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    studentloan is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Ten Ways To Start Taking Control of Time Management, Goal Setting, and Record Trackin

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    Beef up on your time management, goal setting and record tracking with these tips.

    At first glance, it would seem that positive thinking and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) have nothing to do with one another. But many of us with ADD develop negative thinking patterns because we become frustrated by our challenges and frequent feelings of being overwhelmed. This negative outlook then makes it even harder for us to manage those challenges and move forward.

    Practicing positive thinking allows people with ADD to focus on our strengths and accomplishments, which increases happiness and motivation. This, in turn, allows us to spend more time making progress, and less time feeling down and stuck. The following tips provide practical suggestions that you can use to help you shift into more positive thinking patterns:

    1. Take Good Care of Yourself
    It's much easier to be positive when you are eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest.

    2. Remind Yourself of the Things You Are Grateful For
    Stresses and challenges don't seem quite as bad when you are constantly reminding yourself of the things that are right in life. Taking just 60 seconds a day to stop and appreciate the good things will make a huge difference.

    3. Look for the Proof Instead of Making Assumptions
    A fear of not being liked or accepted sometimes leads us to assume that we know what others are thinking, but our fears are usually not reality. If you have a fear that a friend or family member's bad mood is due to something you did, or that your co-workers are secretly gossiping about you when you turn your back, speak up and ask them. Don't waste time worrying that you did something wrong unless you have proof that there is something to worry about.

    4. Refrain from Using Absolutes
    Have you ever told a partner "You're ALWAYS late!" or complained to a friend "You NEVER call me!"? Thinking and speaking in absolutes like 'always' and 'never' makes the situation seem worse than it is, and programs your brain into believing that certain people are incapable of delivering.

    5. Detach From Negative Thoughts
    Your thoughts can't hold any power over you if you don't judge them. If you notice yourself having a negative thought, detach from it, witness it, and don't follow it.

    6. Squash the "ANTs"
    In his book "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life," Dr. Daniel Amen talks about "ANTs" - Automatic Negative Thoughts. These are the bad thoughts that are usually reactionary, like "Those people are laughing, they must be talking about me," or "The boss wants to see me? It must be bad!" When you notice these thoughts, realize that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash them!

    7. Practice Lovin', Touchin' & Squeezin' (Your Friends and Family)
    You don't have to be an expert to know the benefits of a good hug. Positive physical contact with friends, loved ones, and even pets, is an instant pick-me-up. One research study on this subject had a waitress touch some of her customers on the arm as she handed them their checks. She received higher tips from these customers than from the ones she didn't touch!

    8. Increase Your Social Activity
    By increasing social activity, you decrease loneliness. Surround yourself with healthy, happy people, and their positive energy will affect you in a positive way!

    9. Volunteer for an Organization, or Help another Person
    Everyone feels good after helping. You can volunteer your time, your money, or your resources. The more positive energy you put out into the world, the more you will receive in return.

    10. Use Pattern Interrupts to Combat Rumination
    If you find yourself ruminating, a great way to stop it is to interrupt the pattern and force yourself to do something completely different. Rumination is like hyper-focus on something negative. It's never productive, because it's not rational or solution-oriented, it's just excessive worry. Try changing your physical environment - go for a walk or sit outside. You could also call a friend, pick up a book, or turn on some music.

    When it comes to the corporate world, protocol is pretty much the religion. To know the things needed to do are the basics of productivity, but interaction and having a steady mind makes up the entire thing to true productivity. There are those who seem to work well even under pressure, but they're uncommon ones and we are human and imperfect. To get these little things like stress under our skins won't solve our problems. Sometimes it takes a bit of courage to admit that we're turning to be workaholics than tell ourselves that we're not doing our best.

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    Thanks! I have gone through a lot in the last four years, ending my marriage, loosing my 8 year long career and not being able to find comparable position until I had depleted all of my savings. All the while trying to hold my family together, paying the bills and taking care of the children with no support system what so ever. But I started taking some coursed I was interested in and thinking positively and I started to feel better. Nothing had changed, I still was a single parent, under employed and had no support system. I feel better, why? Because I changed my way of thinking, I looked at what I did have not what I had lost. It does make a difference! A huge one!
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    Sounds like good advice.
    If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything!

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    thanks for the advice

    some good ideas

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    yes good advice thank you . .

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    and good ideas . .

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    This is all really great advice! I particularly love 1 and 2 - I think if you can master these two, you have life pretty figured out. Setting your priorities straight, and making yourself one of them, is extremely important when reconfiguring your life. It is so simple to get lost in the chaos of life that we lose the big picture. Keep those goals and priorities in order, and try to remind yourself every chance you get of these standards. In everything you do, work towards this happiness and success. It will help weed out the little stresses and set backs life throws at us.

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    Thanks for the advice. I should print it and pin it on my wall.

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    Thank you for the nice post..

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