Let's Get Shit Done
Let's Get Shit Done
Let's get it done.
Executive Function Skills
M, T, Th: 10am - 4pm (EST), 8am - 2pm (MDT) (Fri - Request only)
For busy, overworked & exhausted Professionals
with/without Diagnosed, un-diagnosed, self-Diagnosed adhd
who want to show what you can really do at the workplace
I will travel to Japan between 11/14 and 12/20 for various ADHD sessions and seminars.
My availability for US and European clients will be limited to the following timeframe.
7 pm - 11 pm EST | 5 pm - 9 pm MST | 7 am - 11 am GMT
Thank you for understanding!
Improving your executive function skills
in the context of business competencies
OptimalMinds offers a transformational coaching service that optimizes overall performance at the executive function level. We assess the impact of executive function (EF) on your ability to achieve results and identify alternative methods to enhance your EF skills to maximize your potential.
Our approach is holistic, encompassing all aspects of business skill sets, as developing EF skills in isolation is insufficient in the workplace. To thrive in your career, you must demonstrate competencies in productivity improvement, project management, and leadership development, with corresponding reinforcement of your EF skills.
We adopt an integrated approach that strengthens your EF skills and ADHD traits to increase productivity through project management skills and leadership. During our discussions, we facilitate a deeper understanding of your traits and behavioral patterns and guide you in developing these skills in the workplace to generate more tangible outcomes.
competencies we focus on
How executive functions skills are used to build competencies of 3 critical business performance areas
example: how exactly yout ef nfluences your behaviors at the workplace?
How executive dysfunction is translated into behaviors that
could jeopardize each stage of the project management cycle
To optimize the effectiveness of strategies aimed at mitigating ADHD traits, our sessions prioritize applying tactics tailored to the client's business performance and capacity to excel in a professional setting. The tactics we develop are designed to be applied to the client's specific job type and tasks, as each individual's circumstances can vary significantly. For example, one client may require coaching to improve their communication skills with potential employers as part of their career advancement, while another may need to apply more abstract and strategic tactics to progress within their organization or pursue long-term projects.
addresing 3 touch points
To effectively address ADHD traits and executive dysfunction while cultivating career advancement skills, it is crucial to focus on three key mindsets. Simply gaining a better understanding of one's traits, behavioral patterns, and strategies is insufficient. It is necessary to develop tailored tactics specific to the particular business type, tasks, responsibilities, and techniques involved.
For instance, if a client struggles with building project plans, it is not enough to only devise improved time estimation methods. Instead, it is important to delve deeper into factors such as criteria, key success factors, sequencing, and milestones that are relevant to the client's specific job type and subject matter expertise (SMEs). During coaching sessions, it is common to collaborate with the client to create project plans utilizing whiteboards or discussion boards, allowing them to implement identified tactics in real-time and successfully complete tasks during the session.
It is crucial that ADHD tactics are customized to meet the specific demands and circumstances of the individual. A one-size-fits-all approach to ADHD coaching is insufficient because it fails to account for each client's unique needs, potentially resulting in strategies that do not apply to their skill set or job requirements. As an optimization-focused professional, my objective is to maximize output while minimizing input. To achieve this, we adopt a three-pronged approach that encompasses ADHD coaching, professional coaching, and personalized improvement consulting. By combining these aspects, we offer a holistic service that empowers clients to manage their careers effectively and continue to grow.
Great at getting urgent/quick "put out fires" tasks, but cannot create project plans. Difficult to break up a big project into smaller pieces with milestones with the appropriate time estimates and the right sequence.
Perfectionism sometimes prevents me from completing tasks. Or, sometimes I even get afraid of starting projects because I may not be "perfect."
Wait until the last minute, but cannot start anytime earlier. No matter how much I try, I end up procrastinating.
Feel like working so hard throughout the day but realize nothing is done at the end of the day.
Cannot prioritize - jump into things that are right in front of me. Cannot plan out the day to get the critical things done.
Always write down things to remember, but my stickies and memos are all over the place, and I cannot find the one I need.
Instead of being responsive to requests, I need to be more proactive and strategic. But I end up doing smaller tasks throughout the day and feel like I have no time to stop and think through.
When I hyperfocus, I get many things done, but it only happens at the last minute. I cannot do it for a week prior.
how is coaching different from therapy?
Coaching focuses on how you want to become in the future and how to get there. Under a broad "goal," we identify multiple milestones and explore how to build skills to go through the milestones. The discussions are more tactical and solution-oriented.
about adhd/executive function
Executive function (EF) is a set of self-management skills that include:
Planning and Organization
These functions are interrelated and operate in coordination with each other. Our brain coordinates this command center and utilizes these skills throughout the day.
