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 Do you try/want to do too many things at once?
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65 Votes Total Last vote Friday, July 27, 2012, 5:04pm by delightfuldeb
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I am like a diesel engine...sometimes slow to get started, but once i get going i can go and go a long time.  I have begun to notice this about how i work.

I tend to move on Jamacaian time.  Just got married and we went to Jamacaia for the honeymoon.  My wife is an O gatherer.  She tells me sometimes "you are stuck in Jamacain time!"

Slow paced compared to the pace of most Americans.  I live in south louisiana, so it is more leisurly than many other places in america.

She tends to always put too much on her plate, prob from not being able to say "no."

I don't like extended periods of rushing.  When i concerntrate and do not rush, a lot of things to do and stuff coming at you seems like it slows down too.  
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Yes!  we must be all from the same litter -  separated at birth.  

I have an  ipod too  -  love it.   I have all kinds of music plus  magazines & books of  all sorts  on it.  (our local library is great for books)

Some times I have to get  away from all the noise. (esp TV noise!)
Even housework and gardening is easier with the right background sound.
Music can be so soothing esp when I can't sleep.

danfromosc85  - You belong here with us
"Example would be "I need to go home and cook this recipe", which turns into "Let me google the health benefits of Ingredient A", which turns into "Let me check Amazon for some Gluten Free products", which turns into "Let me check the book to see if I can have everything in this Gluten Free product".

The good news is we are here  and will do whatever we can to help each other out.

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Dan, Cajun, et al, that is so me too! Must be an A thing - so glad it's not just me! Focus is my no. 1 priority, the thing I would most like to be able to conquer! I was thinking of producing some focus cards to sell online! I put notes up to myself everywhere but never see them after the first time.
Do you find you watch a film but don't keep up with the plot cos your mind's anywhere but on the film? Drives me nuts. I have to really try hard to focus at the beginning or else i won't know what the film's about!  

On the psychol side, I think it's partly like fear of missing out or something cos I was really bored as a child, understimulated - parents both boring/antisocial/incompatible with me and each other! - so I feel the need to be busy with loads of variety all the time or I get depressed, or I'm afraid of getting bored and depressed.....  
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Quoted from Debra
Dan, Cajun, et al, that is so me too! Must be an A thing - so glad it's not just me! Focus is my no. 1 priority, the thing I would most like to be able to conquer! I was thinking of producing some focus cards to sell online! I put notes up to myself everywhere but never see them after the first time.
Do you find you watch a film but don't keep up with the plot cos your mind's anywhere but on the film? Drives me nuts. I have to really try hard to focus at the beginning or else i won't know what the film's about!  

On the psychol side, I think it's partly like fear of missing out or something cos I was really bored as a child, understimulated - parents both boring/antisocial/incompatible with me and each other! - so I feel the need to be busy with loads of variety all the time or I get depressed, or I'm afraid of getting bored and depressed.....  


Debra,

The movie thing for me depends on my interest in the movie and what I've had to eat that day. I tend to miss details in the plot because I'm focusing on things in the background of the movie or my thoughts on previous scenes. I usually watch movies more than once to fully enjoy them.

I was a VERY active kid, contrary to how you were brought up. I couldn't stop moving until I turned like 12-13 and got a computer. All I did was eat junk food, drink soda and play computer games when I wasn't at school or work all the way through this December. This diet is the first time in my life that I've actually MADE food and not just stopped off somewhere and ordered whatever had the most bacon on it.

My metabolism is crazy fast, so I'm a little lucky I don't weigh 300 pounds based on my diet through my life. I've lost about 3 pounds since starting the BTD 2 weeks ago, but it'll go back up when I start my exercise program and cooking myself full meals.


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My metabolism is crazy fast, so I'm a little lucky I don't weight 300 pounds based on my diet through my life.
It is possible that the only reason your metabolism is so fast is that is the only way the body could burn up the "junk food"...

