From Our ADHD Archives: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective ADHD Adults

From Our ADHD Archives: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective ADHD Adults

To help celebrate ADHD Awareness Month we’re re-releasing some of our most-downloaded shows from Distraction’s first three seasons!

In this mini episode from season 2, Dr. Hallowell gives his spin on Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, with a similar list for those with ADHD. From doing what you’re good at, to asking for advice, you’re bound to find a few nuggets of applicable wisdom for your own life. But as Ned advises, this is his list, so if these habits don’t resonate with you, add your own to the list!

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A transcript of this episode is below.


Dr. Ned Hallowell:
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Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Hello, this is Dr. Ned Hallowell with a mini episode of Distraction. As everyone knows, years ago, Covey and company came out with a very famous book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It became extremely famous, has sold, probably gazillions of copies, probably printed into Martian by now. Anyway, I lifted that motif and put it into my book Delivered From Distraction and came up with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective ADHD Adults. And what I’m going to do is give you my take of what are at least seven habits of highly effective ADHD adults. That you can add your own. Certainly the point of it is to come up with what works best for you and to make habits, make these habits if you possibly can.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
So number one, do what you’re good at. Don’t spend too much time trying to get good at what you’re bad at. A lot of people with ADD, spend a lifetime trying to get good at what you’re bad at. And it’s really sad to see. And then they have some sort of moral imperative that they’re going to… Before they die, they want to become really good at accounting because they think they should. And as a result, they waste a lot of very precious time when they could be doing what they’re good at, trying to get good at what they’re bad at big mistake.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Number two, delegate what you’re bad at to others as often as possible. You know, if you don’t have anyone to delegate it to, then hire someone. But one way or another pass off to someone else by delegation, by hiring, whatever means you have. If possible delegate to others, what you’re bad at now. You can’t delegate brushing your teeth. You know, there are some things that you just have to do yourself, but as much as possible have other people do what you’re bad at.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Connect your energy to a creative outlet. I call this the creative imperative. People with ADD really need a creative outlet. We do so much better when we have a creative outlet. The reason I write books, if I don’t have a book going, I get depressed. It’s like a cow needs to be milked. I need to have a creative outlet. Really, really, really important. And I’ve found that for most of us would ADD, this is essential. It’s, more important than almost anything in bringing out our best. We really need a creative outlet.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Number four, get well enough organized to achieve your goals. The key here is well enough. That doesn’t mean you have to be really well-organized, at all. Just well enough organized to achieve your goals. So, you don’t want disorganization to keep you from reaching your goals, but that doesn’t mean you have to be Martha Stewart and appear in House Beautiful. It doesn’t mean you have to win the promptness award. You know, the school I went to, they always gave a promptness award, but that’s not what you want to do. You want to make sure that disorganization does not prevent you from reaching your goals. That’s the key, well, enough organized.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Number five asks for and heed advice from people you trust and ignore as best you can the dream breakers and finger wagers. An old friend of mine used to say, be a dream maker, not a dream breaker. Listen to the dream makers, listen to the people who are encouragers, not discarded jurors. Now, of course you don’t want to be wildly unrealistic, but I think it’s better to go to your grave, living off an unmet dream than go to your grave with a bunch of shattered dreams.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
And number six, make sure you keep up regular contact with a few close friends. Those of you who have listened to me before know I’m big on what I call the other vitamin C, vitamin connect. Make sure you connect and stay in touch with a few close friends. Probably the most important thing, or one of the most important things, you can do in your life. You know, the surgeon general has named loneliness as the biggest medical problem in the United States today. Well, one of the great antidotes to loneliness is to stay in touch with friends. Now, if you don’t have any friends, start making it a priority to make friends. Join a gym, join a synagogue, church, or other free place where people get together a library or start frequenting a certain, a convenience store or a mom and pop store, a restaurant, any place where you can meet people. And Heaven knows that online, there are any number of chat rooms. And just try to make friends, keep up with friends. And of course my favorite, one of all, which counts as a person is get a dog.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
And number seven, go with your positive side. Even though you have a negative side, make decisions, run your life, and present to the world your positive side is as much as you can. Now that doesn’t mean you have to walk around with a smiley button. When you’re having genuine conversations with other people, of course be real. Let people know what you’re really feeling, but don’t walk into a job interview and say, I’m really second rate. Try to present with your positive side.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
Well, those are the seven habits that I picked. You can pick your own. To recap, do what you’re good at, delegate what you’re bad at, connect to a creative outlet, get well enough organized to achieve your goals, ask for and heed advice from people you trust, Make sure you keep up with a few close friends, and go with your positive side. Those are the seven habits that I’ve chosen of highly effective ADHD adults.

Dr. Ned Hallowell:
This is Dr. Ned Hallowell with a mini episode of Distracted. If you have a question for me or a show idea for us, email it to [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you. We want to hear from you. So 844-55-Connect or email at [email protected] Distraction is produced by Collisions, the podcast division of CRN International. Collisions, podcasts for curious people. Our sound engineers and editors are the wonderfully talented Pat Keogh and Chris Latham, and our producer is the multitalented and unbelievably brilliant Sarah Guertin.

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