A Life Coach in Book Form

Here is a life coach in book form for the 9 million adults in the US with ADHD to help them overcome the inattention, disorganization, and impulsivity that gets in the way of their getting things done.

“This is a book about possibility,” Nancy Ratey, one of the leading ADHD coaches in the United States, writes in the introduction to The Disorganized Mind (St. Martin’s Press, April 2008, 0-312-35533-5, $24.95, 320 pages, hardcover) details her personal struggles with ADHD and is a rallying cry to other adults struggling with ADHD to leave behind the cycle of pain and discouragement and take control of their lives.

What follows is both a practical guide to taking control of the symptoms with which individuals with ADHD struggle, and an inspirational summons to believe with the author that living a rich and balanced life — “a life you love” — is possible. By providing anecdotes from real life, and by citing strategies that she and her clients have devised to cope with their ADHD, Ms. Ratey demonstrates how readers can compensate for the specific attention inconsistencies their ADHD brains manifest, and reduce or eliminate the burdens they, and consequently their families, so often bear. There’s no magic, she insists. But there is choice. The book makes a compelling case for choosing Nancy Ratey’s coaching techniques as the first step of the life-changing journey ahead.

The Disorganized Mind Address Common Issues Confronted by the ADHD Adult

For the many millions of adults diagnosed with ADHD, The Disorganized Mind provides expert guidance on what they can do to make the most of their lives. The inattention, time-mismanagement, procrastination, impulsivity, distractibility, and difficulty with transitions that often go hand-in-hand with ADHD can be overcome with the unique approach that Nancy Ratey brings to turning these behaviors around.

  • “Where did the time go?”
  • “I’ll do it later, I always work better under pressure anyway.”
  • “I’ll just check my e-mail one more time before the meeting…”
  • “I’ll pay the bills tomorrow – that will give me time to find them.”

The strategies for managing time, staying on task, and accomplishing your goals are simple, and they work:

The Parking Lot

Distracted by something you need to do later? Get it out of your mind by writing it down on your ‘parking lot’ note pad, where it will be safely stored for later.

Beat the Clock

Have a deadline on a report? Take your laptop to the park, pop in the battery, and get going. Watch the power drain as your report gets done. Hit save before the battery runs out!

Appoint a “Watch Dog”

Saying or doing things you regret? Enlist a trusted friend to watch over you and your actions. Give him permission to be very honest and to confront you if you are about to do something you might be sorry for, like calling an old flame or walking off your job.

Many individuals with ADHD live in turmoil. It doesn’t have to be that way. Professional ADHD coach and expert Nancy Ratey understands the challenges faced by adults with ADHD from both a personal and professional perspective. By using the proven ADHD strategies she discusses, they can learn how to organize, plan, and prioritize to clear the hurdles of daily living with a confidence and success never before dreamed possible.

For information and resources, please visit the ADHD self-coaching section of this site.

To learn more about Nancy Ratey, visit her website.