ADHD – A Day in the Life

Here is one of the best descriptions of ADHD I’ve ever seen!
(Author unknown)

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Coke I’d been drinking.

I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.

The Coke is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need water.

I put the Coke on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when I go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

the car isn’t washed; the bills aren’t paid; there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter; the flowers don’t have enough water; there is still only 1 check in my check book; I can’t find the remote; I can’t find my glasses; and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all damn day, and I’m really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail….

8 Responses to ADHD – A Day in the Life

  1. Nancy Jones

    This describes my day exactly. But I will defend myself and say I was not always that way. A long, long time ago (I am 50 yrs old), I had a job that trained my brain to wander. I was the only one at this small business for the longest time (all through my 20’s). I answered the phone, waited on customers, produced amazing artwork, worked the camera, other equipment, you get the picture. I could never complete a thought without an interruption. After several years of this I felt my brains were scrambled. Since I quit in my 30’s i miss the busy shop work and get bored easily with repetitive work. I recently took a job scanning and would fall asleep, watch the clock, search for distractions. Now I embrace my full crazy life, but I do accomplish a lot… it just takes awhile.

  2. Have a very young son of three that show signs of adhd any information will be helpful. Thank You

  3. Wow. That is an insightful description. I am a parent of a child with ADHD. I will remember this post when we are having a bad day xx

  4. This is SPOT ON. I actually laughed out loud while reading this…especially the very end. Great post!


  5. OMG.. I feel like ET I’m HOME! (LOL) This is so me and I’m 54 years old… If you don’t believe me .. check out my website .. Just a small example.. Wrote the script, music, directed, produced, and performed all of the voices and singing.. and that’s just a small sample of what I’ve done. I’M HOME and ITS OKAY.. No all seriously .. I’m doing a research paper for school and this article has actually validated me. My self diagnoses and analysis is that GOD was the first creator… and for the folks with ADHD he gave a special gift which was a piece of himself and lodge it into their brain. It’s like we have this special connection with him. This is why we view the world differently and have such insight while the rest of the world thinks we’re crazy.. I’m HOME! Thank YOU GOD… I needed THIS!

  6. Carlos Munar

    ADHD is not a gift. It’s a nightmare. I’ve not worked in the past five years. The few times I’ve been called for an interview I mess everything answering what I’ve not been asked and saying the first thing comes to my mind.

    If ADHD affected people continue with the speech that we are gifted by God no govern will pay attention to this disastrous sickness.

    I would like everybody to understand that ADHD is chronic disease, just like diabetes. A condition that must be treated with drugs and behaviour training and education

    • Carlos,
      Appreciate your comments. Not everyone is effected the same way. Sometimes (and to varying degrees) ADHD is mixed with Autistic symptoms… but you make some good points!

  7. Yes, that is me. I went for years like this until I had my son tested for ADHD and decided that it was time for me to face reality. I asked the doctor how I managed to have a career and three degrees. He said I had a great work ethic and was in a job that had a tight schedule I had to keep. I always thought I was just a bad housekeeper and eternal loser of my keys. As a child I was told I was lazy and a daydreamer. Am I perfect? No!! Far from it. I still lose my keys, and my desk at work is a joke. But I do my best, write things down. Don’t try to multi task and accept myself as I am. Some days I am hyper focused and every baseboard in the house will be clean but the dishes won’t get done. I am grateful for a husband that accepts me as I am.