My metabolism has slowed down significantly since I stopped eating so many avoids...



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It is possible that the only reason your metabolism is so fast is that is the only way the body could burn up the "junk food"...

My metabolism has slowed down significantly since I stopped eating so many avoids...



That's possible, and I'm hoping it slows down a little so I can gain some healthy weight.

Also, I'm not sure if this is just me, but if I have some caffeine I can sit down and do a 1000 piece puzzle start to finish without getting up or doing anything else. I don't do that often, but certain days I'm just incredibly well focused, the other 360 a year I'm a mess!


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Wow! I guess it is an "A" thing!  
I did get bored as a child but not because of my parents...they were very social with friends and family. I was an only child so I learned to be comfortable just playing with my toys and reading alot of books when I had to be indoors.
Maybe thats why I need my alone time. I enjoy visiting my friends and family.....just needs to be when I feel like it... uh-oh, sounds like a brat..


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I'm a type O, and I think there's something wrong, hahaha.

I'm always trying to do more than one thing at a time, and I always start new projects before ending other ones.  But I attribute this to my ADD brain...

I have a lot of trouble organizing.  And I'm always getting ideas for other things because I don't focus well.  And I don't prioritize well, because a lot of things seem equally important.

I didn't really read the other posts, because I was looking for other Os...

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It looks like I am the only one who answered no here...haha! Most people would say that I do too many things, but my DH is an overly ambitious A Explorer and keeping up with him is sometimes a challenge. I am responsible and good worker and a perfectionist, but if I can focus on one thing at a time I will gladly choose that over multi-tasking. It helps keep my stress level down which is needed for this A!  


It's always good to have another productive A around with which to check ourselves and our enthusiasm. (Not an A who is unmotivated - like the A that I live with.)
Living with an unmotivated sometimes irrational A sends me into overdrive exactly when I don't need!


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Wow! I guess it is an "A" thing!  
I did get bored as a child but not because of my parents...they were very social with friends and family. I was an only child so I learned to be comfortable just playing with my toys and reading alot of books when I had to be indoors.
Maybe thats why I need my alone time. I enjoy visiting my friends and family.....just needs to be when I feel like it... uh-oh, sounds like a brat..


Nothing wrong with starting a pseudo-brat club here, Cajun


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Yes!  we must be all from the same litter -  separated at birth.  

I have an  ipod too  -  love it.   I have all kinds of music plus  magazines & books of  all sorts  on it.  (our local library is great for books)

Some times I have to get  away from all the noise. (esp TV noise!)
Even housework and gardening is easier with the right background sound.
Music can be so soothing esp when I can't sleep.

danfromosc85  - You belong here with us
"Example would be "I need to go home and cook this recipe", which turns into "Let me google the health benefits of Ingredient A", which turns into "Let me check Amazon for some Gluten Free products", which turns into "Let me check the book to see if I can have everything in this Gluten Free product".

The good news is we are here  and will do whatever we can to help each other out.

Cheering each other on


...and I need to stop at the "cheering each other on" before I reach the thought "world domination" - for the 10 billionth time!


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Ahhhh...
Purlgirl and Seraffa, you made me smile!!!!
I love being able to hear there are others like me or that at least have minds/personalities that work like mine! yay...you "get" me!!
Its rather refreshing!


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Oh Nadira,
Just saw your post! I totally understand the difficulty in trying to organize and prioritize! Yup, sounds just like me!


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I am always SO GLAD when this particular post "pops up again" and someone who is either an A or has ADD makes a statement about how they function.  I am both an A and have ADD (mild in the sense of no hyperactivity  but can be very distracting).

It is categorically impossible for me to feel the least bit organized unless I make my bed before I leave the apartment.  I have periods of effortless focus where I can accomplish alot in a very short time.  If I am not motivated or have commitments (such as is the case today) I am slow as molasses and I don't utilize my time well at all.  Today I had to clear my mind and make a statement in my head that no matter what I find so interesting or a must do I will leave the house at 3PM (which is what I wound up doing today).  

