September 2008
Hi there...I hope you're well.
This month the USA has been flooded with more alarming economic news. All around I hear dire predictions, talk of this recession becoming a depression; that the worst is yet to come.  

I have to say, from my perspective, nothing has really changed. Today I woke up and the sun was shining and the coffee tasted good. Living in the day and focusing on what is going well has enabled me to not get panicky.  True, if I look at my portfolio the numbers are sure to be down (so I don't); I don't plan to sell any stock for a while so it doesn't affect me today. True my real estate has lost value, but if I'm not selling today then that really doesn't affect me 'right now' either. I had planned to sell a property here in California and spend time in New Zealand this year but because of property market 'pooping out' that plan has changed; BUT my revised plan to stay here in the Bay Area this year and do a big marketing campaign is gearing up to look very promising. And I am happy today with that turn of events.

"Life does happen while you are making other plans"!
The REAL danger here, and believe you me it is a danger, is to become afraid. To hyperfocus on the negative and spiral down into depression. Once you step into the powerful emotion of fear and you put your intention on what you don't want, the consequence is you activate powerful natural forces that tend to provide you with evidence (or manifest) whatever thoughts you are attaching strong emotions to. This is clearly something you want to avoid doing.
It is important you CANCEL any negative thoughts. Pattern interrupts work well. One simple one is to yell "Cancel!" (out loud or in your mind) and imagine a large red diagonal line going through any image or idea you don't want. And replace that thought with a positive one. The more we do that, the more likely we will all reap the benefits of positive focus and intention. 
Hang in there and FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WANT. Simply wishing or thinking about it is not sufficient. You have to attach strong emotions and committed intention and create a vivid picture of what your future will look like. 
And however bad you feel your life is right now there is always some good to be found. Look at what is working in your life, be grateful for it, and do more of it. Look at the pieces and parts that negatively impact your life and chose to systematically eliminate them. Make a plan of action and take a few steps every day towards that goal; and roll with the punches. Adjust your plans to utilize the 'not so wonderful events' that turn up, so they become great lessons and catalysts to move you forward to create the life you want - not excuses to marinate yourself in fear and anger; focusing on the negative until you paralyze yourself is counterproductive - consciously choosing to focus on what you want and what is working well, and doing that more, is the path back to stability and serenity.

Article this month is on Not Multi Tasking, a subject near and dear to my heart.
PhelpsMichael Phelps ADD Superstar
You may have noticed that Michael's ADD wasn't mentioned much in his post Olympic interviews.  However, I think it is only a part of who he is.  His determination and gorgeous personality are big parts too, and yet, they were highlighted.  Here is a link to the ADDitude magazines interview with 3 highly visual and successful ADDers'.  Hope you enjoy!

Michael Phelps' Mom on How to Raise an ADHD Superstar

livescribeNote taking made easy

adhd banner 2This cute little pen - Livescribe's Pulse Smartpen - is also a computer that records voices and handwritten notes.  It can then transmit both kinds of data directly back to your computer.  Amazing!  This is a great find if note taking is difficult.  This wee gadget will cover your back and ensure that nothing gets missed.  It comes in two sizes:  1 GB is $150 and 2 GB is $200.


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"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."

~Henry Ford
Multi-TaskingHow to Avoid Multi-Tasking
and to achieve more throughout the day

This guide to working, as simply as possible, for your mental health is from, I love this guys posts.

First, a few quick reasons not to multi-task:

  1. Multi-tasking is less efficient, due to the need to switch gears for each new task.
  2. Multi-tasking is more complicated, and thus more prone to stress and errors.
  3. Multi-tasking can be crazy, and in this already chaotic world, we need to reign in the terror and find a little oasis of sanity and calm.
Here are some tips on how NOT to multi-task:

  1. Set up to-do lists for different contexts (i.e. calls, computer, errands, home, waiting-for, etc.)
  2. Have a capture tool (such as a notebook) for instant notes on what needs to be done.
  3. Have a physical and email inbox (as few as possible) so that all incoming stuff is gathered together in one place (one for paper stuff, one for digital).
  4. Plan your day in blocks, with open blocks in between for urgent stuff that comes up. You might try one-hour blocks, or half-hour blocks, depending on what works for you. Or try this: 40 minute blocks, with 20 minutes in between them for miscellaneous tasks.
  5. First thing in the morning, work on your most important task. Don't do anything else until this is done. Give yourself a short break, and then start on your next Most Important Task. If you can get 2-3 of these done in the morning, the rest of the day is gravy. 
  6. When you are working on a task in a time block, turn off all other distractions. Shut off email, and the Internet if possible. Shut off your cell phone. Try not to answer your phone if possible. Focus on that one task, and try to get it done without worrying about other stuff.
  7. If you feel the urge to check your email or switch to another task, stop yourself. Breathe deeply. Re-focus yourself. Get back to the task at hand.
  8. If other things come in while you're working, put them in the inbox, or take a note of them in your capture system. Get back to the task at hand.
  9. Every now and then, when you've completed the task at hand, process your notes and inbox, adding the tasks to your to-do lists and re-figuring your schedule if necessary. Process your email and other inboxes at regular and pre-determined intervals.
  10. There are times when an interruption is so urgent that you cannot put it off until you're done with the task at hand. In that case, try to make a note of where you are (writing down notes if you have time) with the task at hand, and put all the documents or notes for that task together and aside (perhaps in an "action" folder or project folder). Then, when you come back to that task, you can pull out your folder and look at your notes to see where you left off.
  11. Take deep breaths, stretch, and take breaks now and then. Enjoy life. Go outside, and appreciate nature. Keep yourself sane.
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