What Am I Missing? — ADD Tip o the Day 326

Is this another ADD or ADHD problem?

I don’t watch or listen to podcasts, you tubes, conference calls, and all kinds of other casts, calls, tubes, pods etc that I see offered.  Many of them look quite good and from seeing who’s doing them I’m sure they are.  But with my ADD  I just can’t picture myself just sitting here listening or watching.

Reading short things, I’m good at.  Longer things I tend to kind of skim; sometimes this causes problems but usually its good enough.  I think I’m pretty good at it by now.  But ‘casts?

But how much am I missing out on?  Is this something I need to work on?

Looking for you opinions and experiences.   Information, please.

doug

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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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6 Responses to What Am I Missing? — ADD Tip o the Day 326

  1. Scott Marckx says:

    My take is there is a lot more information available now that we have the web, but I need to keep reminding myself that reading about it or watching it is NOT doing it. I built a rowboat thanks to some great information and support on the web. It is something I had always wanted to do. I realized though, about half way through it, that if I had spent all the time working on the boat that I had spent reading about working on the boat, I could have built 10 of them. Like Joyce, I get “sucked in” so I have to watch it with the computer and TV and reading. I have found that I can do my work while listening to audio books though, so sometimes that helps me stay on task.

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    • congratulations on the boat! i am impressed.
      i have to remind myself that buying a book is not the same as reading it and having it on the shelf is not the same as having the knowledge that’s in it.
      i think there is some work i can do while listening, not while watching tho. good tip!
      thanks and thank you for commenting
      doug

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  2. ken,
    that is a great strategy and I am going to try it.
    interesting that i can sit down and read a whole book if i’m interested in it, but assume i can’t do the podcasts etc. technologically challenged, no patience, too busy, etc. the small chunks is a very good strategy for a lot of things.
    thanks for commenting
    doug

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  3. They work just fine for me but that is because I don’t sit down to listen to a whole one. I do 2 minutes or so and then pause it as I feel the concentration going. Then I do something else. It might take me a whole week to listen to a podcast, read a book, write an essay or whatever, but by breaking it all into small chunks I stay busy all day AND at the end of the week I’ve listened to several podcasts, read a couple of books, written a few articles, completed a book chapter and so on and so on. I couldn’t do that without my ADHD I believe!

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  4. thank you. I am thinking of trying one of those things if i can do something else at the same time, guess it would need to just be audio, or maybe i could exercise while i watch video. Guess it is a matter of patience, or just some kind of mental block.
    thank you for commenting
    doug

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  5. Joyce says:

    I tend to have the opposite problem- I say I get “sucked into” the videos- though, I’m talking about the funny or cute youtube videos, and I find that within a few minutes 3 hours have gone by! 🙂
    Then the other thing I do is I have a ton of stuff that I “intend” to watch- stuff that’s “good”- I have probably months worth of “A Minute With (John C.) Maxwell” web videos…so something that should take a minute a day has added up to hours of time that I just don’t have! But I can’t bring myself to delete them.
    I’m sort of assuming that you are saying you don’t have the patience to sit through those things. And actually- as I am writing I am listening to a conference call. I probably should be doing dishes instead of being on the computer…but I generally do something else while I’m listening to calls or audio files. Not sure if it’s an ADD thing or just me, or you, or society that says “you must multi-task!”
    So…I guess I didn’t exactly answer your question at all… 🙂 But I enjoy conversing with you, Doug.
    Thanks for sharing yourself.

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