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A Long Hard ADHD Week

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I’ll tell you this much for free, I don’t mind hard work. In fact, I enjoy the sense of accomplishment.

But I do hate doing more than I should have had to do because of my ADHD. And this week has been bad for that.

“What’s that about?” you ask? Well, let me just tell you.

When I’m working unsupervised, which is most of the time, several things that can be directly attributed to ADHD symptoms can make extra work for me.

And the most obvious one is distraction. When I should be doing something, and I’m distracted by something else that looks like it could just be done in a quick minute, that often gets my attention.

No problem there, right? But there is a problem. Once distracted, it’s easy to be distracted again, and yet again and again.

I call that “Down the rabbit hole.”

… but it ain’t wonderland. And here’s another area where distraction plagues me. A lot of my work is now online. I write, I post, I publish, I do some simple graphics work, I engage in promotions on social media.

But do you have any idea how many rabbit holes there are online? I suppose if you’re reading this because you have ADHD then you’re online and you’re well aware of the number of distractions available to you. I’m probably preaching to the choir.

Another aspect of ADHD that leads me to doing more than I should have to is poor time management skills. I don’t always leave enough time to do the things that need doing which means I sometimes have to take time away from relaxing (ha ha) or sleeping (more likely) to get everything done that I’m responsible for.

An additional problem that results from poor time management is my utterly complete inability to determine in advance just how much time a certain task will require.

If I estimate it will take longer, I’ll often subconsciously procrastinate, taking care of other things I falsely elevate the importance of to avoid the primary task.

If I under estimate the time required then I will again be starting later than I should, having naturally left it until what I thought was the last possible minute.

And lastly, there are often times when my ADHD mind will make a task or job much more complicated than it needs to be. For example, doing something manually when there is, if you read the directions, an automatic way to do it.

Additionally, after a week of doing more than I should have done, I’m exhausted. And in true ADHD fashion, that exacerbates my symptoms making it more likely as the week wore on for me to fall victim to all these issues.

Mind you, I’m not complaining, not really … but that’s mostly because I don’t have the time to.

A Long Hard ADHD Week


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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Babcock, K. (2015). A Long Hard ADHD Week. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 17, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2015/08/a-long-hard-adhd-week/

 

Last updated: 13 Aug 2015
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