Executive Function: How do I know if I need this workshop?

This is the FAQ for my Executive Functioning Skills for Adults coaching course. 

What are Executive Function Skills?

Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully.

Why are these important?

They enable positive behavior and allow us to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families. Executive function and self-regulation skills depend on three types of brain function: working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control.

How do I know if I have Executive Functioning weaknesses? 

Here are some signs:

  • Forgetting to complete tasks
  • Inability to keep track of personal items like keys and cell phones
  • Trouble following conversations
  • Losing train of thought
  • Difficulty remembering steps in a multi-step processes
  • Inability to remember names
  • Often late
  • Problems breaking big projects into steps
  • Trouble meeting deadlines
  • Unable to multitask
  • Difficulty remembering abbreviations and acronyms

Symptoms at Home

These, and other common manifestations of EFD may be apparent at home:

  • You have something you want to ask your friend, but she is on the phone and you must wait a few minutes before asking. By the time she is finished, you completely forget what you wanted to ask.
  • When you are talking with a friend, you find it difficult to follow the conversation, forgetting what your friend said just moments before.
  • When you are completing a task with several steps, such as getting the trash, taking it outside, and then putting a new bag in the trash can, you usually forget the last step.
  • When you read something, you usually end up going back to re-read the prior section because you can’t remember it.
  • You constantly misplace your cell phone. You feel like you waste time every day looking for your phone and other misplaced items like keys or glasses.
  • You have difficulty finding a work-life balance. When you try to take on personal activities, it’s hard to figure out how much time to spend on what.

Symptoms at Work

These or similar manifestations of EFD may be apparent at work:

  • In the morning, you rush around to get ready for work but still often end up being late.
  • You plan to complete some work at home and pack up the items you need at the end of your work day. When you sit down to do the work, you realize that you forgot to bring home several critical items.
  • You are often accused of not listening because you don’t follow through on tasks you are asked to do.
  • You have a hard time remembering your co-worker’s names, even if you have met them multiple times.
  • You have a hard time managing large projects. Even when you break them down into steps, you find you miss pieces or end up spending too much time on tasks that don’t have much importance.
  • Even when you have a deadline, it’s hard to just sit down and get started on your assignments.
  • Co-workers would describe you as ‘easily frustrated.’

How can you help?

If any of these things sound familiar, please join us. Meeting for 70-90 minutes per week for 12 weeks, we will work on these skills together and hold each other accountable. Using a printable packet that includes tools for assessment and more, we will introduce, improve upon, and help each other improve our EF skills.

Please click here to learn more.

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