your productivity, use this neuro-time-hack to boost your productivity with your Think Time Planner. Set aside blocks of time as you think-time and do your deep work. Turn your cell phone off. Shut the door. Let everyone know when you will return (& honor your commitment).

Here are a few practical ways I set aside uninterrupted time:

I use a Time Timer. The visual impact of the red color diminishing communicates more quickly and clearly to my ADHD mind. All of a sudden, I can “see” what 10 minutes is. If you haven’t tried this yet, you’ve gotta. The science behind this simple tweak is similar to the strategies you use in your Think Time Planner to communicate more effectively to your ADHD brain. It’s a game changer! Get a Time Timer if you don’t have one yet!

I use noise canceling headphones. Because the ADHD mind is more open to distractions (through the senses), I find reducing the input into just one sense (hearing) can really help me focus. I pair it with music to fit the activity, or if the activity is physical, I listen to an online course or a podcast. (Important Note: If you are caring for children, do not use this technique. Being aware of the nuances of the sounds around you is key to keeping the kids safe.)

Set aside time to be interrupted. Time block “responsive time” to “walk the floor” and respond to needs. Set aside time to be with your family or your team proactively. You will both build into your relationships as well as prevent a lot of crises this way.

As a homeschooling mompreneur, I try to start my kids’ mornings with a lot of personal attention, ideas, and inspiration, so when it is time to play their minds have a lot of “fodder” with which to imagine and create. I start with a huge block of interruptible time, so when I need to focus without interruption for a small amount of time, I am more likely to have success. 

When you create your plan with your Think Time Planner, set aside blocks of time to do your deep work. Turn off your phone. Shut the door. Let everyone know when you will return (& honor your commitment).

Don’t let interruptions steal your focus and results anymore.

Say “no” to interruptions, and “yes” to your dreams and goals so you can…find more time to focus on what matters most.

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