Monday, December 13, 2010


I had thoughts to share this morning, things I was contemplating during my quiet time. But they've evaporated into thin air.

You see, I started some laundry. Then making a meal plan and shopping list. Next I reviewed my calendar for the week. And balanced the budget.

Oh wait, the dryer just finished.

Now, where was I?

Distracted...right. I also spent a few minutes daydreaming about shopping for some new clothes because I have so few that fit. Which led to fantasizing about losing weight. And then I began to wonder if I'd ever find time to exercise. Which reminded me of the multitude of unfinished projects in my life (photo albums, painting the house, etc.).

I believe I have a case of writing ADD. If I don't stay focused and get my thoughts down first thing (read: by 7am), they are forever lost. But that's not actually the point of all this rambling...

The point of my rambling - I need a list. (Yes, I know what you're thinking! Pat always says I spend so much time making my lists that I run out of time to actually complete tasks.) The fact is, I find great satisfaction in crossing items off a list. So rather than merely thinking about all that I want to do (and yet putting it off for another year), I am going to create a "top project" list for 2011. My goal: Complete at least one project each month for the entire year.

I have been avoiding some projects like the plague, because I fear they will never truly be finished. But maybe they can be, if only I were focused. Because you see, my ADD issue carries over into other parts of my life, too. For example, I'll start uploading photos from 2003 (yes, that far back, people!) only to realize I really ought to defragment the hard drive. I'll pull out the painter's tape to begin staining the windowsills only to discover how badly the windows need to be cleaned.

Am I the only one who struggles with this?! Or do you have home project ADD as well? And if you don't - for goodness sake, tell us your secret!!!


  1. :) I'm so glad to see that I am not the only one with mulitple unfinished projects and a distracted mind. :)

  2. I have that problem too...LOL...I am being treated for it...other than that...sticking with a list and a hubby who helps me stay on track is what I do...but I still end up with several things not done...I love how you share your experiences. I SO relate! :D If I don't have my quiet time each day, I am lost for staying on track. And getting enough sleeps helps as well.


    Mary Joy

  3. It must be a mom mind goes in different directions at all hours of the day.

    I did a similar list for 2010 - as I look over it there's alot not done, but I'm happy with the things that DID get finished and crossed off.

    Have to say, the only way I can seem to organize myself is the list - I start to go wrong when I have multiple lists/scraps of paper going, so I'm trying to keep it all together in a notebook my daughter gave me. (Complete with cartoon characters on the front:)

  4. Nope, it's just you. You're the only ones. Kidding! I came across a post a long while back that made so much sense I just left it linked to my blog page so I could keep coming back and remind myself what I started. I still keep going back. To check the original the site is:

    I think my particular version of ADD is referred to as AAADD-Age Associated Attention Deficit Disorder!

  5. Are you kidding me? Did you read my post the other day?

    I feel your pain! I actually just started taking some meds for ADHD within the last week and a half. I'll let you know how that works for me. :)

  6. thats funny I am always distracted I am suppose to be getting ready to leave for Calgary soon and here I am on your blog. God must be telling me to get going. lol

  7. I can so relate...I get frustrated and continue to pray for peace in my mind! I also use lists (but often can't find it or leave it at home when I go shopping.) Lately I've been praying that God would help give me clarity and help me keep my priorities in line. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I am Queen of the List. I like your 2011 idea. I do something similar with a New Year's Resolution list -- I write down 2 goals in 3 or 4 general categories: health, spirituality, connecting, fitness, etc. I don't always check everything off my list, but I do usually get a bunch accomplished. Better yet, some of those goals become habits. A few years ago reading the Bible was on my New Year's list. Now I read it (nearly) every day. That one stuck!


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