As much as I wanted to get outside hours earlier it was still so hard to actually walk out the door but once I was in the car and moving and breathing the nice fresh air I was okay.  

To alot of people who don't have these struggles it must seem strange.  

Joy

P.S.  You are all so inspiring.  Perfectly imperect.  That's me.

  

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I voted 'yes'. But I'm not sure if I 'want' to do too many things at once, or if I 'try' to do too many things just because I think I'm 'supposed' to do all those things (at once)!  

I can remember being so overwhelmed in college (decades ago!) when the last 2 weeks of the semester rolled around... distinctly remember standing with my back to the wall in a hallway in tears until my knees just gave out and I slid down the wall to sit on the floor and cry for a while! Not because I was worried about my grades, or had test anxiety, but because it was all hitting at once and I probably needed more sleep and a lot more 'downtime' than I was getting! Didn't connect it to my blood type at the time of course. But it did make a lot of sense later when I read ER4YT!

A few years ago I realized I needed a lot of 'processing time' (think time) in order to be productive. So I set up a 3-ring binder with sections for subjects I needed to think about. Because there were a lot of long-range projects with multiple decisions to make. Because I was concerned that I was going to forget to do/plan something important. It really helped me relax even in the midst of so many projects knowing that I could make lists while I was thinking about something and then just check the list later when I needed to take the next step!

I'm an only child too! My parents are both deceased now, but I had a lot of responsibility as they approached the end of their lives. And then my hubby's father had some years of decline and I had a large part of the responsibility for his transitions from apt to hospital to nursing home and all the care decisions that go along with that. And our (only!) son has been challenging to raise, great kid, smart, funny, but with ADHD and probably mild Asperger's. So all those people got their own section in my binder!

Lately the binder hasn't been working so well... my responsibilities seem to have expanded exponentially even though 3 people died and the son is a senior in hs so not needing the same type of constant care as when he was younger. I'm having a bit of trouble keeping up with everything. This past year my MIL needed a lot of help/care and I now am responsible for a lot of things on her behalf. And so it goes.

But it really is probably just like when I was in college. It's not the actual tasks that are my undoing, it's that they seem to hit all at once and I really just need more sleep and some downtime...

Though... about downtime... and here's my question... does anybody else here notice that when facing a lot of deadlines or things that absolutely cannot be ignored... productivity goes up? But when there is plenty of time that could be spent working on things that have slipped through the cracks... not much gets done? If I could be as productive when there ISN'T a deadline as I am when there IS... that would go a long way toward crawling out of the pit!!    


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Finally doing "the work"!  
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I hear you, Veggiequeen

I often think why isn't there more "balance" in my life.  But things seem to need to be handled with different speeds.  Like I posted I can get alot done when I'm motivated or if its a must do situation such as you described.   But I'm sure that's true for many of us.  

When I get going I'm like a "whirling dervish"!

I guess its the ebb and flow of life.  

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Veggiequeen and Joy,
Oh my gosh, you all are describing me!
Ex; I have specific tasks to get done this week. They cannot slide until next week.
What am I doing to make sure I will accomplish my goals? I made a list on Sunday. I could have finished 2 things yesterday but didn't so need to do at least one of them today. I am sooo easily distracted! They will all get done, but probably as you said, with me in a whirlwind, stressed, and at the last minute!
Balance, yes, I need that...now how do I get it?
I don't know how I did everything when I worked full time. Probably because of limited time, no other choice, etc.
I have loved my retirement with plenty of "me" time, lots of choices, flexibility ...yet this has added to my distractions and disorganization!


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Joy and Veggiequeen:  That sounds like me exactly!

I'm retired (long story), so I don't have anything to get me up and out the door in the morning.  So why can't I get all those things done in the morning so that I can gracefully go to my variety of things in the afternoon and evening?

