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I'm in college, I have ADHD, but it's not as bad as some of the horror stories I've read about. Basically how can I make myself do homework, and get off the damn computer? Hopefully this is the right place to ask.

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Just stop thinking and do it. – Muz Mar 18 '13 at 5:55
Muz, that article is terrific. I would select it as best answer if it was my question, and it was an answer. – Gaʀʀʏ Apr 7 '13 at 16:31

Remove yourself from the environment that has the distractions. Many students (myself included) work in the library rather than at home. If that isn't an option for you, create a space at home away from the distractions. Force yourself into the space at a scheduled time and break the work up into manageable chunks. Reward yourself for each completed chunk with a little break but time the break too.

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I have the same problem (don – what Mar 21 '13 at 9:37

I suggest Productivity/ GTD (getting things done) apps and articles. Since we have ADHD, that means these qualities are something that will help in every aspect of life.

You can start at the premium side (it took me years to get around to buying it), OmniFocus (20USD). The 'problem' with it is you're going to spend a goodly time on the internet watching Youtube videos on how to use the methodology (starting here: The GREAT news is you can take that method anywhere with only paper and pencil (you don't need the app but boy, is it handy -- not just because it's on your phone but because you can add photos, set reminders, use a proximity map, etc. That app is LOADED).

Or you can start with something more about time management, which I think is the best place to start. For that, you can use an pomodoro (kitchen timer) or set your phone alarm or buy (some free) any number of apps meant just for this style of GTD! It's explained here as 25 minutes.

There are variations of the method, one says work 25 minutes, then take 5 minutes 'break' and repeat. Another promotes 30/30 off (minutes on, then change) for tasks. That doesn't mean you play for 30 minutes! For example: Read Biology chapter for 30 minutes. Clean house for 30 minutes. Read Biology for 30... Read through notes for Oral Communications presentation for 30 minutes.

In the end, it'll be a combination of things that work. It's perseverance.

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The problem with GTD is that it applies only to situations where you have to deal with a multitude of tasks. It helps you to get the important things done first. I don't see how GTD can help with overcoming procrastination when you have only one thing to do, nothing else needs to be done, but you simply don't want to do it, because you hate it -- like doing your homework. – what Mar 21 '13 at 9:35

Consult your doctor. He might put you on Ritalin / Aderal.

Then take it from there.

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I'm not taking any medication. – MarcusJ Mar 16 '13 at 10:55
If you have a serious form of AD/HD, I think it might be the solution for your problem, because your problem is of physical nature, not mental. You can't fix your issue by "thinking differently" as people here have suggested. – Tool Mar 16 '13 at 17:48
Okay, but what exactly is "Serious ADHD?" I have the combined type, it's really hard to compare the severity of mine to others though. – MarcusJ Mar 16 '13 at 18:08
"Serious" is considered when it impairs your daily life to the extent in which you can't normally function. – Tool Mar 16 '13 at 18:58
If you feel like your ADHD is impairing your ability to focus, then I would recommend consulting your doctor. Only for those who are actually diagnosed with ADHD. – Gaʀʀʏ Apr 7 '13 at 16:50

First of all,you're in college. So you're already pretty good.

Now a little pessimism will do wonders here :D Let's see how that scenario would go.

Not doing homework = Detention/Low Grades (Depending on how strict your curriculum and grading system is) = Low academic performance =Low/Zero possibility of job offers = Low quality of life.

And nobody wants that. Do your homework boy

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Detentions in college...? – Gaʀʀʏ Apr 7 '13 at 16:52

I procrastinated home work my entire life, middle school, high school, I got lots of warnings and detentions, and then in college things was not much different.

But I finally stated doing things when some of my class mates asked me for helping him to study for tests, and I was afraid to say no, and started studying in groups (I was doing just because I was required to help then).

And then we set kind of studying group, in my home (which I can't just leave) and that became a habit.

To help we also do something fun after studying, have pizza, play video games, whatever...

This really helped me a lot in my grades, also I started to be able to do my homework on my own.

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If your homework is related to any concept draw a mind map of that concept with many visual items.That should keep you interested.
Else, you follow the reward system and grant yourself 1 hr of computer time for every 1 or 2 hrs of study. That should work in most cases.
Even if that fails, try doing some physical activity and then do your homework. It stimulates your mind to work.

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It can be very powerful to make a commitment to another person. One way to do this is with study groups. There is something about knowing that someone is expecting you at a certain time at the library or elsewhere to meet and do homework.

Here is a great example of how one student put together their own study group to avoid procrastinating on their homework.

If your goal is to commit yourself to getting homework done, make sure you find/form a study group that specifically devotes time to doing the homework.

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that worked for me, check out my answer. – Mar 29 '13 at 18:07

Any method will be helpless if you are not interested in doing stuff. Think about it from different points of view, find something you may be interested in.

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Forget what tool has said. It is basically a tool's advice. I would suggest meditating and exercising as these activities have been shown to increase self control and attention. Drugs like adderall will make you manic and eventually make you a crack head addicted person. People have become so addicted to that stuff that they have killed themselves.

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Yeah, but speed actually calms people with ADHD, so he has a point there, I'm just not gonna take it because it makes life incredibly boring and depressing. – MarcusJ Mar 16 '13 at 19:52

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