ADHD can cause challenges with procrastination. If this resonates with you, read on for some simple ideas that can help you end the procrastination right now. Before you continue reading, just pause and commit to take ONE action today or tomorrow. Can you do that for yourself? Agreed? Okay, read on….
- Decide when you are going to take the first step in that project hanging over your head right now. Schedule time in your calendar right now and set an alarm to “beep” and send you an email. These reminders can be very helpful in moving forward.
- Start your day tomorrow by working on that big assignment for 10 minutes. That’s it, set a timer to remind you when 10 minutes is done. When the timer sounds, decide whether you can stand it for another 10 minutes. If not, do it again the next day, and the next….
- Give yourself encouragement. All too often, ADHD, and some of the co-existing conditions that come with it can cause a lot of negative self-talk. Try to change that self-talk to something positive. Start your day tomorrow by saying, “It will be great when I get this project started,” or something similarly positive.
- Do the hardest part of the project first. Once you have accomplished the hardest or most unpleasant part, the rest will seem like a breeze! If this isn’t feasible, just start with something on the harder end of the difficulty scale.
- Spend some time planning out your work and break it into the smallest steps you can develop. Commit to taking one step each day for the next week. The momentum could be just what you need to make big progress.
As I said earlier, just commit to taking one of the ideas above and putting it into action. Do you feel like you might procrastinate? Leave a comment with your commitment and when you will start. I’ll send you a reminder!
So tell us, what are you going to do? Good luck!