Managing Your Mind
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Geri Markel
Managing Your Mind Newsletter
January 2007

Welcome to the first edition of the Managing Your Mind Newsletter. The goal of this communication is to help you manage your mind and enhance your work, life, and/or school performance.

During the third week of each month, you will receive this brief, but practical, communication providing announcements, tips, stories, and resources. The format will develop based on your feedback and input. Feel free to contact me with your questions, concerns, and suggestions.

You'll find the following sections in this issue:

  • "It worked for me." Louise's story
  • Can you top this? Stories about glitches, mistakes, and goofs
  • Strategies for Success
  • Ask the Coach
  • Featured Resources
  • Announcements
  • Upcoming Events


"It Worked For Me"

Louise's Story: "Geri, I listened to your free teleseminar. I was so inspired that the next day I started on the organization of the barn. I'd been trying to do it for over three years. Every time I had started, it didn't last long - it is dark, depressing, smelly, infested, and the worst of all, filled with too many memories. It had never occurred to me to decorate the barn while I was straightening it out. It didn't make sense. Why should I decorate it when we are not using it and it needs to be emptied and remodeled? But decorating is what I enjoy and it helped me get the job done. I put on the music, dragged several lamps with extension cords and placed them around, and was very determined. I did the first floor in less than a half hour. The attic took less than three days. The little metal birdhouse that usually makes me cry (it was my mother's) - I stuck a big yellow flower in it and hung it up from the rafter. It looks a country store now - there are all sorts of interesting things hanging from the ceiling and I even made a scarecrow outside. - Well, I just wanted to give you feedback and thank you for the great advice."

If you've used a tip from a Managing Your Mind book or seminar or you've come up with one of your own, please share with me by calling (734) 761-6498 or emailing


Can You Top This? Goofs and Glitches

Can you top this "oops" experience? Stan wants to be ready for his trip to a conference in London. Hastily, he throws his khakis into the washing machine. Problem is that his passport is in the pant's back pocket. He's forced to postpone his trip! Let's laugh together about our experiences. If you have one to share, send it to


Ask the Coach:

Beginning with the February newsletter, I will address issues of special interest that have been submitted by readers like you. Questions can relate to adolescents or adults experiencing performance problems at school, work or home. Email your questions to


Featured Resources:

1. If you or some one in your office has a loud voice, it disrupts others. Try using what many therapists use to mask voices and keep office conversations confidential: Sound Screen®, Therapists' Office Solutions, (800 522-5969)

2. If you have a hard time getting up in the morning, investigate these products at and


Strategies for Success:

As January ends, it's time to dig out those crumpled scraps of paper, on which you scribbled your New Years resolutions, and to recommit and reschedule! Do you waste time while driving because you frequently forget directions or get lost? Here are some tips from Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Challenges Facing Adults with ADD:

  • Buy a compass for your car at an auto supply store.
  • Get area maps of the routes you have to travel.
  • When you are driving to a new place, get in the habit of focusing your attention on the landmarks and signs around you in order to orient yourself.
  • Repeat aloud the names of the landmarks and signs you are passing (e.g., "Waterloo gas station on the left"; "High school on the right").

In addition, you may want to consider purchasing a GPS unit for your vehicle.

Here's another tip for the New Year. Plan ahead: as soon as you RSVP to an invitation or set up a meeting, ask for and write down/print out directions. (Websites such as Mapquest allow you to print out directions in text and/or map form.) Then staple the directions right to the invitation or announcement. (If you have a PDA, type the directions into it immediately.) Store your appointment/directions packet in your vehicle, for example in the glove compartment or in a designated folder, and you'll always know where you're going!



It has been a busy and productive year at the Managing Your Mind headquarters. Here are some of the highlights of 2006 and the upcoming events in 2007.


Highlights of 2006:

We have a new name. Markel Consulting became Managing Your Mind, LLC and a member of the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce.

There is a new booklet. Defeating the Demons of Distraction: 111 Ways to Increase Work/Life Performance and Decrease Stress is a 16 page booklet available from

Markel has been on the radio. On the radio, there were interviews on WWJ (950 AM) with Bob Mundie about ADDA National AD/HD Awareness Day", with Bill Rapada on WWJ about "Defeating the Holiday Demons of Distraction" and with Gregory Thomas, on the Keep it Real Show on WDRJ about "How to Get and Keep Your Child in College."

We received a favorable book review. In ADDitude Magazine, March, 2006, Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Challenges Facing Adults with ADD, by Judith Greenbaum and Geraldine Markel was seen as a practical and readable resource.

Coaching helped a college student. In ADDitude Magazine, December/January 2007, the Personal Journey of Brian Polk is described and highlights the usefulness of coaching by Geri. To read the article, go to the White Paper Section on the home page of

There were a variety of presentations. These included:

  • "Dealing with the Stress Mess." at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District In-Service Day
  • "Defeating the Demons of Distraction." Sponsored by the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, University of MI, ADDA National AD/HD Awareness Day
  • "Finding Your Focus: Navigating Adult AD/HD." was sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library.
  • "I Have Things to Do, But I Don't Know Where to Start." a teleseminiar was sponsored by ADDA.
  • "Managing Your Memory", "Fast Track Reading" and "Improving Performance Appraisals" were presented in New York under the auspices of Making It Work and Linda Bizer, Ed.D.


Upcoming Events in 2007:

  • Presentation to Coaching Training Institute Special Interest Group of ADD coaches, "Tools to Help You Find Your Focus." Jan. 23, 2007.
  • Presentation to the Word of Mouth Networking Organization: "Defeating the Demons of Distraction: Maximizing Your Potential," Feb.2, 2007.
  • Free teleseminar: "Time Management for Graduate Students," Feb. 1, 2007, 12:15-12:45 PM EST. To sign up, write to
  • Free teleseminar series: A nine-part, monthly series on "The Demons of Distraction." Part 1 begins on Thurs., February 22, 2007, 8:00-8:45 PM EST, with "An Overview of the Demons of Distraction." This session includes a thirty minute overview with ample time for questions and audience participation. Subsequently, each month's teleseminar will examine a Demon in detail, beginning with the Technology Demon in March, 2007. To sign up for any of these events, please write to


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