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ADD: Procrastination Spending Out Of Control?

Dec 4, 2007
Today is the day. You can't wait another minute longer. You have to get that report done, or you'll be in hot water with the boss. But it's so boring! Then, you see your keys on the desk in front of you, and you grab them and jump into the car. Getting away from that horrible boring thing you have to do, like filling out your student loan papers or preparing that special report. So...

You drive to the nearest store, and it doesn't matter whether it's Auto Parts Plus or CVS, you're there. And you mindlessly wander through the place, looking for nothing. There's nothing you need or want, but you go up and down the aisles just hoping to find something you forgot you needed, when it comes to you! You really needed that bobble head doll of Spiderman, so you take out your wallet and plunk down the $14.95 for the incredible treasure you found.

But it's not necessarily Spiderman that has you buying. It's your ADD procrastination. You can't help it. You don't need that useless bobble-head you just want to be free of the nagging worry of getting that boring thing done. But guess what? It's not going away! Don't turn your ADD procrastination into spending your way out. You're just leaning on another ADD crutch to make things worse.

OK, so what can be done? Instead of jumping in the car, take a walk. Then, come back, until you're bored by the project again and then, get up and walk some more. You can do that.

Or, you can chunk the project down. Give yourself sizable chunks that you can tolerate, and schedule in doing them throughout the day. For instance, fill in the name and address part of the application and things you already know without having to grab your wallet or purse. Then, do something else. At the beginning of the next hour, start with filling in one page that you don't know, and then, stop. When you do things in chunks, your ADD boredom level won't be quite so high.

Just don't turn one ADD issue into another--overspending on impulse purchases. When you go to a store, have a specific purpose in mind, and if you need to keep yourself on task, make a list and stick to it. If you don't do that, you could be running up bills you can't afford to pay for no good reason, and that's something you definitely don't need.

ADD can lead us into other kinds of misery, just pushing us to get away from things we want to avoid. So, take it in chunks, or just get away from it for a while, without spending money. You can use your ADD creativity to come up with more solutions, but you won't be able to avoid your responsibilities. It's never going to happen.
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Tellman Knudson is a certified hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner. Subscribe to his Free weekly ADD Success Tips newsletter and take the ADD test when you visit Instant ADD Success at http://www.instantaddsuccess.com/
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