by Health Guide May 28, 2013
Many adults with ADHD have been called “lazy” or “unmotivated” throughout their lives. While most adults with ADHD are easily motivated when a task or activity is interesting, the mundane and boring tasks are ignored or put off until later, even when they are important. This lack of motivation isn’t intentional and isn’t caused by laziness. Individuals with ADHD have lower levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is involved with motivation and helps with focus and attention. To combat this, those with ADHD naturally seek out exciting, stimulating activities as these increase the dopamine levels and improve focus.
But just because some tasks are tedious doesn’t mean they aren’t essential. Sometimes, we simply need to get those types of things accomplished. The following are ways to help you get past your lack of motivation or at least find ways to complete tasks even when you are not motivated.
Give yourself a time limit. Sometimes you can get moving if you know there is a limit to how much time you must spend on a task. For example, if you need to rake the leaves, set a time limit of 30 minutes and plan something more exciting for the end of the 30 minutes.
Alternate boring and interesting tasks. When faced with a long, arduous task, break it into small segments and give yourself time to do something you enjoy in between each segment. If you need to clean the house, start with one room and then take 15 minutes to do an enjoyable activity, then go on to clean the next room. Create a sense of urgency. Many adults with ADHD find that they become motivated when faced with a looming deadline, such as when college students finally become motivated to write the report a few hours before it is due.
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