When to rest and when to keep going?

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    • #183995

      First time posting, currently awaiting formal diagnosis.

      My biggest challenge (at the moment) is trying to work out when I should keep persisting with a task, or when I should give up/take a break.

      I do all the ‘just start and once you start it will get easier’, ‘break it down and do the easiest step first’ things, but after forcing myself to sit there and do the task, I still can’t get my brain to switch on.

      I get up, run on the spot, have some coffee, put on music, set a timer and try again… same thing happens.

      So what do you do when you have tried all the strategies, but still can’t get the task done?

      It’s not that I’m getting distracted or bored, I my brain is just so exhausted that no matter how hard I try, I can’t get going. Sometimes I will then try and make myself angry/anxious to get going, only to then burst into tears, and then I REALLY can’t focus.

      All the advice I read about ADHD tends to be about starting tasks – what are the tips for finishing them???


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      Penny Williams

      There may be some strategies you haven’t tried in this article — it focuses on finishing things, not just getting started:

      How to Get Stuff Done Without Getting Bogged Down

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

      • #184117

        Resting is very important to feel better, enough sleep and eat happy food all the time.

      • #184149

        I love this article, very interesting!

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