1. Make a Plan: Planning removes the pressure in the heat of the moment and helps you to avoid overwhelm. Spending a few minutes to plan out the task before you tackle it provides you with a road map to follow and eliminates the need to make decisions when you’re in the thick of things.
2. Get Someone Else Involved: It’s easier to be productive when someone else is working along side you. Get the entire household cleaning up at the same time. If you have errands to run, find a buddy who also needs to be out and about. And make use of public spaces! Take your paperwork to the library or a coffee house.
3. Turn Up the Volume: Turn on some fun and upbeat music and let it pump you up! Music alone can give you the energy and outlook you need to take on the boring tasks. Choose something with a strong beat that puts you in a good mood. A number of my clients have used 80s pop, show tunes, and even club music. Me, I’m a rock chick. I can dance and dust to a rock beat like no one’s business.
4. Do 2 Things at Once: Don’t be afraid to balance routine or monotonous tasks with something that is more likely to hold your interest. You can pay bills while you watch TV, or talk on the phone while organizing your papers.
5. Get Your Priorities Straight: Perhaps you’re procrastinating on a task because it’s not that important. Maybe you’d love to clean out the basement, but it’s not really going to make your life any easier if you do. If it sounds like a good idea but in the end it’s really not that important to you, let it go. Don’t let it hang over your head.
6. Delegate: Why suffer? Delegate boring tasks wherever and whenever you can. Divide up household chores according to who likes to do what, or at least by who doesn’t mind doing what. House cleaning and laundry services, handy men (or handy women!), personal assistants, administrative assistants and more are all available to take some of those boring tasks off your list and free up your time for the stuff you’d rather be doing.
7. Just Do It!!: Don’t think about it too much, just jump in and get it done. Now I know a lot of people have a problem with telling an ADHDer to “just do” something, but we’re not talking about ability here, we’re talking about procrastinating on the stuff that you know how to do, but you just don’t feel like doing. The more you think about it and dread it, the harder it will be to get going. So don’t over think, just do it.