Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just Do It

One of the things the ADHD “experts” say for those of us who have anxiety driven procrastination because of the ADHD is to “just do it.” As Nike would say, right? They claim that if you just START working on a project, it will get better. They even say to set an alarm for 15 minutes and often times by the time the alarm goes off you are “warmed up” and ready to keep working. They claim that starting is a key motivator. 

Oh how I wish that were true. Sometimes it is. Sometimes if I can just force myself to start a project I end up getting into it and motivated and accomplishing a good deal. But so often that is not the case. I start, I flounder, I keep at it, I can't get into it, can't get motivated. I stay with it for a bit and then I walk away. 

Those same experts also say that setting deadlines is key, as those of us who have ADHD work best under pressure. I have found that statement to be unbelievably true. The problem is, the deadlines cannot be set by me. For example, I promised myself I would get some custom framing jobs done for a customer by Monday of last week. Monday came and went. So then I said, Tuesday. And then Wednesday. And so on. Needless to say, I didn't get them done.

To beef up the pressure a bit, I told the customer I would deliver them Monday - as in yesterday Monday. But I didn't do that, either. 

And right now I should be in my workshop, finishing up the framing jobs so that I can deliver them this afternoon. 

Instead I am here, typing out this blog. 


The experts also tell us to reward ourselves after working for a certain period of time. With that in mind, I am going to go work on framing for 15 minutes. Perhaps I will be motivated enough to finish all four framing jobs  - continuing to work even after the 15 minute timer has sounded. But either way, when the 15 minutes are up, or when I am done working on the framing, I am going to reward myself. With what, though? I don't know. I want the new Apple Watch, but I don't think a $399 reward is exactly what they had in mind. 😆

I could reward myself with a nap - but I've already taken one of those today. Maybe I will reward myself with a movie. I can watch one on my iPad while I make a card or two. 

I'll be back.....

Later: In the Evening

I was successful! I completed all four framing orders and delivered them! I did not, however, take time to reward myself, however the night is still young and I may do that this evening. 

1 comment:

  1. Good for you in finding ways to cope with your ADHD. And congratulations on getting the framing done. I have two grandsons with this and they seem to be doing so much better with their medications now. You can certainly tell when the meds wear off too! I just read where a piece of dark chocolate a day is good for the heart and also good for warding off diabetes. I take them up on that advice and that is my award at the end of the day. Before I go to bed I have one or two pieces of Dove dark chocolate. I always feel better then. But then again I am not sure how that would work in your situation.