Monday, February 1, 2010

Easily Distracted. And Overwhelmed. What ADD?

I can't seem to get it together these days. "It" being my ACT, of course. I just feel like I'm not on top of my game anymore. I need a serious routine adjustment because what used to work for me, no longer works.
I'm so easily distracted. I do something simple before laying down for a nap, like hop on the computer to look up our dinner recipe to see what I need to pull out of the freezer. Then it starts: OOH! New emails. (respond to this one, save that one for later) ...why am I on the computer again? That's right...the recipe. Darn, I don't have any XYZ. Looks like I need to go to the store when Ryan gets home from school. But if I'm going, I may as well buy what's on sale there. I'll look up the best deals on Good Deal Gal. Oh good, coupon links. (print) And what's this new deal? (click attachment) While the coupons print, I'll check my Bloglines. (which recently has a minimum of 100 new posts with 150 saved posts waiting to be read...someday...) Why aren't the coupons printing? (fiddle with printer icon, fiddle with printer, finally reboot) While the computer reboots, I'll run to the bathroom. Why are these toys in here? I'll bring them back to Kaylin's room. Oh yeah, Kaylin had an accident last night. (strip sheets) I may as well start a quick load of laundry. (gather laundry from everyone's room, head downstairs) I should fold this laundry in the dryer so it doesn't wrinkle. But I'm out of hangers. (run upstairs to grab hangers) Oh yeah...I was printing coupons and the computer is rebooted. (sit back down at the computer) OOH! New email from long lost friend. (reply) Wait...why was I on the computer again?
Before having Jason, I often complained of being bored. Now I lack the spare time FOCUS to put together a simple grocery list! Or, rather, I choose to do more unproductive things ( with my time.
I had a quick cold last week, which didn't help my feeling of being overwhelmed-and-behind-in-all-areas-of-life. I loath being sick. Talk about inefficient! I don't have time to lie around and regain my strength and my overall health. Believe me, I love nothing better than crawling into my comfy bed, but I want it to be on my terms. In my time. Not because I don't have the energy to keep my stuffy head upright anymore.
My mom offered to come over on Wednesday morning so I could play catch-up. As soon as she arrived, I went back to bed for two hours. Stupid cold! When I got up, I raced around doing some hanging-over-my-head type of tasks. Like packing up Jason's 0-3 month clothes, pulling out and organizing his 3-6 month clothes, writing my grocery lists and pulling the matching coupons, finding receipts for a few returns, and making a list of errands to run the next day while Kaylin was at school. As soon as that was done, a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders.
Lately, I've been so overwhelmed by dumb stuff that instead of putting it on a list to cross off and accomplish, I shut down and waste time putzing around the house or dinking around on the computer.
My solution? A timer. I often rave about the efficiency of setting the oven timer and racing against the clock to do chores, but I'm now using the same strategy with the computer. I put an egg timer by my computer and have decided to get up, no matter what I'm doing, when it goes off. Whether I sit down for 15 minutes or 60, I know that I'll be more prone to do what's most important first (update Quicken, meal plan, write down an address) instead of getting distracted.
Speaking of, my time's almost up. Gotta go put away laundry...and feed the baby...and restock the diaper basket downstairs...and...well, you get the idea.
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Cindy Anderson said...

Sometimes it's behavioral, sometimes it's chemical, sometimes one problem feeds off of another. Sounds like you've got some good strategies to help you focus.

Meanwhile, not to distract you from the current plan ;-], are there any natural supplements you could take for your ADD that wouldn't interfere with breast feeding? I recall years ago when you were on pharma and natural meds and it really, really helped.

Hang in there, kiddo!!

Tina said...

Reminds me of this:


Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, "I'm tired, and it's getting late. I think I'll go to bed."

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches.

Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning.

She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button

She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer.

She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry.

She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair.

She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store. She put both near her purse.

Mom then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her night solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails.

Dad called out, "I thought you were going to bed." "I'm on my way," she said.

She put some water into the dog's dish and put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked and the patio light was on.

She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and
TV's, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework.

In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her 6 most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals.

About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular. "I'm going to bed." And he did...without another thought.

Anything extraordinary here? Wonder why womenlive longer...? CAUSE WE ARE MADE FOR THE LONG HAUL..... (and we can't die sooner, we still have things to do!!!!)

Rachael Schepemaker said...

Seriously sister, I am right there with you. I have too many hobbies, too many wants, too many desires that try to creep in a take the driver's seat. I feel like I deserve that time, but really it just hurts me and my family in the long run. I love the idea about setting the timer for the computer. I think I need that!

Nikki said...

Hang in there Katie, I think the timer is a great idea.

DutchMac said...

You have just described my life every day. No exceptions. And I don't even have ADD to blame! :-)


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