ADHD is a neurological condition involving a developmental impairment of the self-management system that relies on EF. Most people with ADHD struggle with multiple executive function skills making everyday activities more challenging.
Although ADHD is almost always defined by weakness in executive function skills, many people do not have ADHD yet need support with their EF skills.
about my coaching
Coaching serves as a powerful tool for individuals seeking to embark on a transformational journey. Life often presents continuous challenges, whether in the workplace or at home, which may be difficult to surmount using existing skillsets and perspectives. Adapting to novel situations and challenges demands not only acceptance but also the acquisition of new skills and perspectives to manage them effectively, thus enabling personal growth and progress.
As an expert in ADHD and executive function coaching, I understand that developing EF skills alone is inadequate for professionals seeking to optimize their performance. My coaching services strive to integrate EF skills into all aspects of the business, including project management, leadership, and productivity, in order to develop your potential holistically. By exploring every avenue of personal development, my transformational coaching approach fosters a comprehensive and integrated approach to empower you to reach your goals and achieve success.
As a coach, I provide guidance and facilitate a fresh perspective that encourages you to challenge your thinking and ask probing questions. I seek to understand your traits and behavioral patterns to identify potential blockers that may hinder your overall productivity. Furthermore, I explore your underlying drivers and motivations to leverage them as catalysts for overcoming challenges.
Through in-depth discussions, we develop targeted tactics and actionable strategies to revitalize your processing style and enhance your time management skills. My primary objective is to help you work more intelligently and efficiently, optimizing your performance.
Our coaching sessions are built around a discussion with thought provoking questions that enhance more self-awareness and self-discovery through ADHD/executive function lens.
Below are the top 4 elements you can expect from our coaching sessions.
FORWARD THINKING: Coaching focuses on the future self. You define where you want to go and who you want to become and coaching helps you get there.
STRENGTH-BASED: We identify your core strengths and use that to build better processing strategies. We build a toolset that is specific to your characters, circumstances, capacity, skills, and values.
ACCOUNTABILITIES: Every week, you will have a set of strategies to practice on. On the following week, we evaluate how you did. Remember, there will be a lot of baby steps and that's what matters the most.
REVISE & REPEAT: We evaluate how your new strategies influenced your efficiency and effectiveness. We adjust, revise and keep working on them until they become natural to your everyday habit.
Client Job types
My current clientele consists of individuals from various industries, including:
Small Business Owner
Aki is an esteemed and certified ADHD and life coach specializing in assisting professionals in honing the critical skills needed to excel as leaders. Leveraging her extensive background as a management consultant, Aki performs a comprehensive analysis to pinpoint areas of opportunity for growth and delivers valuable insights on how her clients can streamline their workflow to enhance daily productivity.
how It works
The sessions are 50 minutes.
We offer online booking for appointments up to 6 hours in advance, providing flexibility for unforeseen discussion needs.
If you need to change your appointment, we kindly request notification no later than 12 hours before the scheduled time.
Our online booking system facilitates easy cancellation or rescheduling and enables appointment management through a personalized account. Should you require assistance or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via email.
For those interested in coaching services, we welcome you to sign up for a 45-minute introductory session at a discounted rate via this link. During this session, we will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of your unique traits and challenges and explore how coaching can effectively support your personal and professional growth.
What People Say...
I found OptimalMinds in a hyperfocus-powered research session, and I am nothing if not thorough – I messaged six coaches and met with three before deciding Aki was the right coach for me. I was only recently diagnosed with ADHD, and I’ve been working in therapy for close to five years, but I was coming up against a wall when dealing with my ADHD traits. As a teacher, tutor, and graduate student who was also trying to plan her own wedding, I was overwhelmed by my work, and I couldn’t find time to do chores, much less anything I wanted to do. Aki helped me understand that some of the idiosyncrasies I suppressed so they didn’t overtake me were actually strengths when I applied them to certain situations. She also helped me reframe boundaries as a method of self care that shows me what’s in my realm of control, instead of pushing people away. We also discussed my blocks involving shame, perfectionism, and RSD, and Aki guided me to pay attention to my bodily responses more. I’m a uniquely self aware and reflective person, so I was pleasantly surprised with how much Aki was able to support my self discovery! I don’t fight my ADHD traits anymore, I use them as tools that I embrace, and I create strategies that make sense to my brain instead of trying to fit my star-shaped brain into a small, neurotypical square hole. My work/life balance feels balanced now, which is a first! Aki’s guidance has helped my productivity and self acceptance in ways I can’t begin to describe. I will be coming back to work with her when I run up against a wall again; I know Aki can help me figure out how to climb it.
— Brynnah G., CO