Foremost: @A_Arctic_fox nailed it on being sure to invest some time contemplating what the factors are in affecting your desired progress. I cannot stress this enough, fellow ADHDers: It’s worthwhile to analyze the condition of your body and mind throughout the day just like a pilot analyzes the condition of each part of their aircraft throughout a flight. It’s also literally the gateway step needed for everything from resolving habits to improving productivity and physical fitness and above all: building your relationship with and understanding of yourself.
For myself last night: I can share that I think what caused the slowdown and ‘fog’ was the combination of completing a busy workday, having just eaten dinner, ‘anticipation anxiety’ of the coursework to be done, and feelings of loneliness. So this would cause setback for anyone I think, let alone someone with ADHD suffering from the opposite end of that pendulum.
Okay so via the adderall: it did ‘kick in’ at a slower progression and over the course of 2-3 hours -vs- the 1-1.5 hours for the morning round. The coffee helped too, though within 2 hours I found myself ‘into the task’ enough to make much less frequent coffee breaks. This brings me to a realization I’ve been making more and more with my physical fitness goals that I call ’getting over the hill’ where once you “grind through” focusing on a task for just long enough: you end up “in the zone” are much more likely to continue forward.
- This is similar to advice Jessica gave in one of her videos on completing projects along the lines of: "Start the task as badly as you can - even writing down just a few random letters, then continue to make improvements however small or big … Versus never starting at all!"
Phasing it out into ‘chunks’ of work-time separated by small rewards (YouTube vids and social media checks in my case) was also effective. There are 2 ways you could partition these sessions:
By Time : “I will study for 45 minutes at a time with 15 minute breaks, and honor this cycle as best I can”. Side Pro Tip: Try to have a main task and a secondary task as different from the main one as possible that you can alternate between, e.g. main task = "Math Homework" and Secondary task = "Study History Class Lecture Notes"
By “Milestone/Mountain” : “I will study until achieving a big gain with the larger task, or hitting a major obstacle requiring a small retreat where I will come back with a fresh attack”
My ‘wish’ from this experience is to find ways to handle feeling lonely, as ironically I don’t really have the time or desire right now to start dating outside or as possible relief for said loneliness. I also could not find a good/productive ‘big reward’ for achieving total success for the entire day. It would have been hitting the gym: but I did that as a final act of daily progress as to achieve covering all the bases towards a ‘best day possible’ goal.
My ‘PSA’ from this experience is of course first: PERSISTANCE! and also the super important reality check (especially for newly diagnosed ADHDers) that adderall or any other drugs are NOT magic wands that will fully remove your symptoms and automatically turn you into a hyper efficient godlike being. At best, at least from the experiences I’ve heard: they often help just enough for you to start and continue helping yourself get over the hill as discussed earlier.
Hope this helps anyone dealing with the same who discovers this field note. Keep Forward - Plus Ultra!!!