In this episode of the ADHD Support Talk Radio podcast, co-host Lynne Edris takes a unique perspective on common struggles experienced by adults with ADHD, namely poor follow-through, procrastination, and avoidance. Lynne challenges the conventional view of procrastination as laziness or a character flaw and instead explores it as a coping mechanism that has gone awry.

Lynne delves into the underlying reasons behind procrastination and avoidance, helping listeners understand the root causes of these behaviors. She emphasizes that individuals with ADHD often struggle with executive functioning, which can make it challenging to initiate tasks, sustain focus, and manage time effectively. Procrastination and avoidance, therefore, become maladaptive coping mechanisms that provide temporary relief from the anxiety and overwhelm associated with tasks.

By reframing procrastination as a coping mechanism, Lynne helps listeners gain insight into their own patterns of avoidance and understand the emotional and cognitive factors that contribute to their struggles. This shift in perspective helps individuals move away from self-blame and judgment and towards a more compassionate and proactive approach to addressing their challenges.

Throughout the episode, Lynne provides practical strategies that listeners can implement to overcome procrastination and improve follow-through. These strategies are tailored to the specific needs of individuals with ADHD and take into account the unique aspects of their cognitive functioning. By addressing the underlying causes of procrastination, such as fear of failure, overwhelm, or difficulty with task initiation, listeners can develop effective tools and techniques to enhance their productivity and consistency.

Lynne also emphasizes the importance of creating a supportive environment that promotes accountability and minimizes distractions. This may involve setting clear goals, breaking tasks into smaller, manageable steps, and utilizing tools such as timers, reminders, or external accountability partners. By implementing these strategies, individuals can create a structure that supports their focus and helps them stay on track.

Furthermore, Lynne encourages listeners to explore their values and motivations to connect with their intrinsic motivation. By understanding the deeper meaning and purpose behind their tasks, individuals can tap into their natural drive and find greater satisfaction in completing them.

The episode serves as a guide for individuals with ADHD to uncover the underlying causes of procrastination and avoidance while offering practical solutions to improve follow-through. By reframing procrastination as a coping mechanism and addressing the specific challenges faced by individuals with ADHD, Lynne Edris provides a fresh perspective and equips listeners with the tools they need to overcome these struggles and achieve greater productivity and consistency in their lives.

Podcast Co-Host Lynne Edris helps overwhelmed professionals take control of their time and tackle their to-dos with ease so they have more time, more energy, and more money for what they love most! As a woman with ADHD herself, she has been where her clients are and come out the other side, so to speak. She’s gone from living in a constant state of chaos and under-performance to a life full of success and fulfillment, and wants to help you achieve your version of success as well! Learn more about her 90-day “Get it Done” program to help you solve your struggles with avoidance, overwhelm and procrastination once and for all at www.ProcrastinationProgram.com . You can learn more about Lynne and contact her through her website at www.CoachingADDvantages.com. 

ADHD Support Talk Radio is an award winning Podcast for Adults with ADD / ADHD. Co-hosts Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris are joined by Adult ADHD experts and they cover important topics related to Adult ADD / ADHD. Podcast guests include Dr. Edward Hallowell, Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Dr. Ari Tuckman, Laurie Dupar, Terry Matlen and many more.

Tara McGillicuddy is the Producer, Owner and Co-host of the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast. You may contact Tara with general questions or feedback about the podcast.

Lynne Edris is the Co-host of the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast. You may contact Lynne with feedback about her episodes.

    2 replies to "Procrastination and Avoidance: A different take on ADHD Struggles with Follow Through"

    • Alison

      This was a really helpful episode! My therapist has explained this to me before but the way you did really help it finally “click!” Thank you so much!

      • admin

        I’m so glad you found it helpful, Alison! It’s a big struggle for so many of us!

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