I’m definitely afflicted by this!
AAADD – Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. Do you recognize the symptoms below?
I decided to wash my car.
As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trashcan under the table, only to notice that the trashcan is full.
So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first. But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I might as well pay the bills first.
I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the bottle of coke that I had been drinking earlier.
I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to put the coke to the side so that I don’t accidentally knock it over. I see that the coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the fridge to keep it cold.
As I head toward the kitchen with the coke, I notice the vase of flowers on the counter – the flowers need to be watered. I set the coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk so I can find them later, but first I’m going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill the small watering can and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone had left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, we will be looking for the remote, but nobody will remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in by the sofa where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.
I splash some water on the flowers, but I spill most of the water on the floor.
So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day: the car isn’t washed, the bills aren’t paid, there is a warm bottle of coke sitting on the counter, the flowers aren’t watered, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can’t find the remote, I can’t find my glasses, and I don’t remember where I put the car keys.
When I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I’m really tired. I realize this is a problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail.
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