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With ADHD There’s No “One Step At A Time?”

Not everything is done one step at a time
Not everything is done one step at a time

Have you ever tried to do something that requires several steps to be completed by doing it step by step? For me, it doesn’t work.

If I can’t do two or more steps at the same time, I’ll often do other things in conjunction with the individual steps I’m performing.

Writing a blog is one of those linear things, and usually I’m doing other things in between the words I write.

“Like what?” you ask …

For instance, I’m often checking the stats on my blog, and I can tell you right now that this is blog post number 603. But more significantly, it’s my 600th. The first post on this blog was written by my publisher, Dr. John Grohol, and two guest posts were written by our friend Katy Rollins.

Besides checking post stats, I often check to see how many of you are dropping by to read my posts. In the last 30 days, more than 6000 of you have been responsible for over 9000 page-views. I’m honored … but I’m distracted. But that’s to be expected, right? It’s in the name.

But enough with the numbers …

Another thing I often do in the middle of writing blog posts is make myself a coffee.

There’s a sound reason for that it turns out. Caffeine is a stimulant as you’ve heard me say before, and stimulants help people with ADHD focus on tasks. So, as long as I get back to the keyboard, I should be able to zone right in on writing.

Meanwhile, back at the keyboard

But of course, there’s also social media to attend to. I need to make sure that my friends on Facebook are getting links to my blog, and of course I have to make sure they’re getting their fair share of cat memes.

And of course, there have been times when I have had to check Twitter for all the news, and LinkedIn for potential jobs, and instagram for photos, and pinterest for … whatever that is that’s on pinterest.

But still, I’m working on my blog post as all these other things are being done.

What about other, step at a time, jobs?

Sometimes I run into trouble, but most often it’s in doing something that is not a “never ending” job, not a job I do frequently or repeatedly. So I have no plan or strategy for dealing with distractions.

There are two things I do to keep me on track in a situation such as this. The first is to set a timer for a few minutes and carry it with me. Whenever it goes off I restart it and then check to make sure I’m on task. The other thing is to pay attention to the dialogue in my head. As soon as I hear myself saying “I’ll just quickly do this too …” I know it’s time to get back on task.

And now, this 600th post is done. And just in time, too, I need to check cat memes and … did anyone ever figure out what is on pinterest?

With ADHD There’s No “One Step At A Time?”

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2015). With ADHD There’s No “One Step At A Time?”. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 25, 2020, from


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