Sunday, January 15, 2012

Short Attention Span.

The other day I was studying for a math test, when suddenly, without warning, I realized I was on Facebook.

It made me think.  There are many instances when I intend to do one thing, but end up doing something completely different.

For example, sometimes I decide to go downstairs to get something to help me study.  Let's say I need a stapler, or some other similarly vital piece of office supplies. I walk downstairs, expecting to go grab the stapler and then run back up to my room to continue studying.

All of a sudden, I realize that I'm

Another one that I do sometimes happens during school.  My teacher begins saying something that is extremely vital knowledge. I realize almost immediately that I NEED to hear this.  In order to pass the class, this information must be stored in my long term memory.  I have to pay really close attention.  Much closer attention than I do normally, even closer than when I'm actually interested in what my teacher is saying.  If I don't hear this information, I don't know what I'll do. I might as well drop out of school.

Suddenly, I realize

I was spending so much time thinking about how important it was to pay attention, that I forgot to pay attention.

I also struggle with this when I go to the super market.  I prepare my list ahead of time, knowing that I really need to be focused so I can make it a quick shopping trip.  I write down the vital groceries that I desperately need, and prepare for my adventure.


This is a problem that I've had to deal with for as long as I can remember.  My attention span never graduated the fifth grade.  At times, it can be slightly entertaining. Sometimes I ask myself, where did that come from, brain? And I laugh at my randomness.  At other times, however, it can get frustratingly annoying.  For example, I'll begin saying something, a thought that I had that seems extremely exciting, and then all of a sudden,

OH MY GOSH I need to tell you something.

Did you know octopuses could walk on land, and they have beaks?


  1. Haha, you completely did it to me then! I was there with the doughnuts and then whammo - picking my feet up off the floor and thinking about octopi and then apple pie with cream and Christmas pudding and the cup of tea my son is making me but he's forgotten because he was facebooking or something...

  2. Love it! Favorite line: "My attention span never graduated the fifth grade."

    At least you end up doing SOMETHING, I end up in that weird limbo of standing in the dining room saying, "Why did I come in here? was there a reason?" and then I go back upstairs and realize, "Oh, yeah, I was looking for the phone!" and then I go back down and forget again and so on and so on. (And then eventually I forget who I was supposed to call in the first place, so do I even need the phone?)

    You'd think with all that stair-climbing and stair-descending that I'd at least have great calves. No.


    1. Oh MOV - just when I thought we might be twins (except the difference in age) I find out you don't have great calves! I have great calves, and nice feet but they still don't take the attention away from my big nose...

  3. Holy crap, I do the EXACT same stuff. I would ALWAYS pay too much attention to trying to pay attention and then end up missing the lecture.

    Oh, and by the way, Octopocalypse sounds great! Octopuses are my favorite animal so I will welcome their slithery, tentacled takeover. Maybe I can an octopus to fall in love me so I will be spared...

  4. hahaha, oh bee.. where have you been all my life.

  5. I'm really bad about Facebook...your blog is great! Keep it up!


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