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Pencils Up, Heads Down

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Get to work!

Sometimes I have trouble getting to work.

I don’t mean finding my way, I usually work in the recliner in the living room. I know where it is.

I also don’t mean I have trouble sitting down and doing the work, though yes, I am often distracted by things both important and trivial.

I mean that once I’m sitting at my keyboard I often avail myself of the vast world laid bare before me, the huge and endless terrain known as the world wide web.

Confession time!

I’ve never mentioned this before … I don’t think, but I like trivia. I like all kinds of trivia.

I like little known facts about Australian fruit bats, and details about Italian bullet proof glass.

I like happy things like who has created a Free Little Library in my area, or better yet, in an under served area where you’d least expect such an endeavor.

Like them a lot

And now that I’m older, I’ve found that there are pages on Facebook dedicated to ancient history like what was where on main street in my town when I was a youngster.

And I’m hooked. I have a wickedly good, yet arguably selective memory. And I’m always willing to share it.


See, I’ve gotten distracted again.

I was about to tell you how people on these pages ask questions about what was where and then other people start answering them and discussing the various possibilities, including anecdotes and details that are so interesting that …


Sorry. It’s addictive stuff. Anyway, I have work to do and this is it and those pages are not it.

So, additionally, I also have other actual jobs to do that also take place online. I maintain a website that is a business unto itself and I am rather fond and proud of the site so I do my best to help the owner/publisher keep it functioning.

But it is a news site and it often has stories that also lead me astray.

So … how do I fix this?

My latest method of trying to stay on track is to check my browser tabs frequently and prioritize them in my head.

This allows me to remember what I’m doing as well as reminding me what I’m supposed to be concentrating on.

The fix is not perfect

When you get up over ten tabs sometimes checking in with them is its own new form of distraction.

I mean, obviously some of those tabs were opened from click bait links, and who doesn’t want to see fifty pictures of historic events that history forget to pick up from the photo-finishers on fifty separate pages with several different and confusing “next” buttons?

But as is always the case, I’m getting better at this latest coping mechanism.

I think it’s going to help.

Pencils Up, Heads Down

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. (2019). Pencils Up, Heads Down. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 31, 2020, from


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