See if this sounds familiar:

Sally's parents had already pulled her out of four school programs for bad grades.

She was smart and capable—but she just couldn’t manage to get her work done on time.

Lacey, a Slothzero coach, helped Sally break down all of her assignments into manageable chunks. They scheduled each task on Sally’s calendar. Most nights after school, Sally’s coach would sit on a video call with her while she studied. Slowly, Sally built up the habits—and the self-confidence—to let her bring up her grades.

At the end of the semester, Sally sent us this text:

It’s not your fault you struggle to meet your goals.

How many times have you told yourself you just need to try harder? That never seems to work. It’s not as simple as willpower; procrastination is about the mix of distraction, disorganization, and forgetfulness.

Procrastinators avoid their work. That’s just a cold hard fact. Avoidance is the key feature of something that should be done but isn’t done, and the culprit is the person who was supposed to do it. There wasn’t a proverbial Act of God. Someone else didn’t make it impossible for the person to do their work — like when a dog eats a kid’s homework, or a boss loses their keys and can’t open the office. Rather, the work could have been done, but the would-be worker failed to do it.

This is not to say that the avoidance of work is deliberate. Not all procrastinators mean to procrastinate. They don’t all want to. They don’t all know it while it’s happening. But when all is said and done, and they look back with the clear eyes of regret, all procrastinators realize that one way or another they ended up avoiding doing what needed to be done.

But just as there are many roads to Rome, there are many routes to avoidance. Some are conscious, some are unconscious. Some are deliberate, some are accidental. Some are pleasurable, some are incredibly painful. And out of all of them, three stand out as being what we call The Three Pillars of Procrastination: forgetfulness, disorganization, and distraction.

All three crucially involve problems of attention and decision-making. If you forget to do something, you fail to pay attention to it at all. If you get distracted, despite paying attention to something important, you fail to keep your attention on it. And finally, if you are disorganized, you have trouble structuring, streamlining, and prioritizing your attention, so that even if you do notice something, you can’t figure out what to do with it or how to balance it against competing concerns.

How the coaching process works

Step 1: Get signed up

Your first step is to get in touch with us. Your therapist might call or email us, or you might reach out to us directly yourself.

Step 2: We set up your scope of work

Our intake team helps you define expectations for your work with us, identify your goals, and establish an ideal time frame.

Step 3: Contract-Centered Coaching (CCC)

One of the hardest parts of getting people with ADHD, ADD, or just problems with organization, planning, and forgetfulness, is knowing what to say to them and how to say it when they need an intervention.

Step 4: What happens in your weekly meetings?

Clients and coaches meet every week to make sure everyone’s on the same page. They follow the same agenda every time to keep their work front of mind in a timely manner—and so clients can see their progress.

Step 5: Regular reassessments and readjustments

Finally, our team makes regular reassessments to refine and optimize the client’s plan for the best results. These reassessments typically take place every 3-6 months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It’s the dream of Slothzero to train people with new executive skills so that over time, they can function on their own. But the truth is that ADHD is a chronic lifelong condition.

Slothzero may become a permanent part of your life—and there’s no shame in that. We don’t overpromise or underdeliver.

For Peter, our founder, accountability coaching is a permanent part of his life. And that’s okay! ADHD is more like diabetes than pneumonia; it’s a chronic condition.

In medicine, there’s a famous saying: emergency problems require emergency solutions, while chronic problems require chronic solutions.

Accountability coaching also isn’t for everyone. Around 80% of clients stay with us for 16 weeks, but we know that for some people, this isnt’ the right help at the right time. If that’s you, you can cancel at any time without penalty.

For the most part, our coaches are there to be a supportive presence. We provide guardrails and structure to help clients feel empowered to be productive.

Our coaches and clients agree on an accountability system that works best for the client—anywhere from sending a reminder text message, to sitting on a video call while the client completes a task.

But some of our clients struggle with activities of daily living (ADL) and need support just getting off the ground. We can help bridge the gap.

If there are tasks that a client can’t complete on their own, we offer a personal assistance service. With this service, our assistants can help clients complete basic tasks like:

  • Reviewing homework assignments
  • Booking plane tickets
  • Paying a bill
  • Signing up for a new internet provider
  • Booking a rental car

If a client needs our help doing tasks that can be done online or over the phone, we can take care of it for them for an additional hourly rate.

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