5 Steps to Overcome Autistic Inertia and Achieve Your Dreams (Even If You’re Not Autistic)

Motivating ourselves to do the things we want is key for a good life

Chelsey Flood
6 min readJun 30, 2021


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In 2020 I bought a tree hammock. Green canvas with a mosquito net covering, I dreamed of lying inside it, swinging between tree trunks, listening to birdsong or reading a book. A year later, I still had never put it up.

Sure, I took it out with me a couple of times, but there were too many steps to manage to hang it. Eventually, last winter, I tidied the tree hammock away in a box under the bed. I felt low-level frustrated with myself — a familiar feeling — because it wasn’t only the tree hammock.

Lacking follow-through has been an issue all my life. Frustration around this passivity was one of the main things that drove me to get sober. I was determined to make my own dreams come true. But five years sober, my inertia still thwarts me this way!

Why is doing things SO hard?

Before I was diagnosed with autism, I thought it was because I was lazy and weak, but recently I discovered that autistic inertia is a real thing that many of us struggle with.

Quincy at Speaking of Autism… explains it well here:

“Autistic inertia is the