I've made my own list of things for students (who act like my son) to get started in my class:
1. Get out your agenda
2. Write down the homework
3 Get out your opening activity (DO NOW, Sponge activity)
4. Answer the opening activity
5. Get out your homework
This list works well for my RSP, ELL, and easily distracted students. I have laminated these instructions on a flashcard. I tell students they are to be out on their desk every time they come to my class. Usually the students have these memorized after several weeks and give me back the cards. They are able to keep up with class and don't get behind in the first ten minutes of class.
Stowell Learning Center has a similar tip that may work for your child:
Have you ever told your son or daughter to start doing their homework, only to find them 30 minutes later just wasting time, doing other things, or staring at the pile of homework but not doing it?
This week's tip is all about getting started.
It used to baffle me why kids wouldn't sit down and just get their work done. Now, I understand...what's obvious to me is not obvious to them!
This is one of those tips that apply whether your child struggles in school or not.
If your bright child struggles in school, this won't make the actual work easier, but it will get them organized and moving forward.