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Task Initiation for ADHD and ASD: Getting Started

Ever experienced that familiar feeling of an urgent task staring back at you, yet you can't seem to muster the motivation to begin? It happens to all of us, and it's perfectly normal. This phenomenon is known as "task initiation." For some, starting tasks can be an uphill battle, and this is especially true in ASD and ADHD. Often, without a looming deadline or a sense of urgency, tasks get pushed aside. But fear not, there are effective strategies you can use to get things moving...



By Shaylin Prajapati

 

Bite-Sized Chunks

Breaking down tasks into smaller, more achievable goals is a powerful strategy to kickstart a task. While it's understandable to feel overwhelmed by the number of smaller tasks, the key is to focus solely on breaking down the next step into a manageable goal, rather than looking at the entire task at once. This approach can significantly reduce the feeling of being weighed down by an abundance of to-dos.



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