Let’s talk About Distractions — ADD Tip o the Day 457

Distraction distraction distraction : Oh, my sweet ADD ADHD!

We were lunching at Clafutti’s, our great Santa Fe French bistro, when the alarm on my iPhone went off.  That’s every day at 1:45 to remind me to take off my Daytrana ritalin patch so I’ll be able to sleep at night.  So my wife, who sometimes feels I need a little direction (I wonder why?) says, “Doug, go in the bathroom and take off your patch.”  She might have been afraid I wouldn’t remember what the alarm meant, or that I might  open up my shirt and take it off right there (I have done that; she probably thinks it’s inappropriate but I think that at my age  – )

So, I said, “Right!” and got up and went into the bathroom.  Now without getting overly intimate or crude or otherwise inappropriate, let me tell you that I performed this little perfectly normal physiological function in there and then came back to the table.

She said, “Did you take your patch off?”

I said, “Oh!”

I’m distracted a lot at home.  I start to go to the kitchen to do something but I see something in the living room to do and I start that and then realize I could check something on my iPhone, which reminds me of a new app I want to download so I go back to the computer to get it but I want to check my E mail first and someone asked a question that I need to research to answer and so ——–.


1. When I start to do something, say it out loud – “I’m going into the kitchen to put away this cup.”  (I talk to myself a lot.)

2. Rule- for small tasks;   I can’t start a new task til I finish the one I’m doing.

3.  Label distractions “Oh, I know what that is; that’s a distraction.”

4. Use my index cards, iPhone, or something I have with me always, to note the distraction -“Download a new reminder app.” and then proceed with the task I’m on.

Do you know anything about distractions?  Please share.


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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. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. 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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  5. Oh, my gosh! I talk to myself a lot, too. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been caught doing it in public places – the grocery store, the gas station, Wal-mart. You name it. Cause I do it a lot. It definitely helps me stay focused.

    When I’m tidying my house every morning, I have to really force myself to stay focused or I’m all over the house and it takes 3x as long to get it done. When I see something in another room, I say (out loud, of course), I’ll get to that in a minute.

    My dad was always easily distracted, too. He lived in a mobile home and I used to joke that it took him all day to get from one end of the trailer to the other because there were so many distractions along the way.


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