Efficiency is The Enemy of Distraction, and Other Small Lockdown Reflections (How to be a Neurodivergent Adult in Lockdown)

Roxical Thinking

This post is a rambling sort of collection of thoughts – things I have considered, realised and applied in the days leading up to and during the start of our current lockdown.

Efficiency is the enemy of distraction. By which I mean, the stress of these days means my brain is struggling to process things properly and I am consistently making small, stupid mistakes. Often overwhelmed. Struggling to move from one task to the next. Trying to be efficient within that context is only going to make me more frustrated, more overwhelmed, less able to achieve the things that need to be done. I have always had two modes – hyperfocused and thoroughly distractable. Right now the hyperfocus mode seems to be reserved for a computer game, which is less than helpful.

But I could judge myself for that and try to trick my brain into being more focused and…

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