An abstract painter and writer who enjoys being with her fur babies, listening to music, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.
As someone who’s struggled with ADHD for the majority of my life, it’s no secret that getting anything done can become difficult, and at times, extremely overwhelming. There have been many instances where I’d ask myself why I can’t just do or start something, why I can’t be more organized, or I’ll start comparing myself to another person who seems to have their life all figured out.
One night, (when I couldn’t sleep to save my own life) I came across this YouTube channel hosted by someone who has ADHD herself, and she talks about how to work with it, not against it. A lightbulb finally went off in my head, and it’s been that way ever since.
“Now, why the heck didn’t I think of that?!”
ADHD doesn't have to be this negative thing, it's our superpower — and for anyone who finds themselves in the same boat I was in a while back, or for those with loved ones who have ADHD, I want to help.
Treat yourself after every task you finish. The bigger the task, the bigger the reward. When receiving a reward, your body releases dopamine, the feel-good hormone, which is something people with ADHD often chase or have a deficiency of.
For instance, after writing this article, I'm going to take a relaxing hot shower, throw my hoodie on, enjoy the cool weather (my favorite), and go have a picnic with Hugo. Another example would be after cleaning the house, you can light a scented candle, apply your favorite face mask and have a spa hour. You can do anything you'd like!
Use the power of hyper focus to your advantage.
Hyper focus is that in-the-zone feeling we get when we immerse ourselves in a task or a project. Use it to your advantage instead of working against it. Keep going until you can't go any longer.
Schedule frequent breaks.
I know, I know. I just told you the complete opposite about five seconds ago, but hear me out. Scheduling frequent breaks helps us when we're not totally into a task we have to complete.
For example, my least favorite thing to do is clean the house. I’ll tell myself that I’ll take a ten-minute break after I finish cleaning the floor or washing the dishes. That way, the thought of working my way through the whole house doesn’t seem so daunting and overwhelming.
If you're doing homework or writing, tell yourself you will stay on course for an hour or two, take a fifteen, and then come back to whatever you were doing. Having a sense of structure helps us finish what we started.
Start with the easiest task on your to-do list.
We all know the joy of finishing a task. Start off with the easiest ones to get them out of the way and give yourself a sense of accomplishment. By doing this, you'll feel good about yourself and be more compelled to move on to the next thing — or take a small break. You've earned it!
Turn it into a game.
Check out this video by How To ADHD. She touches on how to turn boring tasks into game form. She also has many other videos about living with ADHD, and how to support that person in your life who has it as well.
Clean as you go or work ahead.
This one is self-explanatory. Cleaning as you go helps to eliminate the need to carve out part of your day to complete one large, dragged-out task.
If you're able to get started on something ahead of time, go ahead and do it. You'll thank yourself later on.
Listen to your body. If you feel yourself getting frustrated, take a breather. You can turn boring tasks into a game, reward yourself, start something ahead of time, or use your ADHD to your advantage. Everyone is unique, so find what works for you and go with it. If you need help, don't be afraid to ask.
Know that you're not alone.
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