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Old 05-24-11, 11:59 AM
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Low Motivation & No Discipline

Low motivation is probably the thing I have struggled with most throughout my life. I've been called lazy, and have thought of myself as lazy. I've never wanted to be lazy, and have continually beat myself up over the fact that I was. It just seemed like no matter how hard I tried to push myself, it was like moving dead weight. I simply had no motivation, no desire, no "want to." I had the desire for motivation, It was like I just couldn't bring myself to do what I know I needed to do.

The same is true for discipline. No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to build discipline in the areas that I really want it, and need it. I'm not disciplined with money, time, or exercise. I've become more organized, and feel like I've taken great steps in that arena, but discipline is often out of my reach.

Vyvanse has helped with motivation. A lot of times I'm able to bring myself to do the things that I need to do, and as long as I am doing them I can focus and am fine. However, the meds haven't helped with building discipline. I was really hoping they would help me have the ability to become disciplined, like they have with motivation and organization.

What are some of the things you guys have done to build discipline?
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Re: Low Motivation & No Discipline

I am on Vyvanse as well. Your point about discipline resonates with me. The Vyvanse has helped me with motivation, too, which is absolutely essential, but I would say the Vyvanse has actually decreased what little discipline I did have. The result is I often work very hard on something that matters little but seems to at the time. I'm learning how to judge between things now, but for the first while on Vyvanse I had trouble. I had trouble on Aderall before that as well so I don't believe it's just Vyvanse.

I now write down the things I need to do before I take my Vyvanse, and try hard to follow it once I'm tempted to hyper-focus on the wrong thing.

The other thing I did was pray for help with it, and it came this way: if I waste time on inconsequential things that seem to matter at the time but really don't, or if I'm late for important things, I've come to have a very hopeless and worthless feeling inside by the end of the day. It's a terrible feeling I want to avoid at all costs. It's the thing that is causing me to get myself back on track when I wander.

Hope this helps,

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Part of what seems to help me is keeping a short list of things I need to be working on continuously (three items or less). I keep it open and in front of me whenever I'm at my desk. I also have a separate list for "little things" like paying bills.

And...disconnecting from the internet when work needs to be done.
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Re: Low Motivation & No Discipline

DarkShadow - I could have written your post myself. It's a problem day in, day out. It subsides (seemingly) when life is exciting and rolling fast, but unfortunately that doesn't happen very often so the rest is just a struggle and constant humiliation of not living up to one's potential.

Yes, keeping lists is a thing to do , but actually getting oneself to perform the tasks is an entirely different matter.. but it helps!
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Low motivation is probably the thing I have struggled with most throughout my life. I've been called lazy, and have thought of myself as lazy. I've never wanted to be lazy, and have continually beat myself up over the fact that I was. It just seemed like no matter how hard I tried to push myself, it was like moving dead weight. I simply had no motivation, no desire, no "want to." I had the desire for motivation, It was like I just couldn't bring myself to do what I know I needed to do.

The same is true for discipline. No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to build discipline in the areas that I really want it, and need it. I'm not disciplined with money, time, or exercise. I've become more organized, and feel like I've taken great steps in that arena, but discipline is often out of my reach.

Vyvanse has helped with motivation. A lot of times I'm able to bring myself to do the things that I need to do, and as long as I am doing them I can focus and am fine. However, the meds haven't helped with building discipline. I was really hoping they would help me have the ability to become disciplined, like they have with motivation and organization.

What are some of the things you guys have done to build discipline?
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I have felt the same way, I always look at myself as lazy in all areas I find it exhausting alot of the times to put the effort into socialising.

Maybe having a reward at the end will help with the discipline.
For example last year I planned a trip to Australia for a shopping spree and so I would have to save up for it and I saved at my best living really tight and to be honest it was worth it.

You should plan a weekend where you can go to a nice mall and go on a shopping spree but you are only allowed to spend a certain amount but first you have to save up x amount which is more than what you are going to spend so that is a motivator to help you save, I dont know how committed you will be at first.

I do know though that lack of discipline, motivation and procrastination is my problem with saving money and i understand its very hard.

But hang in there honey.
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Re: Low Motivation & No Discipline

me too if i'm uninterested i won't do it. you're not alone haha
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Re: Low Motivation & No Discipline

I am on adderall and know what you mean. It helps me to focus but if I dont choose wisely I can waste my constructive focus time. I have to pay cash for my meds so that is great motivation not to was my expensive focus time.
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