2 thoughts on “Stopping Hyperfocus Before It Starts

  • September 25, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I’ve been non stop hyperfocusing on your blog posts all day today for the last 4/5 hours…!

    Seems like I have absolutely no impulse control at-all anymore! I’ll get interested in something and that’ll be it I’ll be doing that thing for hours on end until I eventually get myself out of it either because it’s gotten too late and I NEED to sleep or I’ve literally gotten so side-tracked from what it was I initially wanted to do that I’ve ended up researching or doing several things I never planned for simply cause my attention was swayed towards those things more than what I need to do or had originally planned.

    Best metaphor I can think for it; It’s like the equivalent of a small child chasing after shiny objects. Once they get there and see what the object is, they immediately lose interest and start chasing the next thing.

    The shiny objects being anything that can catch my attention, engage me or that I find interesting and the small child is my brain making the decisions.


    • September 26, 2019 at 12:58 am

      Well, saying that my blog posts activated hyperfocus is probably one of the highest compliments an ADHD blogger can get, so thanks for that! I’ll try to come up with some links to the most boring posts I’ve ever written, and hopefully that’ll help you get back to something more productive. 😉

      In seriousness, I do know what you mean. My strategy for coping with “shiny-object syndrome” is to try to make the task I’m actually supposed to be doing as shiny as possible. Turn on some good music, find an interesting place to work (if applicable), etc. For me, this helps to some extent but of course not all the time.


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