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Making Yourself Do the "Piddly" Tasks

by Dr. Liz on 10/12/12

Apparently, "piddly" is not a real word, but it's the best way I can describe having to do those little annoying tasks that us ADDers prefer to put off as long as possible.  It seems logical, right?  Printing off that email, taking the trash out, running that tiny errand.  We think we can keep putting it off because in our minds we will eventually get to it and it will only take a few moments.  But, when we have a bunch of piddly tasks that we keep putting off, they become overwhelming.  Most people with ADD get little satisfaction over completing tasks. In fact, a common symptom of ADD is failing to complete tasks. So, we are fighting an uphill battle on a daily basis. 

Here's my advice.  Make yourself find 30 minutes in your week to devote to handling these tasks.  Put them in a list in priority order.  Write down how long you think it will actually take you to do them.  (Probably 5-10 minutes per task) and commit to doing what you can in 30 minutes.  I'd be willing to bet that you get more done in that 30 minutes that you imagined.  And, I'll bet that you will feel much better knowing those things are done. 

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