#ADHD : The “Just Do Something” Method

Y’know when you have a task that you just can’t seem to start? All of them? Yes. I know how this goes. I’m a master of procrastinating on all of the things. And there’s not really a fancy trick that gets me finally rolling forward. 

I call my un-fancy method “Just Do Something!” Those are generally the words that fly out of my mouth when I finally tire of my own unwillingness. 

It’s very simple: Just do something. Anything. Almost anything. No vices allowed. Whatever the mindless thing that you use to avoid productivity? Yeah, that doesn’t count as “something”. But look around the room. What else could use your attention? It doesn’t have to be the dishes that you need to wash. Put away all the stuff in the kitchen that the kids left out. Consolidate the dishes so you can wash the counters. Sweep the kitchen floor. 

There are two benefits to trying this. First, I often find it to be the case that once I get started on “something” I will often finally get around to doing the thing I was avoiding. Advantage two is that even if you don’t get to the thing you “need” to do, you’ve clearly done SOMETHING, and the people you live with will appreciate that. There’s actually a third incentive here: By doing something, you have likely reduced a bit of clutter and distraction from your environment. 

And now…back to my “something/anything” task in progress…


4 thoughts on “#ADHD : The “Just Do Something” Method

  1. I like it. I should put it use on the clutter.

    What I’ve been doing recently is something kind of multi-personality. One part of me will say “I’m going to do the dishes later”. This is happening while another part of me is *doing* the dishes. Then I’ll say again, “I’ll do the dishes later” and the other part will say “See? It’s almost done and you didn’t even notice! Isn’t that wonderful?”.

    I wonder if this kind of thinking will lead me to the nuthouse (yours? mine?), but then decide not to care.

  2. I have an ADHD rule for myself: “Doing something trumps doing nothing.” It’s especially useful in those moments of paralysis when so many tasks are crowding in that I am overwhelmed. Thanks for the post!

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