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How Much Anxiety is on Your To Do List?

I have several projects that I’ve decided that need to be done and today is the day to do them! Unfortunately, about 4 of the 6 are things I don’t want to do for assorted reasons. I should know I will have more success if I either break these down into smaller pieces, don’t schedule all of them for one day. My current plan is to par most of them into smaller pieces and drop one of the ones that I want to do until tomorrow because circumstances are better to work on some of these today.

Next time you’re stuck on your to do list, think about how much anxiety what you’ve scheduled is causing and how you might be able to par it back!

Yes, If I’m Reminding You To Do It In High School, I Should Probably Be Doing it Myself Now

Sometimes, I wonder if my high school and college students get tired of me asking, did you update your calendar? When did you last check on XYZ?

I know it’s important, and generally keep abreast of my own calendar, as it makes my own life easier. But I also understand why they (and I) don’t always keep it up. In the short term, we remember what is going on and the calendar is only an external structure to help us remember. The challenge comes weeks later when you’re trying to reconstruct the calendar vs. what actually happened.

I’m working on trying to send a billing statement to several families and between travel arrangements on both sides, spring break and my own illness, I’m having a hard time reconciling my calendar back to mid-February–and two versions of the calendar doesn’t help much either. (Yes, student’s even us adults aren’t always current–when we’re “bugging” you, we’re trying to save you from the pain and frustration that we know happen!)

Points of Evaluation

How do you know what is enough? How do you set your own boundaries and judgments? These are the kinds of questions that overthinkiners, myself included ponder, or would benefit from pondering more.

I don’t have an answer for the night, but want to pose the question to the world.

What are your thoughts?

Or, maybe we’d benefit from thinking less and just drawing a boundary and seeing what happens. So far the world hasn’t ended when I’ve been working with this mindset over the last few weeks. I’ll keep you posted. ūüôā

Coaching as an Anchor Point

With several clients lately we’ve been discussing our perceptions time and I remembered and old reference I’d used during my own coach training about coaching acting as an “anchor in time”.

For someone who spends lots of time in her head, the chance to externalize with a partner and readjust to where I am in the flow of time is invaluable.

Several clients have made the same observations when it has come up over the last several weeks and I think it’s time to get it back into the forefront of my examples with lots of clients!

ADHD Coaching for Teens and College Students

I recently hInline-NT JST logoad the chance to complete an exciting course  through JST Coaching on coaching teens and college students.  This skillet is a refinement of the ADHD coaching skill set that helps students create their own momentum and success with the outside accountability of a partner of their own choosing.

ADHD coaching takes the normal life coaching process and adds a more directed educational and self-discovery component around how executive functioning challenges show up in a student’s life. ¬†With this knowledge, the coach and student ¬†creates personalized structures to help them develop and bridge skill and memory lapses. ¬†These may be around something as common as studying for a test and remembering to do laundry or as personalized as how to manage severe dyslexia and ADHD during your medical residency training. ¬†(You might be surprised how many high-achieving individuals deal with different brain wiring!)

If you know a college student who could use additional support, or fit this criteria yourself, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any other ADHD coach!


Break Camps:¬†Why wait ’til Summer?

Some info about Seattle Area Math Camps via Girls Rock Math

Spring Break: Bead-Dazzling Math

Mid-Winter Break: Girls Count!

Madison Valley

Girls Count!¬†We‚Äôre all about confidence at Girls Rock Math and this camp is designed to help her know that she counts! Girls Count! is a week chalk-full of our favorite activities, considered to be the ‚Äúbest of the best‚ÄĚ by staff and campers alike. Campers will discover and make art with numbers, solve problems together, and discuss the impact of historic female mathematicians.¬† We‚Äôll be creating, designing, playing, and discovering for this awesome week of math fun!

Bead-Dazzling Math  Young jewelry designers will delight in this awesome week of math fun! Girls will explore mathematical patterns and concepts while designing jewelry using a variety of beads and other materials. Activities include exploring infinity, pi, computer programming, algebraic concepts and computation practice- all while making beaded jewelry to take home! Like in all Girls Rock Math camps, girls will play math games, do puzzles, sing songs, play outside and have a blast!

Time to Think About 2016! Free Planners for Productive Flourishing

Productive Flourshing’s Planners are out! Great for creative people who find traditional planners less useful. ¬†Give them a try and then consider ordering the PDFs for all of 2015! ¬†There are days I need a hard copy way to think through my day and this is by far my favorite set.

SENG Webinar: Perfectionism: The Occupational Hazard of Giftedness

Perfectionism: The Occupational Hazard of Giftedness
Date: Thursday
December 17, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern [90 mins.]   
Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert
Fee: $40 ($30 for SENG members)

Perfectionism is an occupational hazard of giftedness, and its effects can be truly debilitating. Learn what perfectionism looks like in gifted kids, and come away with a toolbox full of big ideas and strategies for turning this terrible master into a compliant servant.
Register Now!  

About the Presenter
Lisa is the Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, as well an international speaker on issues of gifted education. She is an expert consult to television shows, writer of award-winning lesson plans, and author of the children’s and teachers’ guides to the National Book Festival, as well numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy. A former teacher and school administrator, she serves on the Board of Directors of SENG and as Chair of the Gifted Plus Division of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. She shares resources for educators and parents on her website¬†

Winter, Light and Seasonal Depression

On Monday, December 7, Seattle had it’s darkest day in the last nine years. Literally, we got so little solar radiation that it seemed like dusk most of the day. When there is no light, doing anything is more difficult. (

I’ve had my lightbox on for the last 45 minutes and it seems like a horrible thing to have to turn it off to head to an appointment outside the house. Just a thought, if you see us running slow, it might be due to lack of bright light. Now I’ve got a reason I can blame leaving all the lights on all the time. ūüôā