Executive Function is a popular new term for a set of skills that include organizing, planning, time management, prioritization, working memory, self-monitoring, and self-regulation. Neurotypical kids seem to acquire this skill set on their own as part of their normal development. Most of us with ADHD do not. That’s the bad news. The good news is that most of these skills can either be taught, or the deficits can be compensated for with the right strategies. I spent the better part of my life teaching myself to be “executive functional.” Now, I teach at least some of these skills and compensation strategies to every one of my clients at one time or another. I am an expert at teaching Executive Function skills to ADHDers and non-ADHDers alike.
When working with students, one of the first things I teach is a specific system designed to eliminate loss of paperwork, keep track of all assignments, and have a school bag that is not a total disaster. And, the best part is that my system saves kids time over their current non-system that doesn’t work anyway. Essentially, they get to spend less time organizing and still be more organized!
For adults we need to manage three things to be successful: stuff, tasks, and time. As ADHDers we are usually pretty bad at managing all three. I have very simple strategies that will help anyone manage those three areas better, and with ease.