Ways To Start Taking Control (Time Management, Goal Setting, Record Tracking)

"Who's the Boss?" 10 ways to start taking control (time management, goal setting,
record tracking) At first glance, it would seem that positive thinking and Attention
Deficit Disorder (ADD) have nothing to do with one another. But many of us with ADD
develop negative thinking patterns because we become frustrated by our challenges
and frequent feelings of being overwhelmed. This negative outlook then makes it even
harder for us to manage those challenges and move forward. Practicing positive
thinking allows people with ADD to focus on our strengths and accomplishments, which
increases happiness and motivation. This, in turn, allows us to spend more time
making progress, and less time feeling down and stuck. The following tips provide
practical suggestions that you can use to help you shift into more positive thinking
patterns: 
1. Take Good Care of Yourself It's much easier to be positive when you are
eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest. 

2.Remind Yourself of the Things You Are Grateful For Stresses and challenges don't
seem quite as bad when you are constantly reminding yourself of the things that are
right in life. Taking just 60 seconds a day to stop and appreciate the good things
will make a huge difference. 

3. Look for the Proof Instead of Making Assumptions A fear of not being liked or accepted sometimes leads us to assume that we know what
others are thinking, but our fears are usually not reality. If you have a fear that
a friend or family member's bad mood is due to something you did, or that your
co-workers are secretly gossiping about you when you turn your back, speak up and
ask them. Don't waste time worrying that you did something wrong unless you have
proof that there is something to worry about. 

4. Refrain from Using Absolutes Have you ever told a partner "You're ALWAYS late!" or complained to a friend "You NEVER
call me!"? Thinking and speaking in absolutes like 'always' and 'never' makes the situation seem worse than it is, and programs your brain into
believing that certain people are incapable of delivering. 

5. Detach From Negative
Thoughts Your thoughts can't hold any power over you if you don't judge them. If
you notice yourself having a negative thought, detach from it, witness it, and
don't follow it. 

6. Squash the "ANTs" In his book "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life," Dr. Daniel Amen talks about "ANTs" - Automatic Negative Thoughts. These are
the bad thoughts that are usually reactionary, like "Those people are laughing,
they must be talking about me," or "The boss wants to see me? It must be bad!" When
you notice these thoughts, realize that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash
them! 

7. Practice Lovin', Touchin' & Squeezin' (Your Friends and Family) You don't
have to be an expert to know the benefits of a good hug. Positive physical contact
with friends, loved ones, and even pets, is an instant
 pick-me-up. One research study on this subject had a waitress touch some of her
customers on the arm as she handed them their checks. She received higher tips from
these customers than from the ones she didn't touch! 

8. Increase Your Social
Activity By increasing social activity, you decrease loneliness. Surround yourself
with healthy, happy people, and their positive energy will affect you in a positive
way! 

9. Volunteer for an Organization, or Help another Person Everyone feels good
after helping. You can volunteer your time, your money, or your resources. The more
positive energy you put out into the world, the more you will receive in return.

10. Use Pattern Interrupts to Combat Rumination If you find yourself ruminating, a
great way to stop it is to interrupt the pattern and force yourself to do something
completely different. Rumination is like hyper-focus on something negative. It's
never productive, because it's not rational or
 solution-oriented, it's just excessive worry. Try changing your physical
environment - go for a walk or sit outside. You could also call a friend, pick up a
book, or turn on some music. When it comes to the corporate world, protocol is
pretty much the religion. To know the things needed to do are the basics of
productivity, but interaction and having a steady mind makes up the entire thing to
true productivity. 

There are those who seem to work well even under pressure, but
they're uncommon ones and we are human and imperfect. To get these little things
like stress under our skins won't solve our problems. Sometimes it takes a bit of
courage to admit that we're turning to be workaholics than tell ourselves that
we're not doing our best.

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