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?