It’s not hard to distract me.
And yet, I often work with five or more tabs open on my browser while I write. And a quick glance at those tabs are not enough to see a connection between them.
Two or more of them will be back end editors for different sites that I work on or for, one will be twitter, one will be the Facebook, one might be the weather, another might be a dictionary or a thesaurus or some grammar site page describing some ancient and obscure rule of the English language, and two or so might be open to articles about random things that have nothing to do with what I’m writing.
I’m scattered already …
But that’s okay. I’m used to that. I seem to be able to cope.
I can’t say that I wouldn’t work faster if I only had one page open at a time, but I can say that it would never last.
And I think I can make an argument for the pages that seem to have nothing to do with my work too.
Let’s hear it!
If I’m in a conversation, there are things that just have to be said. Said by me. Okay, yes, often they turn out to be things that didn’t have to be said … maybe even things that should not have been said.
See, I didn’t mean that the things had to be said, I meant that I had to say them.
I’ve heard ADHD described as having Tourette Syndrome, but with complete sentences instead of just words or phrases. Oddly enough, Tourette Syndrome and ADHD are related, kissing cousins so to speak, often found in each others company.
So that’s not so surprising after all, eh?
How is that connected?
Hang on, I’m getting there. Another aspect of ADHD is when we are suffering from hyper-focus. And yes, I mean suffering.
We may be needed to do all kinds of other things. We may need to take care of other stuff. But once we zone in, we can get lost and easily ignore all manner of things that we should be attending to.
Okay, that’s two …
It is. It’s two examples of being out of control because of ADHD.
And there are many others.
And when we talk about coping as a means of dealing with ADHD, we’re mostly trying to find ways of coping with this loss of control.
How do we do it?
There are lots of tricks, timers help, putting things in conspicuous places to remind ourselves is also a clever mechanism, but being aware of what can happen and what is happening is also of paramount importance.
And I am aware that, no matter how fast I write and how fast my mind flows, I cannot keep writing and thinking about the same thing constantly without taking breaks.
And it’s very important …
… to take those breaks before I’m beyond control, or I’ll never make it back to the work at hand in a timely fashion.
So if you don’t want me to be scattered permanently, you have to let me be scattered intermittently and in my own way.
In other words, to keep me from being too scattered, you have to scatter me … somewhat.