Oh So Hard to Start!

DecisionsMany people with ADD have difficulty starting a task or project – whether at home, school, or at work.  Typically, the reasons included (but are not limited to) feeling overwhelmed by it, its boring or tedious, or maybe you’d just rather be on Facebook!

No matter what the reason, its something you either don’t believe you CAN do, or WANT to do.  It remains on that ever long To Do List, or is simply shoved out of your mind as you move onto something more interesting, fun or easier to do.  Yet, somewhere deep inside you KNOW that time is ticking away and that this task is something that really needs to get done.  Just knowing it, yet not DOING it, can even lead to anxiety.  Then, the growing anxiety makes it even MORE difficult to start!

So, how does one begin what I commonly refer to as a yukky task?  There are a variety of strategies, but the one I’d like to share with you today is starting with a very small piece.  It can even be just five minutes of time.  But it will be a start!

If you have a timer, you may want to set it.  Or, use your cell phone to set a short alarm.  The method isn’t nearly as important as knowing you’re just going to spend a few minutes on this today.  AND, it doesn’t even matter if what you do to start your project is even well done.  The point is just to GET STARTED.  Once you have your task started, even a tiny bit of it – you’ll likely find that you feel a sense of relief that it has indeed been started…and hope, that by having started you’ll eventually be able to finish!

Isn’t there something you’ve been putting off that you’d like to finally do?  Why not take five minutes and START!



  1. Andrea says

    This approach helped me today. I dug into the dreaded task and within seconds I felt my dread melt away. I also like to try out different timers for doing my tasks.

    My new timer for my laptop is Focus Booster and I’m currently in love with it. It’s a free, visually-oriented timer for PC/Mac (focusboosterapp-dot-com). The creators use the “Pomodoro Technique” of time management, which looks good to me- if you don’t have ADHD. You start the timer and it displays see a long green bar, which slowly shrinks as the minutes pass, and becomes orange then red as the time nears the end. I like the metaphor of cool/hot.

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