Kyle is a recent high school graduate who struggles with ADHD and Task Initiation. When he was younger, he was a hyperactive kid whose ADHD manifested in boundless energy. Instead of relying on medication, his father worked alongside several teachers to redirect Kyle’s energy into constructive projects. However, after the death of his father, Kyle lost his strongest supporter and found it hard to accomplish things on his own. As a result, Kyle did poorly throughout high school and struggles to stay motivated as an adult. His older brother believes Kyle should seek medical help for his ADHD, but Kyle is apprehensive about seeing a specialist.
He Struggles With Task Initiation
There is no difference between the week and the weekend, Monday or Friday, summer or winter. For Kyle, time flows together in one lump sum, only divided by video game matches, pizza deliveries, and the time spent asleep. He rarely goes outside anymore, let alone leave the couch; his only friends are a few folks online who he’ll sometimes play games with; and the only family he has left is his workaholic older brother who financially supports him. There was a time when Kyle felt ashamed for his sedentary lifestyle, but he’s now grown apathetic to the life he once had.
As a kid, Kyle bounced off the walls with energy. His father and teachers knew he had ADHD, but instead of medicating him, they chose to work together to make use of Kyle’s excess energy. He played several sports, loved arts and crafts, and although he was a handful at school, he often received good grades for his work. Thanks to his strong support system, Kyle didn’t need clinical help for his ADHD.
Shortly after Kyle started high school, his father died in a car crash, and Kyle was left in the care of Jake, his estranged older brother. Neither brother talked much about their feelings. Afterall, Jake was suddenly thrust into the role of a legal guardian, and Kyle was left to be raised by someone he barely knew. They were practically strangers, and this proved to be detrimental as Kyle’s grief and ADHD got the better of him.
Grief-stricken, Kyle and his ADHD symptoms gradually changed over time. He started having problems with task initiation and could no longer focus on the work expected of him. In addition, he no longer had the established support of his lower grade teachers to keep him motivated. He quit his team sports, abandoned his personal projects, and barely turned in any schoolwork. By the time left high school, Kyle had dropped everything once important to him.
Despite this, Kyle earnestly tried to do something with his time after graduation. He applied to several jobs, but never received any callbacks from potential employers. When that failed, he even tried to shadow Jake as a teller at the bank. Unfortunately, the brothers fought too much during training, and Kyle gave up on finding work altogether. He grew accustomed to rejection, and through this, he became complacent to his own unhappiness.
Jake desperately wants to help his little brother, but at this point, he isn’t sure how to. He knows that Kyle is a good kid at heart, but that doesn’t negate Jake’s frustration with Kyle’s behavior.
One night, after a particularly rough day at work, Jake texts his brother to wash the dishes – a simple request, easy to follow. But when Jake arrives home, he discovers the dishes are still sitting in the sink, piled higher than ever. He loses his temper at Kyle, threatening to break his gaming console if he doesn’t shape up soon.
Jake immediately regrets his actions, but it’s too late. Kyle unplugs his gaming console and storms out of the house, ignoring his brother’s shouts to come back. By the time Kyle reaches the end of the block, he is sobbing, angry at his brother, and his own shortcomings. He knows that he needs help, but at this point, he’s too ashamed to see a specialist.
Kyle eventually returns home, finding his brother asleep and a hastily scrawled note left on the kitchen table. The note is short: look up Eachday. Kyle sighs, following his brother’s suggestion as he takes out his phone and searches Eachday. He begrudgingly downloads the app, sitting down at the couch and setting aside his gaming console as he waits for Eachday to load.
Kyle is taken aback when he sees that Eachday is an app that helps people address their ADHD symptoms. Eachday focuses on education instead of medication, allowing users to manage themselves through its library of expert tips, tricks, and learning strategies aimed at alleviating ADHD symptoms.
At first, Kyle is apprehensive of Eachday. Soon enough, though, he finds content related to task initiation, how ADHD affects this executive function, and the ways people become motivated to start – and complete – tasks. Kyle is unnerved by how spot-on the application relates to him, but he continues reading through its content deep into the night.
That next morning, Jake wakes up to find Kyle still scrolling through Eachday. Although they don’t discuss their explosive altercation, Jake is relieved to see his brother has followed his advice. And in the following weeks, he is thrilled to see small, but noticeable changes in Kyle’s routine, be it doing the dishes, or taking walks outside, or being more proactive about hygiene and better eating habits.
Whenever he’s feeling unmotivated, Kyle uses Eachday to help educate and push himself to initiate tasks and nurture new ambitions. In a few months, Kyle regains the confidence to seek out work, eventually landing himself a job as a pizza delivery man. A few months more, he even seeks out a specialist to help him process his grief, and how it affected his motivation.
Kyle knows he still has a long way to go. But, thanks to Eachday, he feels confident initiating tasks and taking back control of his life.
“Kyle uses Eachday to help educate and push himself to initiate tasks and nurture new ambitions. In a few months, Kyle regains the confidence to seek out work, eventually landing himself a job as a pizza delivery man. A few months more, he even seeks out a specialist to help him process his grief, and how it affected his motivation. ”