The "One Thing" Challenge: Distracting Myself
Some say it's just age, but I've got to be helping things along! It's the distraction thing.
For the past several years, I've had the attention span of a flea when it comes to focusing on an important task until I complete it. No, wait! The task doesn't have to be important! It can be anything from preparing a copetitive market analysis to putting wet clothes into the dryer.
It goes sort of like this:
I have my To Do list in front of me on my computer screen, usually in the order of what I think of as important to complete:
- My neighborhood newsletter has to be at the post office by Wednesday, and I have to have the copy ready for our production guys tomorrow. So that's at the topl. I am in the middle of writing up the monthly market segment when the kitten claws my leg, and I remember the litter box.
- OK, little Millie, I'll shovel it out for you if you'll leave me alone. But I can't find the scoop so I have to go look for it.
- Then Willie the Labradoodle starts to tease Millie the kitten, so I need to go downstairs to let the dog out into the back yard.
- My cell phone buzzes in my pocket and I see it's my favorite member of the Pat's Old Boyfriends Club and I answer it. He'll be in town next week? He wants to have dinner and catch up? So I grab my iPad to check my schedule and notice an urgent email from a client. I tell FOBF that I'll call him back.
- I go to let the dog out, but the back door keys aren't on their proper hook, so I have to go look for them
- Then I remember that I need to check out the new listings for the client who sent the urgent email, and I go back upstairs without the kitty litter scoop.
Is it Adult Onset ADHD Am I just getting addled in my old age? Then I remembered the Active Rain contest, the "One Thing" challenge. The draft I started was still in one of my Firefox tabs. I should check it.
Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to have more time than usual to just sit and read, and I've just gone to Amazon and ordered a copy of The One Thing sent to my iPad. And while doing that little task, I almost erased this post that I began actually before I started working on my neighborhood newsletter - and all of the rest.
I love the old Russian saying that they quote at the beginning of the book:
\If you chase two rabbits, you won't catch either one!
Hmm. Try to chase three rabbits why don't cha!
Time to go back to my neighborhood newsletter....