The term obstacle creation could be used to describe a lot of ADHD malfunctions, honestly, but there’s one particular type of obstacle creation that I use to actually make myself MORE productive, and to trigger my memory. Let me illustrate…yesterday I was having a tea party at my house. That meant I had to clean the house. Well I’d been pecking away at it all week, so it wasn’t too bad, really. I mean…aside from my “squirrel pile”, occupying an entire corner of the livingroom.
The Squirrel Pile is my little staging area where I put my stuff. Purse, coat, keys, other things I need (I have a lot of things I need to bring with me throughout the week). Well I don’t remember the last time I uncluttered it, and it was nearly as tall as our 8-yr-old, as of yesterday morning. Oops. Company coming over was a perfect reason to hit the plunger on the dynamite.
Rather than using actual explosives, I asked two of the kids to help me grab and ferry all the stuff upstairs…and I told them to put it on my bed. I would never be able to go to bed without mostly sorting through and putting away all. That. Stuff.
If you have ADHD, I know what you’re thinking: I could have just thrown it on the floor. Or on some other surface. Well, smartypants, you’re wrong. I have a cat whose love of peeing on things in the Floor Kingdom means that nothing can be left on the floor. I also had no other clean surfaces upon which to place a new pile. I got the pile mostly sorted, before going to bed.
I do this frequently, and I find it works pretty well: I put problems that I need to deal with in unignorable places, so that I HAVE to deal with them. It takes more effort to try to get out of it than to just do it (though I may be swearing while I’m doing it, haha). So I just do it.
And it feels REALLY good to have that pile GONE.