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Feels Like ADD

Do you ever feel like you have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)? You have so much on your plate at once and you can’t seem to focus. The to-do list is a mile long and you’re trying to finish it, but in turn end up accomplishing nothing because you’re all over the place. I have these moments and they seem to be happening more often with age. Well maybe “age” isn’t the right word, it’s more since parenthood. Become a parent and you instantly develop ADD. I’m constantly starting something, such as cleaning the kitchen, then the next thing I know I’m in the bathroom cleaning the sink and I never finished the kitchen. How did I get here? I then trace back my steps and realize that I ended up in the bathroom because I was looking for the all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen. These scenarios happen countless times a day. Why can’t I stay focused on the task at hand and finish it?

As a matter of fact, now as I write this post it has happened twice. I hit “save” and then went and checked my email, which I then saw an ad for LOFT, so then I perused their clearance section online, then remembered I was writing a post. Why did I stop and go to something else? It’s like a dog walking to a tree in a park and then a squirrel goes by and BOLT….off goes the dog. The dog forgot all about peeing on the tree.

I find that as the list of to-dos gets longer and longer the more the ADD sets in. The stress of juggling work, home, and family is tough. I find it easier when I physically write down lists instead of just going off the constantly running list that’s always in my head. But, still even with this strategy it happens. Is there a cure out there for parental ADD? Wine maybe?

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