Friends, family, fangirls:
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the world is full of things.
Full of them.
There is an abundance of stuff, indoors and outdoors, in people’s heads, on their tongues, hidden in places we’ll never find, and on billboards for everyone to see. It’s everywhere you look.
Therefore, focusing on just one of those things is a task whose difficulty I consistently underestimate.
Focus is harder than you would expect an unobtrusive, two-syllable word to be. And in this generation, it is even worse. I usually try to console myself by saying that of course I have problems focusing, all Half-bloods have ADHD symptoms, so why should I be any exception?
That excuse is a little more problematic that I like my excuses to be, but I take what I can get.
When I can’t focus, my brain turns into a weird Twilight Zone version of youtube. I’ve got one thing going over here, and I’m trying to pay attention to it, but there’s something in my mental sidebar I need to check out as well. So I hit “open in new tab” and try to remember to think about that next. Then I see something else I should look at. Thirty seconds later I have forty-two tabs open, and some of the audio is overlapping and I can’t find which one is making the noise and anyway the internet connection is slowing down and nothing is working anyway and then
Any semblance of concentration I had has evaporated.
Time to lie down and try to calm the brain-static.
Maybe I’ll just open a new tab and browse something to settle my mind down!
Even worse: Maybe I’ll just open a new tab and browse something while I work in another window!
Public service announcement: You cannot write a speech and watch Psych at the same time. There. I just saved you two hours of poorly-written drivel and not-properly-enjoyed Psych. You’re welcome.
I don’t know about you guys, but I am a multitasker only in that I like to sing show tunes while I wash dishes. If I try anything else, especially academics-related, the only result is that I do two things poorly instead of just one.
That’s efficiency, people. Take notes. And even without the multi-tasking trap, sometimes I use other ways to trick myself into opening that new tab; such as logging onto pinterest to inspire my brain to do something creative. Adorably naive of me, I know.
As much as you might think it will, clicking through pins of TARDIS-themed shoes, Misha Collins, Great Gatsby quotes, and plant terrariums does not give a brain ideas. It just goes,
“Hey, this is fun. We should do nothing more often.”
“I brought you here to get inspired, brain.”
“That so? You’re hilarious. But not as hilarious as this gif of Zachary Quinto.”
“Mm, you have a good point.” *opens gif in new tab*
I think I’ve made my point. It’s barely even the problem of procrastination – it’s distraction. And procrastination. There’s a fair amount of both, but hey, stay with me here, I’m getting to the point in the post that you read in your serious voice.
I was talking about the overabundance of stuff at the beginning of this post. It’s not just school that is affected by stuff, there’s work, there’s relationships, there’s good old fashioned life. Stuff is still there. Distractions and obstacles and hurdles made of the stuffiest stuff that stuff can be made out of.
This post is stuff.
I’m sorry, but it’s true. I’ve lured you into more stuff.
Stuff is by no means always terrible thing. There’s just a limit to how much we can handle at once. Being bogged down by a lot of good uses for your time is still being bogged down. It’s more than okay to take a break and get away from stuff.
If this post is one of the things between you and that thing you have to get done, I apologize. Hit the little X button on the top of this window and flee to somewhere where nothing has a glowing screen.
Trust me, that wakes up your brain and brings it to attention far faster than any board on Pinterest.
I’m doing okay so far. I know that focus is attainable.
If I can just stay in one tab for a while, then I’ll be fine.