The relationship between ADHD and chronic procrastination

Everyone procrastinates. When faced with a task we don’t want to do, many of us will just postpone it until tomorrow. You may end up setting it aside until you feel less overwhelmed by all other responsibilities, or you may just wait until you have more energy to handle tasks on a new day.

However, if you find yourself delaying and avoiding these tasks time and time again, and never do it again “later,” problems will start to appear.

Procrastination and ADHD

Many adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are struggling with chronic procrastination. When job responsibilities are not completed until the last minute, this delay can cause problems at work.

When balance checkbooks are constantly delayed or bills are paid late, it can cause financial stress for the family. When you continue to procrastinate others, it can cause problems in relationships and make them feel that they are not important.

There may be many factors associated with ADHD that can cause chronic procrastination, including inattention, forgetfulness, confusion, prioritization, sorting, and time management issues.

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In addition, if you are repeatedly frustrated with certain types of tasks, you may naturally avoid these tasks to avoid the negative emotions that may be brought about by working on these tasks.

The following are some of the factors that influence the relationship between ADHD and procrastination.

Getting started

For adults with ADHD, starting a task is usually very difficult, especially if the task itself is not fun. When you are distracted by external stimuli and inner thoughts, it is even difficult for you to reach the starting line.

Sometimes just figuring out where or how to start is a challenge. Organizational issues come into play when you strive to prioritize, plan, and sequence the tasks that need to be completed to get started and stay on track.


Once you finally start, you may find that you will soon be distracted by other more interesting things, so your initial task will be further postponed. When you have ADHD, it can be very difficult to regulate your concentration.

Once you are able to focus on a task, you may find it difficult to maintain that kind of attention as your thoughts drift. When you are not very interested or stimulated by the task at hand, it may be difficult to stay alert, motivated and on track.

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You may find that when the task is particularly boring or boring, you will be delayed until the last minute to complete. At this time, you either feel so stressed that you can motivate yourself to finally start and complete the task, or you may not complete the task at all. Don’t face the consequences.

Last minute advance

What’s interesting is that for some people with ADHD, dragging things to the last minute creates an emergency — an emergency — which helps push you to successfully complete your work.

The approaching deadline (and the immediate negative consequences if the deadline is not met) may help you focus on completing the task.

The problem is that this urgency can also cause considerable stress and anxiety. Stress can cause great harm to you and the people around you.

Inevitably, these last-minute rush tasks are often not as high-quality as without such delays.

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Numbness and overwhelming

On the other hand, when you are faced with a task or project, you may feel painfully paralyzed-want to start, but cannot make progress in any way.

You may experience an overwhelming sense of pressure. Even though you know you need to get the job done, you just can’t move.

Impaired sense of time

Sometimes, it is the impaired sense of time that causes the task to start to have problems. If you cannot estimate the time required to complete a task, you may postpone it, thinking that you still have enough time to complete it.

ADHD can also make it difficult to track the passage of time, Therefore, you may find that these deadlines come quietly before you know it.

afraid of failure

Sometimes, starting this task will bring so much anxiety that these emotions can cause even greater obstacles. Fear of not completing tasks correctly, fear of imperfections, and fear of failure can exacerbate procrastination.