I make lists, and double check appointments in my book and on the 'family' calendar, but it still feels like pulling teeth unless something big is coming up...

Joy, I've even read about this in books:  Sometimes I will be so organized, and get so many things done, and then the next day I get nothing done.  I just can't be the same 2 days in a row...
I guess for one thing, it's hard to do a little of something everyday.  Once I get into something I feel good that I'm in a groove, especially if it's something like cleaning the study/sorting papers.  So I think, well I'll keep going.  Before I know it I've missed lunch and it's almost time for dinner.  Oh, what should I make?  And then I leave the study a mess.

I keep thinking that I'll try to start the day right, get up relatively early, empty the dishwasher, clean the kitchen after breakfast, and then move on to either going for my walk, sort papers, or do laundry.  But then my computer is sitting in front of me, and before I know it...

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To alot of people who don't have these struggles it must seem strange.


I wonder if there are others out there who would like to set up some sort of  support for this.  Maybe we could get a special fb group, or e.mail list.  And we could send hourly, or so, reminders to each other like:  'Have you moved on to your next task?' kind of posts.  Just a thought...

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Nadira,

So you understand the situation as it is along with the rest of us.  I'd love to be supportive but I don't know if I'd be consistent in sending reminders to other people.  

Just reading these posts and knowing that others are contending with these issues is enough for me.

Last night I was looking forward to a nice lunch with a friend of mine and on Saturday seeing George.
I was really depressed and didn't want to do either one of these things.  

Today I got myself  in gear and had lunch (not compliant but if I started in with "oh, I can't eat this or I can't have that" I would have ruined a perfectly nice day.  Actually we wound up talking for hours and it was indeed a very nice day.  I just adjusted my dinner to be more compliant and I felt ok with that.  

My frame of mind shifted and that's one of the main reasons things turned out differently.  Before I went to lunch I listened to a tape that was designed to help me be aware of all the prosperity that the Universe had to offer.  I'm glad I took the time to do this because it "shifted" my mindset from negative to postive.  I really believe that this had a profound effect on how the rest of my day went.

I plan to do something like this again tomorrow before I see George.  Sometimes I just need to take a more positive action myself beforehand instead of relying on just luck or hoping that someone else is in a good mood.  

I just read in the book by Don Luis Ruiz that one of the things most people do is avoid responsibility.
There will be consequences whether or not we take action.  This was something I had completely or conveniently forgotten.  I was always relying on the other persons to respond and then I got to judge their reaction.  Oh, I don't think so.

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Oh my! What wonderfully understanding things you all have written since my 'brain dump' post a week ago! Soooo many things you all have said are resonating with me.

In my imagination I have this 'ideal' me... do you all know what I mean?

In my imagination, I am always in bed by 11pm, I go right to sleep and wake naturally at 6am, take my 'empty stomach' supplements, cook a lovely breakfast for everyone else in the kitchen I cleaned up the night before(!), unload the DW, start the reload, walk 45", stretch & shibashi, eat my own compliant breakfast, shower & dress, start dinner and cook ahead for the next few days, boot a few loads of laundry and a bit of mending (so no one has a wardrobe emergency), do some 'daily cleaning' (on a well-planned schedule that will ensure my house is always tidy/clean), attend to business matters (also on a well-planned schedule that will ensure I never let anything slip thru the cracks), process papers - sort, file, purge/recycle - also non-paper (computer) business (without getting side-tracked by facebook or dadamo.com), plan/prep lessons/classes (I'm a music teacher), play flute/piano daily, floss daily, smile constantly, feel great, look good...

(background music) "It's just my imagination... runnin' away with me... " (The Temptations)

Oh yeah... and I never make promises I can't keep, I never try to change other people, I'm always encouraging to my family and friends, my taxes are always filed on time, my faith never wavers, I never worry about the future...

... I never spend the day in my bathrobe, all my meals are compliant, I never snack mindlessly, my weight is 'ideal', my skin looks great (for my age!  )...

