« The Top of My Piano Gives Me Hope | Main | The ADD Engineer »

December 14, 2008

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Corinne McKay

I recently went to a translation conference and learned all kinds of neat things about people's timekeeping strategies (I don't know whether any of these people have ADD or not, but it was interesting!). One that I liked, for those of us who work at the computer all the time, was one woman's idea of setting a timer for 50 minutes of really focused work time, then doing a 10 minute activity away from the computer (making beds, returning a phone call, washing a few dishes, etc.) when the timer goes off. Although I have a treadmill desk I get sick of staring at my screens all day, and this (or your buddhist clock idea!) seemed like a nice way to break up the day!

Rosemary Carstens

Since I know I need to rest my eyes at intervals when working for hours on the computer, I've tried all sorts of different things to make me do it. Some work for awhile and then, next thing I know, I have strained away the day. I sometimes use the timer idea--I can get a lot done in a two hour period of deep focus, so when I just have to make some headway on a project and my mind feels scattered and like going out to play, I set 2-hour intervals when I turn off the Internet, email, and the telephone, and bear down on the document I'm working on. At the end of that period, I get up, do a couple of minor little chores or just walk around, then come back and do it again. I can get in six hours of really strong work in a day by doing this and I feel so much better than if I'd skittered all day long from one distraction to another -- Rosemary

Claire Walter

I never thought about timing anything. When I am deadline-pressed, I am glued to my desk chair and crank out my work. When I'm not, I spend a more leisurely day. I have my favorite time-wasters (chowhound.com, Spider Solitaire and, once upon a time, Scrabulous). Maybe I should build an on/off schedule into each workday.

attention to life

Hmmmm...I really like the idea of reminding myself to stop being so intense and look up to pay attention to something else in the world. Funny, though, sometimes it seems there are nothing but interruptions and sometimes we need them.

All good wishes!!

Melanie Mulhall

Kathleen,

What an interesting tool! I'm all in favor of pauses to get centered and return to the present moment (if I've been off somewhere, mucking in the past or the future).

I find my need for those breaks differs, depending on what I am doing. If I am editing a book, I absolutely need to take a break about every hour if I am to do the best job for my client. It need not be a long one, just a pause and turn from the computer to other things, (perhaps a sprint upstairs to put a load of wash in the dryer or a break to make some tea). I'm scrupulous about keeping track of my billable time and sign out/in when I break for a short time. It's worth the effort.

When I am working on a piece of writing for myself, time sometimes dissolves and I work until there is a natural pause. But that natural pause is seldom hours downstream. Going with the flow, for me, seems to include pulling my raft up to the shore for a look around with some regularity.

If I'm doing something like gardening, housework, or cooking, then I seem to be very present with the activity and let my body tell me when to break.

Thanks for the reminder to stay present and look after ourselves.

Melanie

Laurel Kallenbach

When I need to really focus without allowing myself to be distracted by other extraneous chores, I bring our Zen clock from the bedroom to my office. These little bells sound like a good way to avoid having to carry the clock from spot to spot. Thanks!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

My Photo

Subscribe

  • Want to visit this blog again but think you might forget to? Subscribe below to get         e-mails when new posts appear.

    Enter your e-mail address:

Write Me

  • I'd love to hear from you! Click here to send me an     e-mail.

"Like" This Blog on Facebook

My Latest Tweet

    follow me on Twitter

    Why Call It ADD?

    • The name is so wrong. ADD stands for attention deficit disorder, and ADHD adds an H for hyperactivity. I use the former, since I don't have the H thing.

      But a deficit of attention? I think most of us with ADD would agree we have more like a surplus of attention. And a disorder? That leaves out our strengths.

      Still, I use ADD because it's a widely understood term for a useful concept. When you comment on this site, feel free to use whatever term you're comfortable with.

    Sharing

    • If you have ADD, you’ve probably heard plenty of criticism over the years—including from yourself. Enough of that! Here are my requests to those who comment:

      Don't criticize others, give advice, or speculate on others’ motives.

      Do share your own experience, strength, and hope!

    New to ADD?

    You Can Meditate!

    • Links to Online Guided Meditations
      Research suggests that meditation might help address the symptoms of ADD (and a lot of other conditions). But if you have ADD, you might find it hard to meditate. I compiled this list of online guided meditations. See if they help!

    Reads

    Blog powered by Typepad