Tips to Improve Executive Functioning

Excerpts from “Thriving with Adult ADHD” by Phil Boissiere, MFT

Tips to Strengthen your Working Memory

  • Keep your brain sharp with movement and exercise
  • Protect your sleep
  • Label or name a current task before doing something else
  • Use positive self-talk

Tips to Help Improve your Overall Memory

  • Breathe when you forget
  • Rehearse the information
  • Use mnemonics
  • Check you mind-set

Tips to Help you Follow Instructions

  • Write down the instructions
  • Don’t get lost in the details first
  • Repeat and recap
  • Give Context and meaning to each aspect of the instructions

Tips to Managing all Types of Distractions

  • Keep your digital devices in check
  • Use a distraction log
  • Stay clear on the task at hand
  • Blow away distrations
  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • Block distraction with another distraction
  • Chunking time, taking breaks
  • Always write things down
  • Set up a reward system

Learn to Organize and Plan

  • The joys of weeding!
  • Use a timer
  • Assign priority levels to your tasks and goals

Time Management

  • Don’t allow vague tasks or tasks without deadlines to drag out endlessly
  • Make a to-do list

Flexible Problem Solving and Getting Unstuck

  • Pause to take perspective
  • Remember to calm your mind to see other perspectives
  • Change your work environment
  • Inventory your emotions

Enhance your Emotion Regulation

  • Watch your emotions rise and fall
  • Your sleep and wake times should be consistent
  • Meal times should be consistent
  • You were built to move, consistent exercise

Build Your Resilience

  • Do something scary every day
  • Be a guide for others

Manage Negative Emotions

  • Take a pause
  • Brainstorm possible outcomes of uncertainties
  • Remember to zoom out and take a step back
  • When all else fails, just stop
  • Check your thoughts agains what you see
  • Think about what someone else would say

Apply Now

Leave your options open. Apply today and make your decision in March. 8th grade students from Acushnet, Carver, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, and Rochester are invited to begin the application process at

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