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Strategies to Help Enhance Executive Functioning Skills in Young Adults (18-22 Years) This Summer

Updated: Jun 12

Summer is a pivotal time to enhance your executive functioning skills as you navigate college, work, and personal responsibilities.

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Here are some strategies to help you develop these skills through summer-specific activities.

  1. Time Management: Create and stick to schedules for your work or college commitments. Use planners or digital tools to organize your tasks and manage your time effectively. Mastering time management is crucial for balancing multiple responsibilities and staying on track. Need help finding the right tool?

  2. Advanced Planning: Start planning for your future goals, such as career aspirations or further education. Set long-term goals, create action plans, and track your progress. This practice will help you think strategically and stay focused on your objectives.

  3. Problem Solving: When faced with complex problems or projects, think through different solutions and choose the best one. Whether it's a challenging course, a difficult work task, or a personal issue, developing your problem-solving skills will enhance your critical thinking and decision-making abilities.

  4. Self-reflection: Engage in regular self-evaluation to understand your strengths and areas for improvement. Reflect on your goals, strategies, and outcomes. This practice will help you gain a deeper understanding of your abilities and foster continuous improvement.

  5. Internships and Volunteering: Take advantage of internships or volunteer opportunities this summer. These experiences will help you develop time management, responsibility, and organizational skills while providing valuable real-world experience.

  6. Personal Projects: Consider starting a personal summer project, such as creating a blog, learning to code, or starting a small business. These projects require planning, initiative, and perseverance, all of which are crucial executive functioning skills.

By focusing on these summer activities, you can build robust executive functioning skills that will benefit you in all areas of life. Use this time to prepare for future success and navigate the challenges of adulthood more effectively. Enjoy your summer while investing in your personal growth and development.


Looking for a guide to help with Executive Functioning?

Many of us struggle with daily tasks that affect our ability to plan, start, and finish work. This often means simply lacking the executive functioning skills needed to be effective in social, school and work lives.

The good news? Research shows these brain-based skills can be taught!

The Adult Executive Functioning program guides you to understand what keeps you from reaching your goals and teaches you to learn how to identify your goals and challenges and boost your productivity.

Skills covered in the Adult Executive Functioning Workbook:

  • Self-assessment in Executive Functioning skills

  • Setting goals

  • Setting and maintaining an organized workspace

  • Using a planner to track daily, weekly, and long-term projects

  • Accurately estimating how long tasks will take

  • Scheduling time for working towards your goals

  • Breaking down long-term projects into daily tasks

  • Active reading and study skills

  • Taking useful notes

  • Exam preparation and exam-taking strategies

  • Tracking progress and setting new goals

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