The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success by Peg Dawson, EdD and Richard Guare, PhD

The subtitle is “How to Use your Brain’s Executive Skills to keep up, stay calm and get organized at work and at home”

I’ll summarize the table of contents here briefly.

  • Part 1 is understanding the Executive in your Brain and covers the topics of Are you smart scattered and stressed? and your Executive skills profile and managing your Executive skills by modifying the Environment and Improving your executive skills.
  • Part 2 is understanding the impact of Executive skills in your daily life and Executive skills in the workplace and in the home and in your relationships.
  • Part 3 is strategies for Individual Executive skills including controlling Impulses, Working memory and keeping track of it all and emotional control and task initiation and sustained attention and planning/prioritization and organization and time management and flexibility and metacognition and goal-directed persistence and stress tolerance

There is an Executive Skills Questionnaire that I did. It tests you on all the above individual executive skills by asking to score yourself from a 0 to a 3 on a number of questions. Then it gives you a score in each of the categories.

So, for myself, personally, I scored fairly high (strong) in Response Inhibition, Working Memory and Time Management.

Where I scored lower (weak) was in Emotional Control, Organization, Planning/Prioritizing, Stress Tolerance, Task-fulfilling, Sustained Attention and Goal Direction.

Then they have a worksheet to work through what you think your strengths are and why they are strong and what you are weak in and why you’re weak in them and then what can you do to get around those weaknesses. ie. weak at organization? Start small and declutter and see a small improvement in your organization. Then you’ll want to build on that small success and so forth.

There’s a lot more to the book with a questionnaire about relationship skills and other questionnaires/quizzes that I’ve not yet gotten to. Need to read more and I’ll report back when I’m done the book.

Order from Chaos by Jaclyn Paul

A book I’ve been reading that is subtitled this: the Everyday grind of Staying Organized with Adult ADHD

It starts out by saying that she, herself, has ADHD and runs a website called the ADHD Homestead.

She talks about how damaging her life was with untreated ADHD and how she very nearly lost her husband and marriage due to massive fights and disagreements. She wrote down the saying “Lazy is as Lazy does” something her husband had said to her in a fit of anger. She changed that around.

She continues to maintain good fitness because she has a key goal in her mind that she feels so good and happy when she does running. It is a key component of her toolkit in her mind. She asks us, the readers, to find that key that makes us want to change. She wants us to find the “WHY” in our lives. I’ve not read much more of the book – co-reading a few other books at the same time. But will revisit this post in a few weeks time and update it as I see fit.

Another blog

I have discovered another blog I used to write in.

Contains some of the thoughts I had back in 2006 to 2009 approx. A few of the posts are a bit painful for me to read again. I can remember the struggles I had and efforts I took to overcome those hurdles of my mind. I think that one post where I describe going to see my psychiatrist in 2009 was when she suggested I may have Asperger's syndrome and to read up on it and let her know.