I am very easily sidetracked, which makes it difficult to finish things.  at the end of the day, I’ll sit back and ponder what tasks I’ve accomplished, and I’m always amazed that the end result is not what it should be, compared with the time spent to do it.

I will start a project, then a certain aspect of said project will lead me in a different direction, then from there I’ll go somewhere else.  sometime later, I’ll get back to my original task and get back on track-hopefully.

for example, I was cleaning up the catch-all areas of my work room, and I came across this funny paper that someone gave me long ago.  so now here I am, getting ready to post it, instead of working in my room.

recently I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D: Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

this is how it manifests:    I decide to was my car.  as I start toward the garage, i notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.  I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can, and notice that the can is full.  so, I put the bills back on the table and take the trash out.  but then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, i may as well pay the bills first.  I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left.  my extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the can of coke that I had been drinking.  I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.  I see that the coke is getting warm, so I decide to put it in the refrigerator .  as I head toward the kitchen with the coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need to be watered.  I set the coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.  I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.  I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the tv remote.  someone left it on the kitchen table.  I realize that tonight when we go to watch tv, I will be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I figure I better put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.  I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it spills on the floor, so I set the remote back down on the table, and wipe up the spill.  then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

at the end of the day: the car isn’t washed, the bills aren’t paid, there is a warm can of coke sitting on the counter, the flowers aren’t watered, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can’t find the remote, I can’t find my glasses, and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.   then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled becuase I know I was busy all day long, and I’m really tired!