Apple Books bestseller
“I really wish this guide existed when I first got diagnosed.”
Extra Focus: The Quick Start Guide to Adult ADHD
Your starter guide to understanding your ADHD brain and learning a smarter way to find motivation.
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Start a book club with friends or family and use these questions to guide your discussions, or use them as a guide to reflect on the book on your own.
Motivation Cheat Sheet
A printable guide with prompts and ideas to help find motivation when you’re feeling stuck, using the 4 Cs of Motivation to inspire you to take action.
ADHD Strategies Reference Sheet
A reference sheet list of ADHD strategy summaries from the book. Hang it on your fridge or in your office as a reminder!
ADHD Resources Guide
A curated list of ADHD resources to help you continue your ADHD journey.
About the Book
Written by an adult with ADHD for adults with ADHD, Extra Focus provides the compassionate understanding and practical strategies you need to stop struggling and start thriving.
Jesse J. Anderson draws from his personal journey of being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult to offer encouragement, motivation, and strategies tailored for ADHD brains.
- The 4 Cs of Motivation framework for driving action and building momentum
- Practical advice for developing habits and routines that don’t feel like cruel and unusual punishment
- Tips for managing your energy and avoiding ADHD burnout
- Navigating the clockless mind, including strategies for time estimation and managing chronic lateness
- Memory techniques to stop losing track of tasks, ideas, and your car keys
- Strategies for coping with success amnesia, imposter syndrome, rejection sensitivity, and shame spirals
Praise for Extra Focus
“Critical insights on ADHD and actionable strategies to deal with it. Wonderfully describes and simplifies the concept.”
“I tore through this in one evening and didn’t even mean to. Concise, easy to read, and packed with clever strategies, Jesse’s quick start guide is a fantastic place to start for anyone looking to better understand their—or a loved one’s—ADHD.”
“Extra Focus is an entertaining and incredibly easy read, with no unnecessary repetition for the sake of extra pages. Just concise information and practical tips, sprinkled with tons of relatable ‘ohhhh, it’s not just me!’ moments.
I really wish this guide existed when I first got diagnosed. If you’re dealing with ADHD—or even just trying to understand it better—I highly recommend you check out Extra Focus.
Trust me (and thank Jesse later).”
“I’ve been waiting for Jesse Anderson to get all his ideas down in a book. His newsletter and tweets have improved my life so much. He gets the ADHD brain better than anyone I’ve seen and offers usable, smart tools and the context to make me interested in them.
I’m so glad he has put all of that in one place, because I have ADHD and am not good at looking in lots of different places.”
“There’s a reason hundreds of thousands of people on social media have been drawn to Jesse J. Anderson’s thoughts around ADHD: he’sbetter at combining first-hand experiences with well-researched facts than just about anybody.
Extra Focus is a compelling read for those who have wondered why they just can’t focus the way other people can. Packed with strategies, anecdotes and revelations, it’s a must-read on the topic.”
“Chock full of smart, practical advice and strategies with the perfect amount of tongue-in-cheek honesty . . . It’s amust read for every ADHDer out there, regardless of where you are on your journey.”
“Welcome to your next hyperfocus - an ADHD-friendly guide to making friends with your brain! A must-read for any ADHD-er.”
“This book was what I needed when I was first diagnosed with ADHD as an adult in my thirties. Jesse has a natural knack for making the reader feel both seen and validated in their ADHD experiences . . .
His non-judgmental, relatable insights will be so valuable to someone who is just discovering their ADHD or suspects that they might be neurodivergent.”
“Jesse has always been a fantastic resource on social media for me, and no surprise, his book is no different.
It’s perfect for the newly diagnosed ADHDer and gives helpful perspective and valuable information to just about anyone.”
Inside the Book
Extra Focus is designed to be ADHD-friendly. Chapters are short and easy-to-read. Paragraphs are succinct, to the point, and don’t stretch on forever over multiple pages.
You won’t find any long, boring walls of text here.
The book is packed with actionable advice and tips you can start using right away. And we’ll cover the fundamentals behind how ADHD affects your day-to-day life (and what you can do about it).
It features beautiful illustrations by designer Nate Kadlac to help you visualize the concepts and ideas. (And just to make it a little more fun.)
About the Author
Jesse J. Anderson is a writer, speaker, ADHD advocate, and maker of things.
Diagnosed at 36, Jesse writes about his insights and experiences living with ADHD in the weekly newsletter, Extra Focus, helping over sixty thousand readers navigate their own ADHD journeys or better understand their loved ones.
He is known for his humorous, relatable, and insightful posts about ADHD under the handle @adhdjesse, and has been featured in publications includingToday and Huff Post.
He is still trying to reach his “potential,” but writing this book is a good start.
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