Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast

Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast


Since 2010, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright have offered support, life management strategies, and time and technology tips, dedicated to anyone looking to take control while living with ADHD.


258: Summertime!  

It’s SUMMERTIME! We’re officially gearing up for our own vacations here on The ADHD Podcast so we thought we’d take some time today to talk about more than just vacations. It’s about managing kids, and accomplishing goals, and making the best use of your time that you possibly can.

We’re taking some time off ourselves this summer. This week’s episode is our last until August! So make sure you’re subscribed to the mailing list so we can let you know when we’re back in the saddle!

Thanks everybody! Have a great summer! Best friends forever!

Links & Notes

TCA Vacation Planning Checklist The ADHD Podcast 167: Overwhelmed Summer Schedule
257: The Great Journaling & Planning Systems Review  

We got a question some time ago asking about the merits of the Bullet Journal system for ADHD organizing. We’re of two minds on the subject so we thought it might be a good time to review the state of planners, planner systems, and organizing tools that span the range from shorthand scheduling to full-on works of personal art. 

Links & Notes

Erin Condren Life Planners Kikki-K Planners FiloFax DayRunner At-a-Glance Franklin Covey Dayplanner Wolf & Iron’s Update to Ben Franklin’s Daily Schedule Downloads for W&I’s Ben Franklin Update: PDF Excel UnCalendar Bullet Journal Minimalist BuJo — Instagram The Documented Life
256: Making Difficult Decisions with ADHD  

This week we offer a follow-up to our conversation on making decisions with a twist: what about all those decisions that are even more challenging to face, with consequences beyond our daily organizing challenges? How do we condition ourselves to move through them and discover what lies on the other side? This week is dedicated to processing, researching, and making the decision to act, and discovering the tools you need to employ to condition yourself to take action!

Make sure to check out our latest online course! Organizing Your Space Your Way is a practical, ADHD-focused guide to a complete organizing system that works on any space. It's helped countless adults living with ADHD to address the clutter and disorganization in their lives and we hope it offers the same for you! Learn more about Organizing Your Space Your Way today!

255: 5 Minute Tech Tasks for Getting — and STAYING — Organized!  

Do you find yourself sitting at your computer waiting for that next call? How about standing in line waiting for the next teller? Wherever you are, if you have five minutes and one of your devices, you can work on your digital organization. This week on the show, a sampler of activities and resources for you to use in those small windows and tiny breaks to keep your digital life straight. 

Plus, follow up and a listener question from our organizing show with another take on decision-making. 

Links & Notes

Alto’s Adventure Hazel File Juggler Lumosity Pencil by FiftyThree
254: Listener Q & A!  

It’s Q & A day! From hyperfocus to distraction, information clutter to productivity at work, we power through your queries with our thoughts, strategies, and recommendations. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with your organizing ADHD questions. This week we’re taking on: 

What's the best body double strategy? How do you decide where and how to house things? I don't have enough time to devote hours to organizing! How do I set up routines that endure in the long term? How do I nurture myself without going too far into hyperfocus? I stay home while the family is at work/school all day. How do I not resent their messes when they leave? Overwhelmed at work: how do I manage account management demands? Information overload! Should I stress about disorganized journals and digital clutter? How do I help my high school son remember and submit homework on time without organizing on his behalf? How do I help my preteen with organizing fundamentals and managing/estimating time?

Links & Notes

Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life by Jim Benson & Tonianne DeMaria Barry Trello
253: How to Get Your Family Involved With Organizing  

If you share space with another person, then organizing is a team sport. From defining the purpose of shared spaces to keeping one another accountable, you can’t build new habits if you don’t have the support of those who spend their time in your proximity. This week on the show, we’re talking all about how to engage your family in supporting organizing efforts.

And don’t forget! We’re looking for your best organizing questions this week so if you haven’t written in already, email Nikki@takecontroladhd.comcontact us, or send us a note on Facebook or Twitter.

3 Reasons Why Your Organizing Efforts Are Not Working  

We all go into our organizing projects with the best of intentions. Did you just open your closet to a pile of junk falling on your head? Did you turn on the light to your attic and finally register the disaster of boxes? Did you fall into the stacks of mail and bills on the floor of your living room? Wherever you are in your home, making the connection that you have a space to be organized, and then taking action to organize it, is noble effort!

But taking that first step without thinking through the consequences could make the organizing job worse on you. This week on the show, we’re talking about the three reasons your organizing efforts may be losing focus, and offering you a way to think about your projects before you start that may just save you time and frustration in the long run!

