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Time To Coast

work to do
Holes to fill and finish yet

Remember riding bikes? Remember going like mad and the wind in your hair? Remember dodging all the things and doing all the jumps and then finding that one hill and going down so fast and the wind in your hair and the feeling of freedom and the rush?

Coasting is like suddenly being free. And it doesn’t just happen on bikes.

I get busy doing something and think, “I’ll do this much and then I’ll go on to some other project that I know I need to get finished.”

But …

Then it comes time to put away my tools and start on that next thing and I can’t. I feel like putting away my tools is counter productive. And that not carrying on when I’m on a roll is also a waste of momentum.

Momentum! That’s coasting.

And coasting is productive!

Well, things that I’m coasting through get done.

But that’s one of our problems, things get done but other things get missed because we are perseverating.

Some like to call it hyper-focusing, but focus is a controlled activity, perseverating is when we cannot stop paying attention to something that is keeping us from other things.

So, coasting is bad?

Good and bad are judgements made of individual situations.

If I am coasting on something that is valid and valuable, and the things I’ve pushed aside are things I can still get done in time than I’m doing good.

If I, or others will suffer from what’s left undone too long than that’s going to end badly.

And right now?

Well, as we’ve been discussing lately, right now everything has been turned on its ear and is a jumbled and confusing mess.

But generally speaking, if you’re at home, isolating and socially distancing, things that get done are good.

I was in the middle of renovating my home when this all hit.


The contractor has been sent home. He was my old boss. We were working together on this project. Now I’m on my own.

And examples of me coasting? Last night at seven I was still pulling wire for lights I had started wiring in at the beginning of the afternoon, and hadn’t started supper. Or was that the night before.

Whichever day it was, (they’re blurring together now), I was pulling three wire between three way switches for the electrician to wire in, and I didn’t stop there, I started pulling feeds to the source circuit and then lines to the light locations.


It’s easier to identify the things that get skipped and added to the “still to be done” list than remember the things I did ahead of schedule.

But the great thing is, no one is coming to visit, no one is going to see this, nothing needs to be finished any time soon.

Except that i need to get some walls mudded and sanded and primed before the counter tops go in.

Maybe I should make some time to coast through that, eh? Or perseverate on maybe?

Time To Coast

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. (2020). Time To Coast. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 29, 2020, from


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