Just learned a brand new strategy from a man with ADD or ADHD. He couldn’t get himself to clean up his desk, and the clutter made everything harder to do, and so he was getting frustrated and kind of demoralized, which makes it harder to clean your desk or do anything else, which is more frustrating and demoralizing, etc..
So one evening he just took everything off his desk and threw it on the floor, all over the floor. I think he did this on purpose, not just impulsively from his frustration (tho he does have ADD or ADHD).
The next morning when he came in he could hardly get to his desk, so he started picking the stuff off the floor and putting it away. Before long it was all done and his desk was clear. And he felt good about it, two accomplishments for the price of one.
This is a form of ‘locking yourself in’, making a commitment in a way you can’t get out of. Brilliant!
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