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Time Tetris

time tetris game board
With just the right rotation and movement, I’m sure it will fit!!!

How old are you? If you’re too old, you might not know this, but if you’re too young you also might not get what I’m talking about.

There’s a game called Tetris, it started out as an arcade game, it had no equal, nor did it symbolize anything in real life unless maybe loading boxes of various shapes and sizes into a rectangular space such as the back of a truck.

It had no relative connection to real life …. or so I thought.

And then …

Then along came my ADHD diagnosis, and with it an awareness of myself that I needed to cultivate in order to do better than just cope with my brain and my life.

And one of the things I needed to be aware of is that the priorities of what I’m doing and what needs to be done are constantly changing, constantly upgrading and modifying themselves.

And what makes that happen? New things come along before old things are done, and I have to decide if they can be slotted in at a later time or if they should be done right now.

But …

The problem is, I have no idea what the future available time slots could possibly look like, what shapes they might be.

Hell, I’m not even sure what shape the things I have to do are, time wise.

In the traditional game

Tetris blocks are two dimensional. You can see the blocks you’ve put together and you can see the block you have to fit in. You even get to see the next block or maybe even two or three of them depending on the version of Tetris that you’re playing.

And you can rotate them and move them left and right.

Try that with time!

Well, actually, I sort of do try that with time all the … er, time.

I will fit this or that into bits of time that I have between other things I need to do.

But since I have ADHD and since that means I really am time challenged, I often rush to finish something I have lots of time to accomplish and then dawdle at doing something I think will only take a moment or two but in actuality requires way more time than I have available.

I do neither …

I can neither see time accurately, nor can I judge the time requirements of a task with much success.

So I do what I’ve always done, I throw myself into the current task and hope for the best.

And when something else comes along I either do it right away or I set it aside based on my poor flawed judgement of whether I can get it done or not.

And in the end

When it all gets to be too much and not another piece can fall … I start a new game.

If you have ADHD and a full enough schedule, take a step back the next time you’re feeling stressed about how hard it is to make it all fit, and see if I’m not right.

Time Tetris, coming soon to an ADHD life near you.


Time Tetris

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 on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of 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 am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with 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. (2018). Time Tetris. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from


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