Plan is Not a “Four-Letter” Word

Here’s a sneak peek at one of our tips from the upcoming book, 365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD: A Full Year of Valuable Tips & Strategies from the World’s Best ADHD Coaches & Experts!!!
There will be a book launch party with extra “goodies” from the contributors for those who buy the book on October 11, 2011. Stay tuned!

Many people resist planning for a variety of reasons. But “plan” doesn’t have to be a four-letter word, as planning allows us to work smarter – not harder. Making a plan is like using a GPS navigation system to help devise the route to get from Point A to Point B. Once you decide your destination or goal, you can plan appropriate steps to get you there, setting intermediate deadlines along the way to pace yourself. It helps to remain flexible, adjusting your plan, as necessary. Don’t forget to reward yourself for planning the work – and then working the plan!

365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD

The coaches at Focus For Effectiveness are pleased to be contributing authors of the new book:

365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD:
A Full Year of Valuable Tips & Strategies from the World’s Best ADHD Coaches & Experts

The book contains daily tips for parents, students and adults who want to be more organized, efficient and successful in their daily lives. This valuable resource is available from Amazon, and there will be a big book launching party on October 11th with valuable bonuses for people who buy the book that first day.

So, mark your calendars so you can buy the book on October 11th and get in on all the goodies!

Middle and High School Students – Why a Coach?

During the middle and high school years, workloads increase while teachers and parents typically expect the students to take on more responsibility for their homework and outside activities. The combination of increasing environmental demands and higher expectations for independence is particularly difficult for students with ADHD. This is where a coach specifically trained in ADHD can help.

Focus on the Whole Person

Academic issues are often the focus of ADHD coaching for students, with the main concerns often being how to get and stay on track with schoolwork, be better organized, and maintain motivation. However, coaching is most powerful when it focuses on the whole person and the ways the student’s individual ADHD characteristics impact different aspects of daily life, inside and outside of school.


Teens often feel empowered by coaching because they are “in the driver’s seat,” choosing what life skills to explore with their coach and designing action steps toward their goals. Coaching has, at its core, a unique relationship between student and coach, which provides nonjudgmental and supportive structure, allowing students to build skills for desired growth and independence.

Working with Strengths

Coaching helps students to appreciate the gifts of ADHD and the ways their unique brains function best. With awareness of the way they learn and what may be getting in the way, coaching helps students learn personalized strategies, tools and new habits that are tailored to work with their strengths, and work around areas that do not come as easily.

Setting Students Up For Success

ADHD coaching provides support, structure and accountability as students learn to set goals, manage time, begin tasks and work toward completion, organize and prioritize, sustain focus, maintain life balance and develop self-advocacy skills. Working with an ADHD coach allows students to discover strengths, build self-esteem, and increase self-awareness, creating the opportunity for life-long success.

Call us for a 15-minute consultation (no charge!) to explore how coaching might help your child.