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Lackig motivation

Question Posted Thursday July 12 2012, 5:23 pm

I have a history of depression, I've been medicated on antidepressants for I think like 2 years.. When I began taking prozac I also started adderall for my A.D.D.
Throughout my life I've always been one to procrastinate, but lately it's amplified to the point where I can't finish anything.
I've tried cleaning my room probably seven times within the past 2 months and I've yet to completely finish it (my room is pretty small and doesn't require any special cleaning. It's probably like 12 by 14?).
My graduation open house was on June 2nd and even though I went right out and bought my thank yous, I have completed only a handful. This IS a very tedious task, since there are so many to hand write and address, but it's been on the top of my priority list since the event.
I have no motivation to finish anything I start and sometimes can't even start things I know I have to. How can I get and stay on track? What's a good mindset to keep?

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NinjaNeer answered Friday July 13 2012, 8:34 am:
When is the last time your dosage was modified? Your body will get used to a low dosage after some time, and may require more to get the same effect.

I know that when my medication is up for a tweak, the first things I notice are that my sleep cycle is out of whack and that I have trouble doing things. This may be a matter to take to your doctor.

In the meantime, try keeping yourself on a strict schedule. If you have certain things you need to get done, schedule time for them and don't allow yourself to do anything but that. Be specific. Instead of "Clean my room" write out a list of tasks you need to do in that room and check them off as they're completed. That way you're not doing one big project, you're doing a bunch of smaller ones that only take 5 minutes.

Also try rewarding yourself. Get 5 thank yous done, watch TV for a half hour. Get all of them done, go out to a movie. A method I used to get through massive amounts of math problems was to get something tasty like chocolate covered raisins, and have one after every problem I completed. If you can't pull motivation out of nowhere, you need to make your own.

Good luck!

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x0xqtpiex0 answered Thursday July 12 2012, 8:28 pm:
I'm a huuuuge procrastinator as well, I just can't help it. The thing you have to do is make small goals for every day. For example: your room. Monday, clean your sink and toilet. Tuesday, do laundry. Wednesday, put away clothes. By making smaller jobs, they won't take as long to complete and you'll have it done it no time. Same with the cards. Do 10 every day so they don't become tedious.

Hope this helps!

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