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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.

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Organizing with ADHD — Part 1: Introduction and Planning

If you haven’t noticed, there is a lot of energy around getting organized in the air right now. Spurred on by the new Marie Kondo show on Netflix, we’re getting more and more questions about the so-called magic of tidying up and, most importantly, is this an ADHD-friendly way to handle your stuff? As you can imagine, we have opinions! This week on the show we’re digging into our roots to talk about organizing with ADHD, kick-starting a five-week mini-series on the organizing process, and how to get organized in a way that is kind to your ADHD. Links & Notes Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! Organizing Your Space Your Way with Nikki Kinzer Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

44mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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An Introduction to Self-Care and ADHD

Living with ADHD is inextricably connected to living well in your own skin. From cultivating the ability to find your emotional peace, to building a strong heart through physical exercise, your own human system defines how well you are taking care of your ADHD. If you’re looking for better focus, reduced stress and anxiety, improved organization, and more control in your life, you need to make yourself a priority. Take care of yourself, take care of your AHDH. This week on the show we’re kicking off a series on self-care — from health and nutrition to sleep to medication to organization, we’re going to dig into it. So listen in today — if you’ve ever found yourself forgetting what feeling good feels like, you need to join us for this series and kick off 2016 with a celebration of you!

29mins

5 Jan 2016

Rank #2

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Procrastination

Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! — https://patreon.com/theadhdpodcast The trick with procrastination is that it’s easy. It’s the easiest thing in the world to succumb to inaction in place of action, especially when action is challenging. But when you let procrastination rule, shame is sure to follow, and the ADHD brain doesn’t work well in those conditions. This week on the show we’re talking all about procrastination, avoidance, and the shame that stands between you and the feeling of productive accomplishment that truly is right in your reach. We’re going to help you re-attach motivation to your the actions in your way and hopefully find a path to the other side of inaction.

17mins

6 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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ADHD Time — Why Sticking to a Schedule is So Hard!

This week’s show comes thanks to a listener with a time challenge. School, work, family … they all compound the challenges that come with a life with ADHD. How do you approach the world when you feel like you’re too acclimated to timers and alarms? You can’t trust your own calendar? You feel like you’ve run out of ideas to cope and you’re awash in hopelessness? You try something new. And maybe… just maybe… that new thing is seeking help from your friendly neighborhood ADHD podcast. This week on the show, we start with the premise that ADHD time is different that time for many people… and that’s perfectly OK by us! Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon!

30mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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The Money Management Mindset and the Tools that Support It

When we think about managing our money with technology, it’s pretty easy to fall into the “tools trap,” that if you could just find that one great tool to manage your finances, you’ll suddenly be smarter, more in control, and better looking. The reality is, no one tool can do it all if you don’t establish the money management mindset. We’re taking on both sides of this particular coin this week, creating the right money management processes to help you stay on top of your spending, and finding the right technical tools that support you along the way. Links & Notes Quicken Quickbooks iBank Chronicle Mint.com (Owned by Intuit) Personal Capital

17mins

15 Dec 2014

Rank #5

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Clear Clutter in a Hurry!

If you’re struggling with ADHD, you know this feeling. Go ahead and do a slow turn around your room or office. Look at all the surfaces — tables, chairs, floor — how’s your clutter? The ADHD mind has the powerful ability to tune it out, to make it invisible, until the subconscious pressure of the clutter around you becomes too much to handle. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about clearing the clutter in your home in a hurry with a few quick daily strategies that can help you get out of the clutter rut! And don’t forget to download the latest batch of free forms and templates to get the new “15 Minute Organizing Tips” we talk about on the show!

20mins

2 Jun 2015

Rank #6

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Problems vs. Possibilities

Problems! We all have them. They crop up when we least expect them, and they have the potential to truly derail us. But what if we train ourselves to disconnect from the negativity of our problems? To shift our perspective slightly, and turn our problems into challenges empty of emotional baggage, less intimidating? Less frightening? This week on The ADHD Podcast, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about problems, and the work it takes to reframe them into possibilities full of hope, energy, and power!

14mins

19 Jan 2015

Rank #7

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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! Links & Notes 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

32mins

29 Mar 2016

Rank #8

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Time Hacks To Do Right Now! (Plus introducing Organizing Time with ADHD!)

Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! — https://patreon.com/theadhdpodcast We’re all about time today, and with good reason! Today’s the day we launch Organizing Time with ADHD, Nikki’s latest online course! We walk through the intention of the course today, and just a few of the ins and outs of what you can expect. Then we offer 10 time hacks you can implement right now that will help you get a handle on your time while living with ADHD! Links & Notes Organizing Time With ADHD — The New Course from Take Control ADHD! The Pomodoro Technique — Wikipedia

29mins

17 May 2017

Rank #9

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Dealing with Unstructured Time and ADHD

Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! — https://patreon.com/theadhdpodcast Unstructured time can feel like a long walk in the desert… or maybe off a short pier? Whatever your metaphor for struggle with ADHD and time, when it’s unstructured, things can get challenging. Fast. Or not. Either way, it’s a struggle! Why? Because when you fall into the ADHD time zone, you’re prone to either get nothing done at all and live with the guilt and shame that comes with inactivity, or you’re liable to dive into hyperfocus and get a lot done on one thing at the expense of other responsibilities that may be more important and, that’s right, live with the guilt and shame that comes with hyperactivity. This week on the show, we’re talking all about the ADHD time zone, unstructured time, and offer some strategies that can help you tame your time and take control of your schedule!

17mins

25 Apr 2017

Rank #10

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Paying Too Much Attention: The Challenge of Hyperfocus

Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! — https://patreon.com/theadhdpodcast If you’re struggling with ADHD, you know about hyperfocus. But this trait is commonly misunderstood — both its function in the disorder and its impact on day-to-day life. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright talk about the biological underpinnings of hyperfocus and share tips for breaking free when you need to.

18mins

28 Jul 2014

Rank #11

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Thinking Positive — Even when you don't want to

Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! — https://patreon.com/theadhdpodcast Do you get stuck in the vortex of negativity? You know the drill — someone cuts you off on the highway or you’re charged a fee for not paying a bill on time — and suddenly, that one, tiny, innocuous bump in your road becomes a sheer cliff of frustration. That frustration can head straight to rageville, and suddenly you risk contaminating everyone you come into contact with. When you get stuck in the vortex, it’s tough to see clearly how to climb out. Today on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright share tips and techniques for fighting negativity, even when all you want to do is hold onto it. From understanding your own anxiety to grabbing on to positive language, you can create a spirit of mindfulness and duck the vortex — it just takes a little practice!

16mins

7 Jul 2014

Rank #12

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Creating Flow with ADHD

Some call hyperfocus the hidden superpower of ADHD. It’s characterized as this amazing reserve of focus that you can turn on to accomplish great things, health and wellness be damned! If you’re living with ADHD, you know what a misunderstanding this can be. Sure, hyperfocus can be a massive reserve of energy, akin to firing a glass cannon into the open ocean — it’s a reserve that too often destroys itself with no ultimate reward. Today we’re talking about what goes into hyperfocus with an eye on creating a more productive, targeted experience for ADHD that the experts have dubbed flow. Is it possible to build a model of understanding our hyperfocus states such that we can train our brains to get better at it? Join us and share your experience, too!Along the way, we wrapped up four questions you can ask of yourself to determine whether you're likely to find a state of flow in a project. Consider: Do you have the tools required to meet the project expectations? Do you have the skill required to meet the project expectations? Do you have the interest required to meet the project expectations? Do you have the time required to meet the project expectations? Links & Notes Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! Join the conversation on Discord

44mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Start Your Day Right!

Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! — https://patreon.com/theadhdpodcast We fall back on the old saw, “I’m just not a morning person.” But, is that really the case? Or could it be that there are things you could begin doing right now that change the way you greet each day? This week on the show, we’re talking all about mornings, our routines, habits, and tools that help us get up and get going on the right foot. More importantly, we share the tools and techniques you can employ right now in your evenings and throughout each day that can begin to chip away at sleeping trouble to make your mornings great. Links & Notes 7 Ways to Maximize Misery — CGP Grey How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies you Already Use by Randy J. Paterson

33mins

6 Jun 2017

Rank #14

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Getting Started — Motivation & ADHD

