If you’re thinking “holy shit, I’m amazed this woman accomplishes anything with all these daily hurdles”, then first of all, the same. Second, I think you don’t struggle much (or much) with executive function.
But if you’ve made it this far, it’s safe to assume that you also find some of these executive job skills challenging. It’s easy to fall into a spiral of shame and frustration when executive function doesn’t come easy (especially when “executive function” on Google brings you articles on child development when you’re 27), but the truth is that executive function isn’t always simple or easy!
We all have unique brains that function differently, and if executive function isn’t your strength, I’m willing to bet you’ll outperform other cognitive functions—like creativity, emotional intelligence, or divergent thinking (aka “thinking outside the box”).
These are all incredibly valuable traits that make up who you are and what you bring to the table in both professional and personal settings. However, we still need to use our executive function skills to help improve these qualities and get tasks done in an effective manner.