Battling Boredom


People with ADHD seem to get bored more easily than the general population.

In the past week, almost all of my clients complained of boredom and avoiding doing things that they find boring. Perhaps by saying something is boring what they are really saying is there are things I need to do but I really don’t want to do and perhaps there are things you need to do but feel unsure of where to start or long it will take.

Here’s a list of what many people find boring:

For students:

Going to school

Doing homework

Listening to teachers

Doing chores

For Adults:

Going to work

Paperwork and Filing


Waiting in line



Food shopping and preparation


However, life requires doing boring things that you don’t want to do, on time and to the best of your ability. Avoiding boring things doesn’t really work in the long run. Those things you tend to avoid come back to bite you.

Here are some tips for making boring stuff more fun.

• Try varying your speed and moving at a faster pace. Get routine things like doing the dishes done quickly.
• Set a timer for ten minutes and play beat the clock. See how much you can get done in a short amount of time.
• Use music that makes you want to dance to get you moving when you need to clean the house. Try soft music in the background to help you with paperwork.
• Multi-tasking helps fight boredom. Folding laundry (so boring) is less boring when you do it while watching TV.
• Waiting in line can be torturous so always bring something to read or play a game on your i-phone.
• Alternate the boring tasks with tasks you like to do. Kids can get some of their homework done and then play a video game for ten minutes and then return to homework. The trick is to remember to go back.
• Sitting through a meeting is easier when you can doodle or have a fidget toy.

Reward yourself when you finish doing something boring. It doesn’t have to be a big reward maybe just a small piece of chocolate will do the trick.

The strategy is to make the boring things in life less boring and to create a plan for getting them done.

Kathy Sussell is an ADHD coach in Brooklyn, NY. She helps teens, college students and adults with ADHD with time management, planning and prioritizing, getting started with and finishing tasks, organizing paper and objects and improving social skills. She is the organizer of the ADHD Women’s Meetup Group that meets every month in downtown Brooklyn. For more information visit her website: or email Kathy at

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