ONE-TRACKED MIND

by Tina

Have you ever been so involved in a project that absolutely nothing could pull you away?  And even if something did pull you away, it was only for a short time?  Yes, even that short time of sleep!  This is what I call having a “ONE-TRACKED MIND.”  Those of us with ADD/ADHD also know it as hyperfocus.

I’ve had a project recently that left me with a one-tracked mind and little sleep.  My computer has been “sick” for a few days, and I found out how to do the repairs without having to pay someone.  So of course, I was determined to get this done while my husband continually asked, “Don’t you think we need to take it somewhere?”  There was NO WAY I was taking this computer anywhere when I had found someone on Microsoft Support who was patiently answering my questions.

Once I found this guru on Microsoft Support, I followed his responses and continued to ask questions until I understood the entire process.  It worked!  Yes, it took me away from the blog challenge and many other things for a few days, but this time my hyperfocus paid off greatly.  I was determined and didn’t let much distract me during the process.  Time would go by, and it would be VERY early in the morning before I even went to sleep.  However, I did make sure to address what was necessary for the day before beginning to work on the computer.  If I hadn’t done that, I knew things would be forgotten and/or overlooked.

Often we ADDers can get involved in something that “takes us away”…and not like Calgon!  Many times the outcome of our hyperfocus can be negative due to our neglecting things that MUST have our attention.  This is when we have to determine how to set boundaries on the time we spend on these activities once they are identified.  There isn’t an across-the-board answer to control hyperfocus because we are all different and respond differently to strategies that are put in place.  Thus, an ADD/ADHD Coach can help a client determine what strategies work best for him or her in various situations. 

Now the air conditioner in our house isn’t working.  (And I live near Memphis, TN!  IT’S HOT!)  However, my focus on this project will simply be asking my husband when someone will be coming to check the unit or if he’d rather me call the repairman.  I don’t think I’ll try a “how to” or “A/C unit repair support” search on the computer for this project!  :)

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Grant

Seems we all seem to truly believe that we can actually do absolutely anything we set our mind to… I still maintain… nothing is impossible, I can do anything… given time and resources. A blessing and a curse… because I end up doing many of the repairs or tasks I should be paying others to do, while I should be focusing on my core responsibilities. But then :) nobody does things as well as we do :(

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Nemasa Asetra

I too have a one track mind when I want to really achieve something my focus in on it 100% and I do not break away from it for example I wrote my autobiography over the course of a weekend and did not put the project down until after it was completed. It was only 36 pages at first but now it is larger and available for purchase. Thanks for the clarification I am so looking forward to the coaching services I will begin shortly. It will help with behavior modification strategies and I need them desparately.

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Tina

Hi, Nemasa.

WOW! How wonderful that you were able to write your autobiography in a weekend! I’ve heard of only a few who have done similarly due to the hyperfocus we can put to use for us in such a positive manner. I hope to read your book soon.

Thanks for the comment and for visiting my site. I look forward to our working together as well.

Take care of you.
Tina

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Kylie Ofiu

Yes, it is easy to get so focused on things that other things get forgotten or pushed aside. If they are positive things that is great, but often it’s not.

congratulations on fixing the computer.

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Tina

Hi, Kylie.

I totally agree with your comment. It’s certainly more often than not that the hyperfocus works against me. I’m learning day by day!

Thanks for reading and commenting. And thanks for the congrats!

Take care of you.
Tina

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Sandra

Hey, maybe it just needs freon. You can do that!!! ;) Love you girl. Way to go with the computer!!

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Tina

I WISH it was just the freon. We had it serviced just a month or so ago, and there was a freon leak. Wondering if it wasn’t completely repaired. Will know tomorrow!
Thanks for the kudos on the computer! I was determined. :)

Love ya!

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