(pop) the bubble bursts... regains consciousness... looks around... whoops!
Well, maybe nobody noticed my 'flight of fancy', my 'daffy daydream'...


On the subject of support - There is a Fresh Start Monthly group here on this forum and it seems to be incredibly encouraging for those posters who participate. Doesn't look like there is room for more folks there though. But if any of you are interested in starting another 'monthly' group similar to that one, I'd be open to doing that...


"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is."
(American baseball player and manager Yogi Berra, or computer scientist Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut, or physicist Albert Einstein - depending on the source...)

Finally doing "the work"!  
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Veggiequeen,
You are funny and I get it! some days are simply more productive than others.

The Fresh Start you wrote about has the most wonderful people posting!  
They are truly inspiring/supportive ...and chatty! It does take a bit of time to stay with everyone's "happenings" but I try.


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ha... due to my DNA-test it seems I'm a super metabolizer ...and really... I feel nearly unhappy while not being able to perform in 7 different things at the same time .... I don't have anymore *the inner judge*...but my mind is commenting situations..yup... but then I don't mind what others think about me...at all....but must say... it's a bit likewise as described in that little film about bloodtypes and behaviour  ....


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I wasn't sure how to answer this.  My first inclination is to answer "no." There's nothing I hate more than multitasking. I like to focus on one thing at a time.  I am always obsessing over something but it's always just ONE thing at a time. This is because I get easily overwhelmed by details. For instance, I went to the library a few months ago and got the sudden urge to read all the Health books in the Health/Nutrition section and felt really unsettled about it because I knew it wasn't possible. Do I really want to do that?  No. Because I would not enjoy all of them. I just wish I could suck up all the knowledge in an instant is all (Is that really asking so much? ). So what I have to do is constantly re-prioritize my life.  I ask myself constantly, "why am I REALLY doing this? How will I feel when I accomplish this? Is it really worth it in the long run?  Am I enjoying this or influencing someone in a beneficial way by doing this?" These are the questions I ask.  I bring myself back to the big picture so I don't get lost in the mindless details and get trapped into doing things that don't really matter.

There's nothing more I like doing than listening to music and pondering things for hours.  Inside my head there is a whole other universe and I like to walk in the deep. It's hard to bring myself back to reality sometimes but I'm such a perfectionist that I make myself get things done. I need to forgive myself more though and I'm learning that perfection is overrated.  If things don't go exactly the way I planned then that's okay because things rarely go the way we plan and usually what happens instead is better anyway. I'm always thinking ahead and I'm very excitable which isn't always a bad thing but it CAN turn into that if I start conjuring up negative thoughts instead of positive ones.

I think blood type makes up a small part of our personalities so we're not all going to be exactly the same.  It's interesting how the Type A tendencies manifest differently in everyone. All of my immediate family are type As and we are all different but I can see how the high production of cortisol manifests differently in each of us. My dad is controlling and demanding when things/people don't match up to his ideals (he takes the inadequacy he feels towards himself and throws the blame on us instead).  My mom is controlling as well when she's been hurt and is stressed.  My sister is the same way.  She spreads herself too thin by actually doing too many active things.  I guess she enjoys it but I know part of her just needs rest which she will not allow herself to have.  My brother is the most laid back which tends towards laziness.  He seems laid-back on the outside but he'll never let his inner anxiety and fear show.  I know it's there just under the surface and it is INTENSE. No outsider would know though. He just doesn't express himself too often unfortunately.  And now I'm digressing.

Anyway, important thing to remember is - we're not meant to do it all so why bother? I'd rather focus on what I'm actually here for than get side-tracked by all these other things. Life is too short for that.  Obviously life throws us curve balls from time to time and we have to find ways to cope with those but with the things we do have control over - sometimes we have to drop things that aren't all that important in the long run.  Good gosh, I wrote too much.
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