A practical solution would be to try and predict what sort of activities you might want to do in the coming days and take an hour one evening to make sure you have activity “modules” all set up. For example, take this time when you don’t have that burst of energy to draw to set up the things you’ll want when the urge does hit you. I do this for things like art (making sure my Apple Pencil and iPad are charged and near each other) and exercise (assembling my weight bar and bench the night before so I don’t get distracted during set up when I do want to exercise).


This! I have random tote bags filled with my different hobbies so I can easily grab one. My best example is crocheting and having the various work in progresses I have going on in their individual tote bags with the hook. But my biggest advice to OP is don’t put pressure on yourself with the “should”s. “I have motivation to draw so I should draw and if I get distracted by other things I’m a failure” i find when I have that mindset, I’m always feeling guilty. It helps to relieve myself of the burden of having to do anything recreationally. Using your example again, think of it like setting your future self up for success next time you get motivation to draw.


For me I’ve noticed I have better success with focusing on a specific task if I go somewhere (like a coffee shop) and only bring those items I want to work on. Maybe going to a library for a few hours would help? And I like to get myself a “treat” to make it fun (aka a fancy coffee ☺️). The other big overarching thing is to go easier on ourselves and have lower expectations. Sometimes my goal for the day is just one single thing that I want to do. That way I don’t get stressed by not meeting too high of a goal and it helps focus because I can go back to that one single thing, without having other items hanging over my head. All easier said than done, but the gentle mindset part has been the most helpful for me so I don’t spiral.


On days when I'm super distractible I'll write what I'm trying to stay focused on ("drawing," "mow the lawn," "laundry") on a little post-it note and stick it to the back of my hand or my finger while I get what I need! It helps me a lot during period week when meds don't feel like they work as well.


I don't know your age but what you describe sounds like very normal teenage behaviour. The teenage brain is still learning things like impulse control and executive functioning. It's part of growing up and human development. You get better at this with practice and things like mindfulness, journaling, exercise, ...


I keep stuff for different hobbies all together in boxes so when inspiration hits I can just reach for that box immediately. Leaving the room or even my seat is a sure fire way to get sucked into something else. I simply don't fight it but see it as my unique way to operate. I go from thing to thing to thing to thing if I am in a restless mood, getting a bit done at every pit stop. On the surface nothing seems to be done but at the end of the day or the next day BAM I complete a bunch of these tasks I have been circling around. Honestly the more you stop trying to be "normal" and just adapt to how your brain wants to work the more energy and power you'll gain to actually do the things you love when that inspiration strikes. Good luck in your many wonderful endevours.