Today, a metaphor. You’re at the top of a hill. There’s a giant ball in front of you, held up by a rock. If you kick that rock, the ball will start rolling down the hill, picking up speed and racing on its way. But you’re struggling with your ADHD. So you look at the ball, you stare at it, and try as you might, you just don’t see the rock that you need to kick. That’s what we’re talking about today — we’re going to take on the executive functioning fog that can set it and prevent you from getting started and doing the things that are most important. Links & Notes More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD — by Dr. Ari Tuchman Understand Your Brain, Get More Done — By Dr. Ari Tuckman

24mins

8 Dec 2015

Rank #15

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Dealing with Boredom

Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! — https://patreon.com/theadhdpodcast Boredom. For you, maybe it manifests in restlessness, foot-tapping in a long line, checking your texts or email … again. If you’re struggling with ADHD, boredom can take on a whole new — and sometimes painful — reality. This week on the show, Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright offer ADHD-friendly tools and tips to beat boredom and stay engaged!

17mins

30 Jun 2014

Rank #16

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ADHD & The Workplace — Prioritizing & Finding Focus

Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! — https://patreon.com/theadhdpodcast Today’s show is all about priorities at work. It’s a question we see often in coaching and it’s made immeasurably more challenging thanks to the complex human organism that is “the office!” But you can tackle this challenge and make your life better in the process by developing three muscles: The Priority Muscle, The Focus Muscle, and The Distractions Muscle. And mastering these three muscle groups at work calls on different skills and practices than at home, but it is possible, and the results can help you deliver on your obligations and build a positive reputation with your co-workers in the process!

24mins

15 Nov 2016

Rank #17

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How to avoid sabotaging your day!

Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! — https://patreon.com/theadhdpodcast We may start our days with the best intentions. We have our lists and routines, our goals and objectives that we think we’re ready to accomplish. But what happens when you’re thrown off track? What happens when that unexpected phone call delivers some bad news, or the kids get sick, or the car breaks down?  If you don’t have some accommodations in place to account for these surprises, you won’t be able to bounce back! You’ll be unconsciously sabotaging your own day. On the show this week, we’re talking about the things you can do today — and every day — to build your resilience so that you can make more of your days terrific and fulfilling!

17mins

28 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria: Dr. William Dodson brings new insight to Emotional Regulation

There aren’t many practitioners writing about today’s topic. Unless, that is, you look up the collected works of Dr. Bill Dodson. Dr. Dodson is an award-winning board-certified psychiatrist and specialist in adult ADHD and his contributions to the study of Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria bring him to the show today. According to Dr. Dodson, nearly all those living with ADHD live with some level of rejection sensitivity, and thanks to the poor training on the ADHD connections to the condition, patients are going misdiagnosed and mistreated as a result. Today on the show, Dr. Dodson joins Nikki Kinzer and Pete Wright to discuss Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria and provide new language to frame a state those living with ADHD know all too well. About Dr. William DodsonDr. Bill Dodson is a award-winning board-certified psychiatrist and specialist in adult ADHD. While Dr. Dodson has been on the faculties of Georgetown University and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center he is primarily a clinical practitioner who tries to combine evidence-based practice techniques with practice-based evidence. In addition to being named a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and recipient of the national Maxwell J. Schleifer Award for Distinguished Service to Persons with Disabilities, Dr. Dodson is one of two experts from the US to the World Anti-Doping program for the development of guidelines for the use of ADHD stimulant medications in the world’s athletes. Links & Notes Dr. William Dodson at Additudemag.com

44mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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Lessons in Love & ADHD with Melissa Orlov

Thank you for supporting The ADHD Podcast on Patreon! — https://patreon.com/theadhdpodcast In this year’s Take Control ADHD survey, we received questions on managing your love life while managing ADHD by the bucket. Whether you’re in a new relationship, dating, or in a well-seasoned marriage, there is always room to improve that emotional connection and no matter your ADHD status, if you want it, you should have a thriving love life too! This week on the show we’re deeply honored to welcome the fantastic Melissa Orlov. She’s a marriage consultant and leading expert in how ADHD affects relationships. On top of that, she’s an award-winning author of books including, The ADHD Effect on Marriage, and The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD. She’s founder of ADHD & Marriage where she writes regularly alongside a cast of incredible contributors and hosts a large community of adults learning about ADHD in their relationships. Links & Notes Three-Legged Approach to ADHD Treatment — Free Ebook ADHD & Marriage

40mins

12 Sep 2017

Rank #20