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Falling Behind Is Easy With ADHD

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At an alarmingly fast rate

I know I move fast. I know that I leave lots of people behind. I’m a real go getter, I guess.

But I fall behind easily. Another one of those ADHD paradoxes. Or at least another dichotomy.

This very post is yesterday morning’s offering, and here I sit a day and a half later writing it as fast as I can.

It isn’t because I had nothing to write about, it’s because things kept getting in my way. And since I have ADHD, something that is suddenly in my way is like a squirrel crossing my path, I gotta follow it.

In truth, I knew this post would be late because I had a medical appointment yesterday morning, and it was in a town that was two and a half hours away. But I thought I’d get it done by lunch time.


Well, I got another post done by then, but I wasn’t feeling like a million bucks at the time, so I thought I’d put this one off until I got home again.

Then we went for lunch. And then we took advantage of the things available to us in a different city from our own, that is to say that we did a bit of shopping.

Okay, and then?

By the time we had driven home again it was supper time. So we did that. I was still okay, still planning on writing this post then. Well, not this one, ’cause this one is about not writing another one, but that will be tomorrow’s post.

But then …

By the time supper was over, the news I’d gotten at my appointment in the morning had finally sunk in as deep as it could go. (It’s not bad news, it’s just … well, it’s personal, but it really is news.)

So with that weighing on my mind (again, not bad news, not weighing heavily) I decided to just ponder things for the balance of the evening and write my post the next day, today.)

And so

I got up this morning intending to write two posts, just like I do on Monday morning. I wrote the daily one first, and then …

I had a business appointment to attend, and I discovered one of my meds was almost finished. So I left early, swung by the pharmacy and requested a refill. The appointment took longer than I thought it would, it was just an hour before  lunch when I got home.

Perfect. I had just enough time to write. Then the local news website I maintain had an issue. Stories wouldn’t show up online and that isn’t how that’s supposed to work.

Well, that’s fair

So I put in the hour and a bit more time besides in fixing that.

Then? Lunch. And then, back to work, sort of. I make supper, and I needed groceries for that. “No problem.” I thought, “I’ll pop out, get stuff, put supper together and slip it into the oven.

I’ll write while it cooks.

Write, right? Wrong!

While out I got a message that a staff member on the local website wasn’t well. Could I pick up the slack. Of course I could.

So now …

I’m writing about how easy it is for someone with ADHD to fall behind, and I realize I’ve left out all the really ADHD bits the minutia I did with all this other stuff.

Every few minutes the laundry would get moved ahead a little bit, a load go on, a load moved to the dryer, the boots in the front hall put into the closet, my sweater found and put on, another cup of coffee made, my guitar put away, the breakfast dishes moved into a stack, moved to the counter, put into the dishwasher in between laundry and lunch and dinner and news posts, appointments, groceries, …

I’m just finishing up this post for yesterday and it’s almost seven at night.

And in less then 12 hours I’ll have to start another one. Good thing I know what it’s about.

Falling Behind Is Easy With ADHD

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.

email me at ADHD Man

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Babcock, K. (2018). Falling Behind Is Easy With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 9, 2020, from


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