251: The Secret to Organizing with ADHD  

It’s true, if you’re struggling with getting organized and you’re living with ADHD, there’s likely a key challenge holding you back. It lurks there, in the back of your mind, an invisible standard to which you will never live up. We’re taking on this subconscious demon on the show today, kicking off a series on ADHD organizing principles that will help you get on track, stay on track, and recover when you fall down. 

Links & Notes

Avoid These Five Organizing Mistakes Plus 5 Organizing Worksheets
Checklists, automated checklists, and REALLY automated checklists!  

We all have repetition in our lives. But until you stop and think about all the things that repeat around you, you may not know what you’re missing. So, it’s through the lens of task lists that we’re going to talk about some of the options for using technology — the simple and the advanced — to build our checklists quickly and efficiently and ensure we’re not missing a single step in the otherwise invisible processes we take on each day.

Links & Notes

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande Text — The TXT format on Wikipedia TaskPaper from Hog Bay Software Markdown: “Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).” Markdown is practically a prereq for TaskPaper only because the philosophy of using certain indicators in a text file and allowing a client application to act on those characters in a specified fashion is the same in both. Markdown is stupendously useful in my work. If you write a lot, it’s worth taking a look. Hit me up with Markdown questions and we might do an episode on it soon! 2Do Workflow: Powerful automation made simple. Background and download for CGPGrey’s sample Workflow Template for 2Do Automation in OmniFocus 2.14 (now in TestFlight)
249: Turn Strategy into Action — Blocking and Gating your Time!  

We’ve had some great questions and feedback on our last few episodes around ideal schedules. This week, we’re taking this concept a bit further. How do you take a new strategy and implement it to turn it into a lifestyle? How do you handle less desirable tasks — gating and focusing even around the stuff you really don’t want to do? How do you decide what to work on first? These are deceptively simple questions with answers that we often make more complicated than we need. We’ll do our best to untangle them on the show this week!

248: Setting and Living Your Priority  

Today on the show we’re digging into just one aspect of the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown: Priority. This is the act that puts constraints around our ADHD, allowing us to see the forest for the trees, but to exercise our focus on a tree, too. We talk about the power of focus and clarity, how living in accordance with a clear priority strategy can lead to greater productivity and balance, and how developing your ideal weekly schedule can help you truly visualize the hidden opportunities that exist in your own personal sea of time.

Links & Notes

Essentialism: The Disciplines Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown
247: Beating Procrastination One Hour at a Time  

As it turns out, productivity and procrastination are two sides of the same coin. Depending on the day, your toss might yield unparalleled output, focus, and attention. Then again, it could yield a rousing binge session of Top Chef.

Because of the inherent unpredictability of this productivity/procrastination calculation, it becomes so important that you build in the systems and gates that allow you to focus when you really need to focus, and the freedom to let go and relax your brain when you’re finished.

This week on The ADHD Podcast, we’re talking about the systems and processes that might help you beat procrastination, from focus sprints to setting a real, rational priority for your time. Join us!

Links & Notes

Google Ngram Viewer: priorities Google Ngram Viewer — Priorities chart

246: Building Structure Around New Habits  

If you’re a regular listener of this show, you know we’re a big fan of habits. Habits help the ADHD world go ‘round! This week on the show we’re going to dig into the underlying engine that supports building and sustaining new habits: Reminders! Without a reminder system you can trust, building habits will be nothing more than an exercise in frustration. So settle in and get ready — we’re talking about visual cues, technology, buzzers and bings this week, in addition to a few great book recommendations and follow-up!

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results By Stephen Guise Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown The ADHD Podcast 242: Building Mini Habits for Self-care
245: Creating Positive Energy in your Life  

This week on the show, we’re talking all about positive energy. Energy is contagious. Whether you’re inheriting the mood of your partner or children when they wake up sour in the morning, or catching the waves of joy from a colleague celebrating a grand accomplishment, if left unchecked, we are at the mercy of the moods and intentions of those around us. But we have a choice! We can take an active role in cultivating positive energy around us to deal with difficult situations with confidence and strength.

