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Breaking The Speed Barrier

Starter's pistol
The race is on …

We all know that the faster we go the less we get done.

But I’ve never really thought about why that happens before.

I know that part of it is that when we go fast we make mistakes, that’s a commonality of humanity. speed and perfection can only be attained through repetitious practice of the thing we wish to be fast at.

And repetition causes boredom. And boredom is anathema to people with ADHD. It is poison, lethal at any dose.

Strong words

Strong, but fitting. I’m to the point in my life where I can combat boredom in my mind. I attained that super power when I was three, being able to drift off into an imaginary world where anything is possible.

I can also manage to make boring things more interesting by making them more challenging, even if I have to make up the challenges.

So back to speed and time …

Ah yes, we were talking about how going faster meant getting less done. And I think it’s less a reality and more a perception.

When I’m moving at high speed through my day, I often find myself doing extra things that I hadn’t planned on doing.

And those extra things are often of too little consequence to make note of or remember.

Things like?

Just because I spent twenty minutes through the day picking up laundry for the hamper and dishes, glasses and cutlery for the dishwasher and books, pens, paper and the like that needed to be put away, doesn’t mean that I did that all in twenty minutes. It’s more likely that I did it in twenty second bursts interspersed throughout my day.

It also doesn’t mean that the things I picked up all got to where they were supposed to go, nor does it mean that I went back directly to what it was I was supposed to be doing when I digressed.

So speed thrills, but …

It also kills. It kills time and wrecks lists and wastes days.

But there’s nothing we can do about that.


That’s right, we can’t slow down. We can’t slow down because we are not capable of operating at slower speeds.

And additionally, if we could slow down, we’d do the same things we do now.

Speed isn’t what kills our focus. Speed isn’t what distracts us.

Speed is what saves us.

If we didn’t go as fast as we do, if our minds didn’t race, if we weren’t doing three things at once with four more things in our sights, we’d get even less done than we get done now.

If you want my advice

I can give it to you in just six words …

On your mark, get set, GO!

Breaking The Speed Barrier

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). Breaking The Speed Barrier. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 26, 2019, from


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