If you're a woman who's recently gotten a new diagnosis (ADHD, anxiety, Autism, etc) and you struggle with executive functioning, you're in the right place.
Executive Functioning for Exceptional People
What the EF is Executive Functioning?
If you've heard the term executive functions or executive functioning being tossed around, and you don't really know what people are talking about, you might be in the right place. Think of executive functions as the life skills you need for day-to-day living: planning, time management, prioritizing, self-regulation… you get the picture. The thing is, these things aren't usually explicitly taught to people, and if they are, they're taught in a way that works for most neurotypical people. If you're neurodivergent (ADHD, anxiety, autism, mental health issues, etc.), you probably struggle with executive functioning. I'm here to help. Don't know where to start? Scroll down to read more about who I am or read the story behind my blog here.
Where the heck should you start?
If you are a newly diagnosed person, especially as an adult, you probably feel a mix of relief (no, you weren't imagining your struggles) and overwhelm (what the hell do you do now?). I cover a lot of different topics that relate to executive functioning. If you're looking for something specific, you can check out my categories below.
Need some info about changing your mindset? Most people should start here. You need to believe change is possible for you before you can make it happen.
But if you need info about self-care as you manage the changes in your life, check out my wellness posts.
And finally, if you KNOW you're ready and you're pretty sure what you need to work on, then you might want to read my systems posts.
Discover ways to improve your executive function skills (or help others in your life improve)
Working to change your fixed mindset into a growth mindset will have a positive impact on how you approach learning better executive functioning skills. Some topics covered are positive thinking, confidence, motivation, and manifesting.
When you expect big changes for yourself—or you’re trying to guide someone else—it can be stressful. Self-care is important during all stages of your self-growth journey. Some topics covered are journaling, gratitude, anxiety, spiritual health, physical health, and mental health.
Systems are the methods we employ to use our executive functioning. It’s a process. It takes time and practice. Some topics covered are planner use, goal setting, time management, productivity, habits and routines, and organization.
Who the EF am I?
My name is Shannyn Schroeder. I am an author, editor, English teacher, mother, and executive functions coach. It's those last two descriptors that brought us here. I've been working as an executive functions coach for over 5 years. Long before that, however, I was coaching my own neurodivergent kids. Of course, at the time, I didn't call it that. I was just being a mom. In recent years, I've noticed more and more people I know being diagnosed as adults and this can be momentous, life-changing, and fucking overwhelming. Getting a diagnosis may help you feel better about things in your life, but it's by no means the end of the problem. You're just starting a new journey. I'd love to help you find the best path for you, so that your life works the way you need it to (not the way other people say it should). Want to read the whole story behind my blog and my role as an executive functions coach?