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Avoidance -- what tricks does your own mind play on you?

By Andrew Pollack on 08/07/2004 at 12:01 PM EDT

I'm sitting here fighting with myself to do some work. The work is important. I'm being paid for the work. Deadlines are approaching. Not doing the work is in at least a small way self destructive. It is exactly at this moment that I come up with a hundred other ideas, a thousand distracting tasks, and symptoms of fatigue and distraction.

Why is this?

Is it just those of us with A.D.D. that do this more than everyone else? Does it take the rest of you an act of almost physical will to sit down and do something that you know has to be done?

Grr... I'm back to work now.

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If only ADD people have that trait...By Duffbert on 08/08/2004 at 10:30 AM EDT
... then there's a larger percentage of ADD'ers in the population than I
expected. :-)
By jonvon on 08/08/2004 at 06:24 PM EDT
my mind is always wanting to jump around to a hundred different things. it
wants to be entertained!

i always chocked it up to being creative. somehow it seems to me there is a
link between curiousity that never seems to rest and having a creative mind.
maybe i'm full of it though.

i usually use music to help focus. it seems to settle down the extra neurons
that want so desperately for me to give them something to pay attention to.
HehBy Ben Poole on 08/09/2004 at 05:38 PM EDT
Oh yes, this is a biggie for me too. And things have just gotten a whole lot
worse on the work avoidance front!

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