ADD, Squirrels, and Focus


I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), which usually is fine for me. I like the way my mind can make leaps and jumps from one branch of thoughts to another, rather like a squirrel. And speaking of squirrels, this ADD person sits in a window cube. Outside the window are 3 large pine trees – home to now 4 squirrels, 2 hummingbirds, and some really big and mean crows (they steal the squirrels’ food).

So I ask you, how can I focus with the squirrel playfulness and hummingbird wonder and crow drama unfolding outside my window?

Here’s how:

  1. Don’t: When I need to focus on creating something like an idea or concept, this is perfect distraction to let my mind fly and be free.
  2. Change location: I often sit in other cubes when I really need to focus on churning out a deliverable.
  3. Timers: I’ll set a timer for 45 minutes, close all social media and email, and blast my headphones. I promise myself I will go outside at the end of the 45 minutes. Works amazingly well.

Do you have any ideas? Share them in the comments!


About Tricia Ransom

Patricia Ransom: wife, daughter, friend. Learning, laughing, living. Chicago, Illinois, downstate. Townie, urbanite, traveller. Note: The opinions expressed on this blog belong solely to me and should not be assumed to reflect the opinions of any of my employers past, current, or future.
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