Links & Notes

244: Having Fun with Kirsten Milliken 240: Practicing Mindfulness for your ADHD with Casey Dixon
244: Having Fun with Kristin Milliken  

Today’s show is all about fun! We’ve talked about engaging the brain before. We’ve talked about ways to manage distraction and hyper-focus. But today, we’re going all in on play as an alternative to medication for your ADHD. To help us, we’ve brought in the expert: Dr. Kirsten Milliken of PlayDHD.com. Kirsten shares the playfulness mindset, and offers tools and strategies for engaging the playful part inside all of us to help us deliver in coordination with our ADHD, and not in competition with it!

Links & Notes

PlayDHD.com ADHDExecutiveCoach.com PLAYDHD: Permission to Play … A Prescription for Adults with ADHD by Dr. Kirsten Milliken (Amazon Pre-order)

About Dr. Kirsten Milliken

Dr. Kirsten Milliken is a dynamic and unique clinical psychologist who lives and works in the Portland Maine area. Yes, she has ADHD! Kirsten has used her insight and knowledge of ADHD to develop her playful style as well as her companies, ADHD Executive coaching and PlayDHD. Kirsten espouses that Play is the best non medication intervention for people with ADHD. While Kirsten works with all age ranges, she focuses on working primarily with adults in her practice. Kirsten earned her degrees and training from SUNY Stony Brook, Alliant University, and ADDCA. She is an ICF certified Coach and is trained as an ADHD Career Services Specialty Coach.

243: Self-Care — The Nutrition/ADHD Connection with Tonya Harris  

We’ve talked about the connection between nutrition and ADHD before, but this week, we’ve got an expert to help us bring the lesson home. Our guest today is Tonya Harris. She’s on a mission to help parents learn how both diet and common toxins in the home can affect their child’s health and lessen the symptoms of behavior and attention issues through simple dietary and lifestyle changes. We talk about everything from the insidiousness of MSG and sugar to food coloring and supplements, and how each can help or hinder your ADHD. Join us!

Links & Notes

Gone Holistic Nutrition for Optimal Brain Health Handout (PDF) Find Tonya on Facebook Find Tonya on Twitter Find Tonya on Instagram Healthy Home Healthy Kids
242: Building Mini Habits for Self-Care  

We’re talking about building habits for self-care today! One of the most important things you can do for yourself, to take care of your self is to figure out the mechanics that help you best cement new behaviors. In that light, we’re introducing a terrific concept by way of a wonderfully approachable book. The concept, Tiny Habits. The book: Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Big Results, by Stephen Guise. Learn to build big new habits into your life through the tiniest of daily actions!

Links & Notes

Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results — Stephen Guise Forget big change, start with a tiny habit: BJ Fogg at TEDxFremont
241: Digital — Tech Tools to Support Self-Care  

The essence of great self-care is rooted in building habits. And building habits, when you’re struggling with ADHD, requires help. This week on the show we present some of the digital tools that can support you in your efforts to build new self-care routines in four key areas: Sleep, Exercise, Food, and Mindfulness.

As usual, when we do a digital episode, there’s no way we can cover every app, every option, every platform. But these apps should serve as a launchpad for your own research to meet the unique needs of your hardware and lifestyle. 

Links & Notes

Productive Coach.Me Habit Tracker Listener Pick: Swiftime Listener Pick: Watchminder Withings Aura Runtastic Runkeeper Zombies Run!  MyFitnessPal LoseIt! Withings Smart Body Analyzer The Mindfulness Bell Day One 2
240: Practicing Mindfulness for your ADHD with Special Guest Casey Dixon  

Casey Dixon is an ADHD Coach who has worked with wide range of individuals living with ADHD over the course of her career. Most recently, she founded MindfullyADD.com, a website that is dedicated to the mindfulness approach to ADHD through simple daily practices to help you with everything from focus, to movement and settling, not to mention a rich library of feature to help you learn more about your ADHD. This week on The ADHD Podcast, Casey joins us to help us better understand the role of mindfulness in self-care with ADHD with simple, judgment-free strategies to get started!

Links & Notes

MindfullyADD.com Dixon Life Coaching @DixonLifeCoach on Twitter Dixon Life Coaching on Facebook
239: Getting Better Sleep with ADHD  

Up to 50% of children with ADHD — and an astonishing 80% of adults — have problems with sleep. From getting to sleep to staying asleep to getting up rested the next morning, more of us are struggling than sleeping restfully. This week on The ADHD Podcast, we’re taking on sleep with a modest suggestion of a single strategy, and what you need to do to implement this strategy toward becoming a better sleeper.

Links & Notes

Buddhify App Sleep Advice for ADHD Adults Wired, Tired, and Sleep Deprived
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