It’s very easy to spout tips on being productive when you don’t have ADHD. For a lot of people without neurodivergency, sometimes completing a task is as simple as setting your mind to it and getting started!
For neurodivergent people, it’s not so easy. Many times you’ll be sitting on the couch telling yourself over and over again that you’ve got to get up and start work, but your body just won’t move. It’s not for lack of trying – in fact you’re trying quite hard – it’s just that your brain and body literally just won’t listen to you.
Unfortunately, from an outside perspective, all of that hamster-wheel-running in your brain just looks like you sitting as a lump on the couch for four hours.
So here’s a way to combat that.
Body doubling is a practice in which you work on a task alongside someone else who is also focusing on their own work. This is mainly used for ADHD, but honestly, I would argue that this would be helpful for anybody. It’s a lot harder to focus on your own task when someone else is in the room playing video games while you’re trying to organize your files! (Unless you have Dokkio, in which case, you would never have to organize your files again. It’s free, too!)
To get started on body doubling, get a human (this part may be negotiable…perhaps even a pet) who can act as a warm lump of sentient being to work quietly alongside you. As long as it’s a warm body, it can be anyone! (Don’t go kidnapping people though…that’s a whole other problem.)
It’s even possible to get a virtual bodydouble (there’s tons of options online and hey, you might even make a friend!) to work alongside with you in the event that you’re quarantined or maybe don’t have anyone in real life to come over. (Us hermits gotta finish our work, too!)
If you’d like to read more about why body doubling works, I recommend you read some more into it here. I’m just here to give you ideas so you can go ahead and get started – because we all know that sometimes, reading in depth can cause you to go down a rabbit hole where – whoops – it’s three hours later and you still haven’t gotten started on anything because you forgot.
So don’t forget to keep those files organized with Dokkio, get body doubling and happy sorting!