ADHD Projects on Projects on Projects
If you're anything like me, you come up with new ideas for projects or hobbies all the time. Especially when one thing starts to become too difficult or boring, it's time to add another chainsaw to the juggling act.
This can seem wild to people without ADHD.
And it's hard to blame them. Often they can clearly see all the things we're trying to do at once, while our ADHD can affect our ability to self-reflect, giving us a more narrow view.
And when they see all that we're trying to do already, it doesn't make much sense (to their neurotypical brain) to see us to try to do even more.
I recently mentioned a new project I'm starting to work on to my wife and she very lovingly looked at me like I was crazy.
"Don't you have a ton of work to do on your book still?!"
Well, yes, but... I can feel myself hitting that demotivation wall. I can sense that feeling of getting stuck, of losing my momentum.
And I really, really don't want to lose that momentum when I'm this close to the finish line.
So to avoid having the book writing come to a standstill, I'm adding a related project that will help me continue my work on the book, while also adding an interesting new element to the mix. (More on the new project soon... it's going to be a fun one!)
Now this can definitely have a downside.
Often we make the mistake of starting something completely brand new.
For example, I know my biggest priority is to finish writing my book, Refocus. So now would not be a good time to start recording synth music for an album. There's no overlap, nothing to bring me from the new project back to writing my book. In fact, I would risk losing interest in the book entirely by taking on something so completely unrelated.
I know the most important thing for me to manage when it comes to productivity is my energy and my motivation, and it's a tricky balance.
Sometimes managing those energy levels requires some counter-intuitive thinking.
Jesse J. Anderson
P.S. I saw Everything Everywhere All At Once last weekend and absolutely loved it! Then I found out that Dan Kwon, one of the writer/director duo collectively known as DANIELS, was diagnosed with ADHD during the creation process of the movie. Which makes so much sense—I noticed a lot of really interesting ADHD parallels. Anyways, it's an unbelievable movie and you should see it.