ADHD and New Years Resolutions (Part 4): Maintaining (or Re-Gaining) Momentum

Welcome back to our series on ADHD and New Years resolutions! If you’re just joining us now, so far we’ve covered some of the most commonly broken resolutions, as well as some ADHD-friendly tips to better follow-through on them.

This week, we’re talking about the New Years Resolution Hump – a highly scientific term for the point in time when the ‘newness’ of a resolution starts to wear thin. This is a time when your motivation starts to wane, your optimism isn’t as fresh, and frankly, all that ‘lifestyle changing’ starts to really feel like work. This is when the gyms start emptying to make room for the regulars.

First of all, this is an extremely common phenomenon for anyone, let alone someone with ADHD. No matter how good your intentions may be, at a certain point it can be very difficult to maintain momentum and get over that hump with a resolution.

Here’s the good news: there are ways to get past it that don’t involve drastic tactics or herculean efforts on your part. Yes, some effort is involved, but nothing too complex – trust us, we wouldn’t lead you astray.

So, whether you’re still going on your resolution or gave up on it on day 5 – take these simple tips to either maintain or re-gain your momentum:

  1. Find a friend. Choose someone you can count on to motivate you when you just don’t feel like doing whatever it is you’re trying to do. Friends are great for accountability – sometimes even the act of telling a friend your plan for the week is enough to get you going
  2. Make it fun. If running on treadmill isn’t fun, don’t do it. Seriously, don’t do it. Join a co-ed team or fun exercise class instead. Learning to play the piano not as interesting as you anticipated? Go to the music store and invest in sheet music from your favorite band. Planning a budget too tedious? Break out the poster boards and glitter. You get the idea, try to spice it up!
  3. Set weekly checkpoints. This goes hand in hand with the planning we talked about last week – perhaps your original goal was so large that you’re getting discouraged, so aim for small, concrete goals within your larger goal each week.  As a bonus, set up rewards for each checkpoint to keep you extra motivated.
  4. Turn it into a competition. Individuals with ADHD often thrive on challenges, so why not take advantage of this? Team up with that friend you grabbed earlier, keep track of those weekly checkpoints you just created, and a competition is born.

There you have it! If you’ve made it this far, you now have a repertoire of tips to create a good new years resolution with more chance of success. A lot of information has been thrown at you, so next week we’ll pull everything together and give you some final thoughts. See you then!

Next up: Some Final Thoughts

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