Monday, October 30, 2006

Adult ADD, or just back to college?

Was anyone else like me when they were in college? When it was crunch time, my apartment was cleaner than at any other time in life! Today I took care of some minor annoyances (taping up a lamp cord that was visible on the wall behind a table, trimming some carpet fibers that were coming apart at the edge of the carpet/hardwood) that really could have waited. But it's like I can study for about 15 - 20 minutes, and then I find something that's productive, but is NOT studying. The good news is that I was thinking about flexibility and autogenic vs. reciprocal inhibition while I was organizing and trimming. Or else I have adult ADD.

So the weekend was great. It pushed me way out of my comfort zone, but that's not a bad thing. Honestly, flying alone, renting a car and navigating Southern CA freeways, attending a class where I knew no one -- all of these felt really really scary. But once I was on the airplane, it was like being on a roller coaster where the car is just starting to move -- the only way out at that point is THROUGH! (Incidentally, that's what pregnancy felt like too -- I think I have a slight problem with change and things that I have little control over. But that's a topic for another day!)

Checking into the hotel, I felt very Bridget Jones as I unpacked: "Let's see -- Adidas track pants and exercise tubing. Am real fitness professional." And it's SO easy to just go to bed at 10:00 and get up at 5:30 when there's nobody else around to take care of. Getting 7-1/2 hours of sleep was a complete luxury.

In subsequent posts (the first of which will probably take place in about 10 minutes, given my attention span) I will cover:

the unexpected delightful Friday night thing
why NASM is the bomb (and I mean that in the best possible way)
what I'm trying to get pounded into my head in preparation for the test

Gotta go clean the garage -- I mean, study!


Irene said...

Glad you made it back home, safe and sound! Again, it was wonderful meeting you!

Greg said...

When I went back to college to finish up my degree, I would get up at 3:30 in the morning to avoid distractions. Also, I would study in the school library. I would usually do the for exams or finishing up my homework.

Eileen said...

I was the messiest kid ever. My mom completely gave up on me and my awful room and kept the door shut and forbade me to bring friends over. But in college it was SPOTLESS (ok, most of the time) because I lived at home and did my homework there. I could NOT start on any sort of homework until it was clean and neat and perfect. The bigger the school project = the cleaner the room got.

These days it takes company. If I'm having company, the house gets very clean, very fast. It never takes me very long. Why can't I do that on a daily basis though?

Oh wait...this is YOUR blog. Sorry!

Brit-Man said...

That's typical study stuff, procrastinating, deviating off the set schedule, you just feel like there's a whole host of other things to do, that don't involve swatting up on stuff, and unless you locked yourself in a bare attic space, for 2-3 hours a night, those distractions could well be there.

I know you'll do really well on the test, so be strong, think positive and GOOD LUCK.

Myself and i'm sure others are all routing for you Leslie :-).


Lori said...

I am not a good student. Hate studying. I would rather do anything else in the world. good luck. :)