July 1, 2021
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ADHD: Climbing the Hill for a Better View
Man on a hill with a better view
The COVID pandemic has tilted our floor and is having a huge impact on those with ADHD. New digital learning and work platforms and the lack of social interaction and face-to-face collaboration have made it significantly more difficult for those with ADHD to self-regulate and have become more disengaged with the world. As a result, we're seeing a loss of productivity and learning.
 
Those who lack self-awareness, effort, emotion, and willpower have no go-to strategy to survive an adversarial challenge. Metaphorically, those who are self-aware will spend the time and energy to climb the hill because they know, when they get to the top, they can get back to what works.
 
If trying harder isn't working for you, read my blogpost, "ADHD: Climbing the Hill for a Better View." Here's the link: www.digcoaching.com/climbing-the-hill/

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Jeff Copper
ADHD and Attention Coach
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When you think about it, observable behavior is a kind of shadow of cognitive behavior that is influenced by cognitive constraints. Question is, what role do cognitive constraints and cognitive behavior have on procrastination? In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, ADHD Coach Jeff Copper (www.digcoaching.com) has an informative conversation with Leslie Josel (www.orderoochaos.com) on her experience with students and procrastination. In terms of cognitive behavior and cognitive skills, we assume college students have them but often don’t. Jeff and Leslie discuss how this assumption relates to procrastination. If you or a loved one is a college student who procrastinates, be sure to listen to this show.
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