What are your activation tips?My therapist and I agreed that I have a pattern of not ‘activating’ myself. I plan a date, I can’t get it started. I plan a study session, I can’t get it started. Etc. I mean, when there’s a lot of external pressure I can get stuff done, sometimes, but it’s really frustrating when I want to get something done for _me_ (like progressing through college) and I just…don’t. Luckily I’ve been doing these non-zero days, and that’s been great. And a point system. Anytime I do even the smallest task to get something started or make progress on something, I get a few points (which I can spend on favors with my boyfriend. Like he’ll do laundry if I get 10 points). This has helped, but I still can’t for the life of me get things going. Or to finish things. Do you have any tips for me?
Anxiety (Including GAD)
Having trouble starting tasks can also be a component of executive dysfunction. I know how hard it can be because it’s a huge part of my ADHD. Have you been evaluated for ADHD?
I have considered it, but I just don’t have enough symptoms :/ I do agree it’s probably something related though!!!
executive dysfunction is definitely not exclusive to adhd either! However since it is a big part of adhd, the adhd community has some really good resources for working through it. For tasks like studying, it can be really helpful for me to have a body double in the room who is also working on their task. Just their presence helps me get started and stay focused. It’s why I study almost exclusively in coffee shops 😂 I’ve spent the past few years stumbling my way through the exact same challenges, feel free to message if you want to talk about it more!
Self note: alone time is crucial. People drain me.
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