Don’t Forget Fun!

A few months back I was presenting a lecture for ORBIDA, the Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, on the topic of executive functioning. I was providing an introduction to the subject

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Developing Executive Functioning in Babies

As I read Brain Rules for Babies, by John Medina, I kept sighing, wishing such a book had existed when I was a new mother. Here are the clues for developing executive functioning as you parent. This is

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Give Your Brain a Break AND Get Something Done

Our brain can only focus for so long. To improve our cognitive function, we need to take breaks to “shake it up” and revive our energy and focus. One of my high school students with a lot of schoolwork

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A Hard Week—When Life Throws You Curves

Recently I had one of those weeks when one thing after another came along, disrupting my best laid plans for time management. It started at 6:30 AM on Sunday when my son’s cat needed to go to the vet.

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Mental Flexibility and Success

Mental flexibility is an essential executive function. I crashed into my own inflexible thinking recently and was surprised because I think of myself as a pretty flexible thinker. For the time-challenged,

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Executive Funtioning Tip #15: Sleep—A Fundamental Key to Executive Functioning Success

Tip #15: Sleep The brain needs sleep. Getting enough sleep is critical for executive functioning. Typical adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. Children and adolescents do best with

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Executive Functioning Tip #14 – Exercise

To maximize your executive functioning–exercise! We all know that exercise is good for your body, but it’s also crucial for brain health. Setting a goal to exercise more is often on people’s

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A Workshop for Women—Girl, Get a Grip!

Women have a lot on their plates and, as we age, demands on time management only increase. It is easy to be stretched thin between work, family, friends, and community. Personal goals and self-care are

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Executive Functioning Tip #13 – Plan to Eat Well

Our brain, the center of our executive functioning, requires fuel. It takes energy to power our brain and that energy originates in food. That’s why I include planning menus as part of good personal

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Executive Functioning Tip #12: Restorative Time

I always tell clients that they won’t to use their time-management tools if they aren’t planning the space and time to do things that are fun, that restore your energy, your spirit, and give

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