Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.

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 garbage can under the table,
And notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back
On the table and take out the garbage first...

But then I think,
Since I'm going to be near the mailbox
When I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book 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 inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks,
But first I need to push the Pepsi aside
So that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm,
And I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi,
A vase of flowers on the counter
Catches my eye--they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and
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 spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,
I'll be looking for the remote,
But I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table,
So I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
But first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,
But quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table,
Get some towels 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
Pepsi sitting on the counter,
The flowers don't have enough water,
There is still only 1 check in my check book,
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 because I know I was busy all day,
And I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem,
And I'll try to get some help for it,
but first I'll check my Facebook page......

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I can definitely relate
by: Anonymous

I will start in one room and see something that needs doing in another - go in there, not to do what I went in there for - then started reading a book I had just got - then realized I hadn't cleaned out the kitty litter boxes - but decided I had better brush my teeth first and get cleaned up for the day, then I'll do a load of laundry and forget all about the kitty litter boxes.!

by: Sharyn~~~Waterloo

That is so funny! l don't know if u meant that to be funny but l smiled when l read it* and if it is
true, l sure hope u have better days ahead. Are u a male or female? Just wondering!

Wendy: Sorry Sharyn... I should have posted that this is one of those jokes passed by email. But D***, it sure sounds like ME!!

by: Frida

Well written.

Multitasking does not work.
I wonder what is a better strategy? Some things we must or should do daily like personal hygiene,cooking,exercise our body and mind,socialize and study a little....

But can all the other tasks be organized in a way that helps us concentrate?

Personally my simple rule is this one: I will concentrate only on one demanding job each day.

Do you think it is  a good strategy to plan ahead and focus on one task only  daily?

Come back and teach us all the new coping strategies you will learn if you seek help!

Great post, what great post!
by: Ricardo

.....and he said, "it all makes sense to me, who me, yes you, or wait, was that me, or you? I'm confused, no wait, you're confused, no not me, you. I just don't get it, who me, no, you.....I give up! Who you, no me, no I mean about confusion as we age,who,us,no we....oh just forget it. Forget it,I can't remember what I was supposed to I'm really confused, who me, no you! Believe me, it does not get any better as we age!

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