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Meeting Your Goals When You Have ADHD

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
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Meeting Your Goals When You Have ADHDAs someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you probably know all too well the difficulty of accomplishing your goals. It can seem utterly daunting.

That’s because realizing goals taxes the executive functions in your brain, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. These functions include everything from organizing to prioritizing to making decisions to managing time, he said.

Tedious tasks are especially tough. “Laundry, paying bills, attending business meetings — things that are not intrinsically interesting can put an adult with ADD into a tailspin of inaction,” said Terry Matlen, ACSW, a psychotherapist and author of Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD.

Lack of reward with long-term goals adds to the challenge.

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Meeting Your Goals When You Have ADHD

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  1. I very simple and good

  2. This is an excellent, practical article that really provides strategies and tools you can customize to work the way your ADHD brain works. By using the effective, customized strategies provided in this well- written and informative article, you can identify important ways to ignite your engine and even get it revved up to accomplish more tasks and feel good about your own productivity.

    ADHD does not mean you can’t accomplish many things. The reality is you can. It also means you can accomplish great things when you understand how your ADHD brain wiring works so you can make it successfully work for you.

    This article helps you create a customized work environment with the tools/ strategies to support your unique, ways of doing things and witness your own success using your innate brain’s strengths to complete important goals, tasks, and projects. Anyone who has ADHD or works with someone who has ADHD needs to read this article.

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