Some days have a tendency to feel overwhelming, especially when you look over your schedule or to-do list for the day. When you have ADHD, your first inclination is to avoid tasks that are boring or seem too tedious. Likewise, when you have too many things to do, it can be hard to get started because you simply don’t know where to start. This is when procrastination usually takes over.
Instead of focusing on the stress of getting all of your tasks done, think about what simple things will make your day brighter and more enjoyable while you are getting your tasks done. It can be something small like stopping for lunch at your favorite cafe while you run errands, or taking a five-minute break outside in the sunlight as you feel the sun warm upon your face. It could be as simple as inhaling the clean scent of fresh laundry when you take your clothes out of the dryer. Anything that gives you a sense of comfort or contentment will work — anything that will bring a smile to your face.
All of these things make the task more appealing when you know that part of the experience is something to actually look forward to. It also helps you set aside time throughout the day for things that you enjoy, something that we often forget to do. And it generates a feeling of reward for getting your tasks done, which is an excellent source of motivation. Motivation is the key to outsmarting your ADHD and putting a stop to procrastination.
Write down what five things will make your day great today, and do them throughout the day. Feeling excited about these five things will motivate you to look forward to the tasks of the day instead of dread them, and they will keep you going throughout the day. Do this every day, and by the end of the week you will have done a lot of things that made you smile — and accomplished more than you thought you could.