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This Post is About My Short Attention Sp… SQUIRREL!!!

The following is a blog I wrote last week. In honor of Labor Day, it seemed like a great subject matter: the art of NOT working. Actually, I’ve just been putting off editing it, and every time I do I get distracted. Ironic and also true.

I consider myself a hard worker (and my iCal will back me up on this) but every once in a while it feels wonderful to do nothing. In the words of Ellen Degeneres, “That is why procrastination feels so right.” We overload our schedules and expect everything to happen in real-time; subsequently, many of us have trouble focusing on the task at hand, or we simply put it off and get distracted.

I recently caught myself in the middle of an ADD-episode:

In the last 10 minutes I have returned a couple e-mails, composed a couple e-mails, checked Facebook, texted an old friend, organized my contacts, set up a dentist appointment and started this blog. Sounds like a typical workday… but I did all of these things essentially at once.

Hold on, if I’m going to tell this story I need another cup of coffee…

Let me tell you how this blog came to pass: I was typing an e-mail when a text came through. I stopped typing mid-sentence, switched “keyboards” and responded. Then I came back to the e-mail. I needed to embed a link to Facebook, so naturally I went to Facebook to copy the link. I had three notifications! (Is it just me, or is there some kind of subconscious excitement about seeing the little red notice symbol.)

Just a sec, another e-mail just came through…

As I was saying, after perusing through my Facebook homepage, I returned to the e-mail. I proofread all e-mails before I send them (because first drafts are about as legible as a blind doctor writing in hieroglyphics), but before I had a chance to send this one, another couple came through. (I don’t want to make myself appear popular, I’m just part of a couple of e-mail lists that CC everything – everyone knows these people; they must be stopped!)

After reading these interrupting e-mails, another text came through. Obviously I had to stop what I was doing to respond to that. But you know what I hadn’t done in a while? Deleted my text conversations. They have been piling up… time to delete a few. What’s the point of saving them anyway? I consciously make the decision to keep some, knowing full well I will never read them again. Anyway…

Sorry, there has been some sort of bug flying around my desk this whole time; I need to take care of this…

Where was I? Ah yes, after deleting my text history, I went to select the contacts I was going to e-mail blast… but oh, you should have seen the contact list. Totally unorganized.

It was at this point, I said to myself “Man, I’m ADDing today. I should write an article on that…” So I jotted down a few ideas.

Then I realized, “Crap! I was supposed to make a dentist appointment!” Quick call to them.

Back to this article, I realized I had left in the middle of a paragraph. I also realized as I stared at my computer screen that I have three incomplete blogs waiting on me. That means I started and got distracted three separate times, and ended up writing this fourth one.

Oh hold on, another e-mail…

Like I was saying, I needed to organize those contacts. I’ll get to it after this.

Timeout to look up statistics for the following part of the blog…

According to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, around 5% of the US adult population has ADD. Statistics also show that rates of ADHD diagnosis increased an average of 5.5% per year from 2003 to 2007.

Does that mean more people have it? Have we gotten better at diagnosing it? Or are we so inundated with information, and faster-moving communication, and modes of doing it all that more people feel as though they have it.

What I have described is probably not atypical: work on something; get distracted; get back to work on it; get distracted again…

Hold on, my friend texted me back again…

Feel free to comment on this subject. What do you think? Have we essentially developed ADD through faster moving processes and technology?

So the point is to slow down and take time for yourself. How awesome are lazy days?! Some of my favorite days are lounging around, watching a TV marathon, being totally unhealthy and not worrying! Allow yourself to procrastinate once in a while. It’s nature’s way of telling us we need to slow down. Call it ADD or ADHD or procrastination or whatever, but I don’t think it is always a horrible thing (it does, however, tend to hit at very inconvenient times). As I said, I would like to hear any opinions on this, but in all honesty, I may not get through any of the comments because I’m so easily distr




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