I have trouble just saying no to myself, and doing what has to be done rather then what I want to do. I struggle with a just one more (blank) mindset. Whether it's just one more video, or just one more art piece, or just one more page. And I'm struggling because of it. I am missing parts of my class because I'm reading one more page. I'm staying up too late because if just one more video. Could I have some advice?-Anonymous
I can really relate to this. Task switching is really hard for me and a lot of people. Especially when you have to do something you don't like. I still struggle a lot with it but I have found some ways to overcome it.
When you're having trouble starting a task, think about what will happen if you don't do it. This can be a bit anxiety-inducing but it can also be motivating. I have math homework that I really don't like doing but I do it anyway because if I don't do it I won't graduate from high school. As much as I hate the task I would hate the consequence more and that motivates me to do the task.
Remember that you can go back to what you were doing once you're done with the task that you don't want to do. You can plan to do something you like to do after and use that as a motivational tool.
Try and find a way to make the task enjoyable. For example, I hate folding clothes so I usually listen to music or watch a show while I do it. Sometimes you're not going to enjoy a task no matter what so you just have to remind yourself that it needs to be done. Delaying it will likely make it even less enjoyable than it already is.
If you can ask someone to help you with the task. Often I have my mom help me with school work so I can stay focused. That way if I get distracted, she can help me get back on task.
Sometimes you're just going to have to force yourself to do something that you hate and you won't really be able to make it better. It sucks but it's an unfortunate part of life. Do it just for the sake of getting it done. Once it's done you'll feel better because it's over because you don't have to do it anymore. You'll be proud of yourself because you did it and you won't have to deal with the consequences of not doing it.