As the kids like to say #mindblown

I have been exploring the world of ADHD as some of the symptoms show up in my life on a day to day bases and I, perhaps wrongly, assumed that was just normal life for everyone.

That journey is for another blog.

One thing that I have finally noticed is that what I referred to as “multitasking” truly is just me getting distracted from the task at hand. I only called myself an excellent multitasker (note to self remove that line from resume) because I get a number of things done in the timeline required. Even if getting the tasks done in that timeline required a last minute push.

Now that I am aware of it I see in consistently in my day to day life. Change will be slow but I am pretty sure it will be gratifying.

The Optimistic Learner tells us:

… next time you’re studying while watching the new episode of Riverdale and responding to a comment on Facebook, you’re:

  1. Rapidly burning up the fuel (oxygenated glucose) that we need to stay focused which leads to exhaustion.
  2. In the long-term, you are inviting anxiety, aggressive and impulsive behaviors
  3. Causing the brain to cry out for more dopamine, constituting a negative neural addiction2
  4. Reducing the effective IQ by 10 points3
  5. Suffering a decrease in performance4
  6. Reducing the ability to filter out irrelevant distractions5
  7. Sending the new information to the wrong part of the brain which means easily forgetting them.6

Read more about how multitasking isn’t as effective as you think: The Myth of Multitasking and the Reality of Our Distracted Attention