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What is Executive Dysfunction?

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

Executive dysfunction is a term used to describe difficulties with the cognitive processes that help individuals plan, organize, and complete tasks.

This can manifest in a variety of ways, including forgetfulness, procrastination, and difficulty prioritizing tasks.

Forgetfulness is a common symptom of executive dysfunction.

Individuals may struggle to remember important dates, appointments, or deadlines.

This can be particularly frustrating for those who feel like they are constantly forgetting things and struggling to stay on top of their responsibilities.

Procrastination is another common symptom of executive dysfunction.

Individuals may have a hard time starting tasks or staying focused on them, which can lead to putting things off until the last minute.

This can be a vicious cycle, as the stress of waiting until the last minute can make it even harder to focus and complete the task.

Difficulty prioritizing tasks is also a common symptom of executive dysfunction.

Individuals may struggle to determine which tasks are most important and need to be completed first, leading to feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to start.

There are a few practical strategies that can help individuals with executive dysfunction improve their planning skills.

One approach is to break tasks into smaller steps, which can make them feel more manageable and less overwhelming.

Another approach is to create a to-do list and prioritize tasks based on their importance and deadline.

Using reminders or alarms can also be helpful in staying on track and completing tasks on time.

It's important to remember that executive dysfunction is not a character flaw or a lack of motivation, but rather a cognitive difference that can make planning and completing tasks more challenging.

By using practical strategies and seeking support when needed, individuals with executive dysfunction can learn to manage their symptoms and achieve their goals.

But remember, you are not alone.

I, too, battle Executive Dysfunction but I have 20+ years of experience as an Executive Assistant and truly enjoy helping others make their lives more manageable with tools that actually work for them.

My process is getting to know them and testing out different tools until we find one or more that work best for them and is easy to keep using.

This part is super important because I see a lot of videos on what someone can do to improve but one technique doesn't work for everyone.

So I adapt and create the best solution for my clients.

Something that after just a few months, becomes second nature, and they live with less stress and anxiety.


If you are interested to get a personalized plan to tackle any aspect of your Executive Dysfunction, comment below, send me an email at, or book time with me here.

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