You are not alone!
Motivational challenges are common with AD/HD. In fact, some research shows that motivational issues and AD/HD stem from a reduction in dopamine, an important neurotransmitter in the brain.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t get motivated!
- What things do motivate me?
- How can I bring some of that energy to the task at hand?
- What about the task at hand is important to me?
- What time of day is it easiest to do the things I feel less motivated about?
- How helpful would it be to make fun stuff a reward for the “other stuff”?
- What can I do to make the “other” stuff more appealing?
- Break the task into bits and do just one bit at a time?
- Race against the clock?
- Ask someone to do the task with me, or at least stay nearby to keep me on task?
- How helpful would it be to develop routines and schedules for some of what just has to get done?
- What will I feel like if I get the job done? What about if I don’t?
- Check out this Youtube video about motivation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc&feature=channel
- Here’s a lecture on motivation by AD/HD expert Russell Barkley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3VuV5Jvazs