I haven’t been diagnosed yet, but I know I am a copay away from ADHD. I even stopped after writing the first sentence of this post to go to the kitchen. I get distracted by anything and everything.
Food is my main problem. Anything with sugar will pull me away from writing in a split second.
But I am also distracted by blog related things, like marketing and whatnot. Instead of adding content, I’m like, ‘do I need a Tumblr for my blog?’ who knows, but I’ll just sign up for it anyway.
Focusing on my real work is even more difficult. I do all kinds of mental pep talks in the morning to get me motivated and ready.
‘Ok, today you are going to get that review done and then spend an hour writing your novel! you can do it!’
‘spend just thirty minutes working on your presentation, then you can take a break. Just thirty minutes, that’s all.’
See, I even bargain with myself. It’s useless, though, I am the last person I am going to listen to.
What’s amazing about my Adult ADHD, though, is my ability to make lists. No kidding, I can make a dozen lists a day, no problem. I even spend time thinking and formulating those lists, drafting and redrafting until I have the perfect list.
Only to totally disregard them and make another list.
I wonder if they are going to give me Ritalin, do they still do that? That might actually be awesome, because then I could finish my novel in one night.
I have a very low pill tolerance. I get sleepy after taking a Tylenol.
I just imagine myself lounging around the house in an apron, popping Ritalin and drinking martinis while my kids run around tearing the house apart.
It sounds fun, really, but I guess I don’t want to end up in rehab while some other soccer mom takes my kids to practice.
kid: Why doesn’t Squishy Bug’s mom ever take us to soccer?
Judgey Soccer Mom: Because honey, Squishy Bug’s mom is at a camp for adults that have no self-control.
kid: What’s self-control?
Judgey and Angry Soccer Mom: It’s what Mommy uses when Daddy doesn’t put a garbage bag in the garbage can even though Mommy has told him every single day since they got married.
kid who will probably need therapy: oh.
I read up on adult ADHD last night and I think there is a slim case I have it probably. Which is a shame, I guess, because I think it would be really cool to finish my novel in a night. However, I probably would be a real drag the next day.
In any case, I should probably do what you should do with any type of illness, get more sleep (hahahahaha, NEXT), eat better, exercise, and organize my work into lists…….got that one down!
Now for some work. Or maybe I’ll make a list. Squirrel!