Originally Answered: Do I Have Attention Defacit Disorder?
They diagnosed me with ADD when I was twelve. This diagnosis came from several reputable doctors, so we could safely say I wasn't just another kid turned out by an ADD mill. Put me on meds, blahblah, and I couldn't really tolerate any of it, so they were forced to leave me off of it.
And, now this is going to sound harsh, but: I learned to deal with it.
You recognize you have a problem, which is definitely the first start. But now that you realize it, meds may or may not help. Hell, you may not even have ADD. Now, as I cannot tolerate any known ADD medication for various reasons, here is what I personally do to get things done:
1. I let myself get distracted. I know, right? Bad! But I've learned to CONTROL my distraction. I'll motivate myself to work on my homework for anywhere from 10-30 minutes, and then let myself goof off for a while, and then get back to it. I have found this method to be ridiculously helpful. Also, so you get it engrained in your head that you need to work for a certain amount of time, give yourself small rewards for starting and completing a task. I used gobstoppers when I first started this method.
2. Write EVERYTHING down. Seriously. Buy yourself a nice, cute agenda and write down when you are assigned something, when it's due, and when you're going to work on it. I tend to bump against the deadlines, too, but I've found it's a lot harder to slack off if you've written down that you're going to do it. Also, talk to your friends about what sort of homework you're going to be doing on MSN or during the school day; the more accountable you feel, the more likely you'll do it.
3. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses. I, for example, know I work harder when faced with a deadline. So, I'll coax myself into working on, say, a paper, for a little while and LET the deadline approach, so that I feel more pressured to do it. The more pressure I feel, the faster/harder I work. But by doing that bit of prewriting, I assure the assignment gets done and is of a decent quality.
4. Don't use ADD as an excuse. Whether you have it or not doesn't matter. I know I do, and I still make sure I hold myself accountable, and don't let "oh, I have ADD; can't help it" cut it. For example, when I'm cleaning my room (my most hated task) I don't let myself slack off and go "oh, that's just my ADD flaring up". I catch myself slacking and whip my own butt back up and tell myself the sooner I get done, the sooner I can goof off. I'll even set my own deadlines by telling myself and (once again) writing down a time to be done by.
All in all, I know this isn't what you want to hear, but it's what works, at least for me. Don't LET it debilitate you, and don't use it as a crutch. Motivate yourself and take control of your life. It's hard; believe me, I know that it is. But it is possible.