Commitment — ADD Tip of the day 296

One of the hardest things for us with ADD or ADHD is to follow though, to finish, to persist after the novelty and the initial enthusiasm have worn off (is that one or three things?)  One strategy is commitment.

First, make sure the project/task/chore is really worth doing.  Then decide to commit to doing it.  Then try to lock yourself in-

We kids used to jump off “The Jump Off” on the Rio Grande ( and wade into Mexico).  It was high and I was scared, but I couldn’t let it show.  So I would take a long running start so that when I got to the edge I couldn’t stop.  I was commited, locked in.

I wrote in the book about the struggles to stick with writing it.  I had started this blog about the book way before I finished it, blogging about the writing and about how you could get it soon.  Commited and locked in.

One of the strategies to help stop smoking is to pick a quit date, and then tell all your friends you are quitting then.  You can even post it on facebook.

Ulysses had himself tied to the mast.

Commitment is a strategy and locked in is a strategy; try to get yourself into a corner where you have to do it.


Michael Phelps and ADHD clik here

Terry’s great post on how to stop losing things clik here

The sitting, to which I committed, is going well.

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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