Productivity Tips from Dory the Fish

Regal Blue Tang Fish

Do you remember Dory from the Disney/Pixar movie Finding Nemo? She was the show-stealing neurotic and forgetful regal blue tang fish with the Ellen Degeneres voice. Her most memorable line, to me anyway, was this mantra: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” She would sing song her way through life, not always knowing the point or where she was…

My No-So-ADHD Dog

Small dog

Santa left me the most adorable Labradoodle pup this year. He's covered with chocolate brown curls and has amazing green eyes. His arrival ended a five year "I'll never own another dog" phase. My previous pooch, a Lhasa Apso, was described by me, family members, groomers, trainers and even dog therapists as: stubborn, ornery, dominant,…

Oh, Spiders… How I Hate Thee…

A spider on a web

OK, full disclosure: this has nothing to do with ADHD, Professional Organizing, running the PTO, or any of my other many interests. It's simply about spiders; and I hate them. And since it's Halloween, I feel like venting. They're everywhere. And they're huge. And they have way too many legs. On the other hand, I…

ADHD: The Agony and the Ecstacy

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD on a chalk board

Last week I participated in a panel discussion on ADHD. Four of us presented at the monthly chapter meeting of the National Association of Professional Organizers - Oregon Chapter (NAPO Oregon). There was a physician who treats ADHD patients and three Certified Professional Organizers® (CPOs) - one was an ADHD coach, another was the parent of an ADHD child…

The Tornado in my Brain

A tornado moving across the plain

The tornado in my brain: call the client, update the website, write the newsletter, create the agenda, call the painter, cook the dinner, chair the meeting, plan the weekend - you get the picture. This constant onslaught of ideas and projects and tasks used to be like a hurricane in my head - swirling around…

Building Structure around ADHD

A sample design of a home made out of hand tools

My husband and I have built two houses, both from the ground up (and we're still married!) We watched the structures develop from nothing to studs, to walls, and finally, to homes. There were countless choices to be made along the way, but in the end, we had strong and sturdy walls to keep us…

Oh Popsicles and ADHD

popcicles

Lessons I've obviously taught my children: open a Popsicle and throw the wrapper on the lawn; toss your clothes near, but not in, the hamper; and of course, leave cabinets and drawers ajar once you've found what you need. I don't recall actually teaching my kids these valuable skills, but clearly, I've reinforced them, based…