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Have You Tried Turning It Off And Then On Again?

dead computer
The lights are on …

So, this is yesterday’s post, but this is not yesterday.

I write three posts a week, sometimes I write my first post on Monday, and sometimes I write it on Tuesday.

But my Wednesday post is always written on Wednesday. Well, almost always.

But yesterday wasn’t a normal Wednesday, it was, as far as working was concerned, the Wednesday from hell!

For personal reasons I started late, family responsibilities took precedent. But I was okay with that, more than okay. My family is my strength and I am never going to put anything ahead of it.

Moving on …

My plan was to do a full day of work in an afternoon.

My plan was not flawed.

But my afternoon soon was.

First …

I left my computer asleep while I was doing other things. And I also left it logged in to several websites. I’m like that.

I also left it connected to a wifi network that wasn’t available when I woke it up.

Now I’ve done all these things before, and my system has always recovered nicely.

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed …

… so far away? Not even sort of. First,our internet was down. I played with it for half an hour and couldn’t get it to comply with my needs, so I opened up my data menu on my phone and set it up as a wifi hotspot.

Next, my computer was choking on trying to reestablish links to websites through a new network. Then it decided it needed to restart completely.

It got itself shut down to the point that it was ready to re-initiate, but then it froze.


No problem, right? Just turn it off and back on again. I’ve worked in IT long enough to know this.

… Newer systems have an interesting on/off switch. It’s more of a contact thing than an actual make and break through which the juice flows. It’s an indicator of intentions and desires rather than an actual control of power.

And my system was ignoring my intentions and desires. Even the battery is inaccessible on my main system, so removing it wasn’t possible either.

No problem!

There is a reason I have a back up system, and this is it. I obviously had to leave my main system to run down it’s battery. So I grabbed my back up system and got to work.

Like me when things aren’t working the way I’d hoped, my backup system runs rather slow in comparison to my main system.

But I was ready to deal with that, I started going through my to do list and prioritizing things.

And then it happened …

My back up system died. I checked, and sure enough, the power supply was not charging the system at all.

What was I going to do?

I am no ordinary man, I should remind you. I am a super hero. I am the Man Of DistrAction! And I do not fail without a fight.

I grabbed my phone

I picked up my smart phone and shut down the hotspot. Then I opened my phone’s browser and logged on to work.

Writing on my phone is difficult. So once again, I went over my to do list and re-prioritized things.

I managed to finish the post I was working on and I took care of the most pressing things in my other jobs.

And this post?

This post was left to today.

Today both my main system and my backup started working again, though my main system didn’t last the entire post.

Now the thing is …

When life keeps throwing curves at me, it’s almost like I don’t have ADHD.

I don’t have time to get distracted. Frustrated, yes. But not distracted.

The failures keep taking me away from my tasks just like the distractions would.

ADHD is just like having rotating systems failures. I swear it is.

Have You Tried Turning It Off And Then On Again?

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). Have You Tried Turning It Off And Then On Again?. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 15, 2019, from


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