Girls Write Out
Monday, April 23, 2007
I never used to wonder if I was ADD. I've always been quite organized and almost compulsive about having the house in order. Focus was never a problem for me.

So why is it I can hardly step away from my computer to reheat a cup of coffee without getting distracted by cleaning yesterday's spill from the bottom of the microwave? Why is it I can't step away from my writing to put in a load of laundry without getting pulled into something else? The field trip form I haven't filled out, the baseball scheduled I haven't transferred onto our calendar, the mail still needing stamps and address labels?

I leave my writing to do one simple task and before I know it, forty-five minutes and six chores later, I realize I was supposed to be writing. I did not used to be like this. Is it age? Is it a writer's hazard? Is it just a hazard of working from home where we actually have TWO jobs and can see they both need attention? I'm not sure what the answer is, all I know is I get a lot of housework done during my writing hours. :-/
Denise Hunter  
posted at 10:04 AM  
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At 12:00 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I read a book recently about the differences between men and women and the author described women as computers with lots of pop-up windows. Apparently we know we have a gazillion things that we need to do and instead of focusing on one we tend to all of them....does that help?

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

You're not ADD. I'm ADD and what I do, is decide I'm going to mail something, leave the mail on the counter, then forget the coffee cup in the family room, and leave my shoes in the living room. ADDers don't make the room a better place as they travel, that's the difference. And I'm a neat freak, so it takes hard work to keep me central. I use that system where i just clean one place and don't move until I'm done with that counter, so I have boxes to go to the right place.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger allen said...

Not sure it's a guy/girl thing. While writing, I find myself doing some of the same things Denise described as well as researching on line for the Art History test I'm about to give, posting the latest about our film project, and realizing that I somehow jumped from editing my book to wrtiting a song for my musical...I never used to be thaat way either...

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Suzanne,pop up windows is a perfect description! It just doesn't sound like a very efficient way to handle life. LOL

K, you're right. I do leave the room a better place, I just get off track from what I'm supposed to be doing.

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

You're not alone!

I'm supposed to be grading papers right now, but in the last 15 minutes I've answered the phone, checked my blog, checked your blog, wiped the kitchen counters, and made myself some coffee. I left the paper grading to answer the phone and look what happened in the intervening time!

Personally, I think it has to do with a hectic, too-much-to-do life. I'm going to go back to paper grading (until the next interruption). No wonder I have an overwhelming stack of ungraded papers looking at me!

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are not ADD! If you are then I am the same way. I try to not move from a place if I know I am not finished with a task because I know I will get distracted and that tends to work....sometimes..haha!

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

We're supposed to leave the room a better place? ;)


At 5:36 AM, Blogger mazzucasinswaziland said...

Maybe you could try what we often try with kids...little rewards! If you work for a certain block of time without getting distracted, you get a piece of chocolate or some wonderful Starbucks. Starbucks is enough motivation to get me to do about ANYTHING!

At 7:11 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Di can't write at home for that very reason. I just block out what else needs done. LOL I figure it wouldn't get done if I were working at a job so it's not going to get done until I'm done writing.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

My pastor's wife, who is also a good friend, calls this the grasshopper syndrome because we hop from one activity to the next. Hormones can affect your memory too. :-)


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