Long term attention span.
May 24, 2014 8:23 AM Subscribe
I love complicated things. Games, books, writing detailed stories, hobbies like scrapbooking, and so forth. But I forget about whatever project and move on to something else to find 6 months later I will fiddle for two weeks and then promptly forget about it again. ARG.
posted by AlexiaSky to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Here are some examples of stuff in my life: a blog. I kept it up for about 6 months regularly and then updated twice a year until I gave up. Polvore(a collage making site): go through phases where it is awesome and then one day I just stop logging on and then a year later come back for a few weeks. Games like fallout. I love them. I play them for a few weeks and then wonder off wasting money and never getting a sense of completion. I use to write regularly and now don't at all. If I don't finish a book in two three days it isn't going to be read. And then I go through phases where l'll read a bunch of books on a row and then won't pick one up for 18 months.
I want to change this. I do commit to things ( i just finished a year long spiritual course, I have a master's degree, I work so I do follow through on things with schedules and expectations) but in my personal enjoyment life I just flutter to one thing to another even though I know I get enjoyment and a feeling of fulfillment from long term things.
What are things I can do to help myself hold on to my attention span on my personal life? I get enjoyment out of this stuff I mentioned and would like to have that more consistently.
I don't have ADHD. I also do not have a mood disorder. I've been evaluated by enough psychiatrists over the years to know it isn't those things.