Here is a section of what I wrote about ‘Motivation’ in my September newsletter.
Helpful tips for ADHD and non-ADHD alike.
According to ADHD expert Dr. Olivardia, “The ADHD brain is wired toward low motivation for everyday tasks, and has lower levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in motivation.” However, once you know motivation is an obstacle, you can focus on finding creative ways to boost it and maintain it.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Realize that motivation is needless. If we waited to be motivated every time we
needed to do something (ie dishes, homework), we’d never get certain things done.
2. Do it because you can. Try this mantra: “Don’t do it because you have to; do it
because you can.” Practice gratitude for having the ability.
3. Create urgency. Faking urgency can help. (i.e. if you have a mound of dirty dishes,
wait until 15 minutes before your favorite show, and start washing)
4. Create a list of must-dos. After making your list of necessary tasks, only do one or
two tasks, or commit to spending 10 to 15 minutes at a time on a project.
5. Work with a buddy. Even if it’s not in person, find someone for support to check in
with on the phone or email.
6. Reward yourself. We all thrive on rewards, especially people with ADHD.
7. Go for “just good enough.” Determine what’s good enough and be ok with that.
8. Perform projects at your peak times. Are you a morning person? evening person?
9. Picture the end result. Imagine how you’ll feel when it’s finished.
Again, lack of motivation is not about laziness or some character flaw. It’s the nature of AD/HD, and for many, of just being human. Fortunately, by finding a few strategies that work for you, you can get things done. To read full article, click here.