For people diagnosed with ADHD and ADD, boredom is a primary symptom they often struggle with. The solution for dealing with boredom is to do boring things. The more boring things you do, the more tolerance you increase for situations which typically trigger feelings of boredom within you. The question is, why would you or anyone want to increase your tolerance to boredom? This answer is because having an increased tolerance for boredom makes you more productive.
People who struggle with ADHD, have the ability to attend to many things at the same time. The problem is that the aspects of the things they are paying attention to are the most exciting. Needless to say, all things have their boring aspects as well, and in order to excel at anything, you need to become proficient with doing the boring things associated with what you are doing.
For example, an aspiring soccer player, who is serious about playing on an elite level, must become proficient with the boring aspects of his training. This includes daily drills, long-distance running, as well as studying and becoming familiar with plays. It is inevitable that he will find some of these tasks, unpleasant and boring. However, in order to become an elite player, he must practice the discipline of doing these tasks on a routine basis.
This rule applies to all facets of life and there are no short cuts. When you become disciplined in doing necessary things that you will normally find boring, you become a more productive and successful person in all that you do.
So how do you begin the process of becoming more disciplined in doing boring things?
Change Your Mind
The answer is to change your mindset. Currently, the popular mindset for boredom, or all things boring is negative. When people talk about being bored, they often sound like they are coming from a place of entitlement. Be it talking about someone whom they found boring, or doing something they found boring. When most people talk about boredom, they sound offended.
If you can relate to this attitude towards boredom, you need to change your mindset. You need to start seeing boredom as a rite of passage, or even a blessing. You should see boredom as a call to action, and a process that you must endure to achieve the results that you are looking for.
If you are talking to someone whom you find initially boring, perhaps that person is saying something important. If you must engage in boring and tedious drills in order to become an elite soccer player, perhaps these are drills designed to help you become a better player and athlete.
Some time ago, my son, lost his video game privileges for several days. So, what did he do? He finally followed through in putting together a remote-controlled robot he had received as a present. This involved him reading the instruction manual and sorting through several pieces of equipment.
Once you have begun the process of changing your mind, you must put yourself through the process of changing your habit. This means you must begin the process of changing your habit. You have two options, first, you can pick a random boring task and finish it. Such as cleaning your home. Or secondly, you can pick a boring task associated with something you are passionate about and finish it. Further, for whatever type of boring activity you start practicing, it would most likely be something that needs to be done daily. This means you should commit to making it a daily routine.
If you follow through with changing your mindset and behavior regarding boredom, you will become more productive. As a result, you will find yourself experiencing more success in the endeavors you pursue.