After this I’ll actually have to put effort into these things…oh dear.
Today me and my dad talked about distraction. Dad started by asking me why I was underachieving in school and I said I don’t know, which was partially untrue because the answer was most likely to be thinking about other things. Which I thought would then in turn make him think “video games” and get him to lock up my computer, so I went with the other half which was I don’t know.
Naturally he asked if it was distractions anyway and I said yeah probably. His next question was how to get rid of them.
That’s where it got interesting.
You see, as I told him, there wasn’t any real simple way to “get rid of” distractions for me. I’m not sure what it is, whether it’s ADHD or Asperger’s, but you can put me in a bare concrete cell and give me my homework to do and it won’t get done measurably faster. You see, even in the absence of Internet or game-capable devices or even reading material (I’ve been known to freeread my textbooks) my brain will embark on an imaginative journey of distraction.
I have what is called an eidetic imagination. If the average Joe’s imagination paints a picture in grainy black-and-white 2D, mine’s a 3D hologram with surround sound and HD. Yeah, it’s that much more detailed. What this means is that in the absence of external stimuli my brain will manufacture its own so yeah. That doesn’t work.
Therefore the question becomes not how to get rid of distractions, since that is impossible, but how to overcome and ignore them. This is better anyway because at some point I’m going to have to concentrate with distractions in the area and if I’ve developed the skills to handle it I’ll be able to…well, handle it. That sounded better in surround sound. Stop laughing.
In any case the issue doesn’t become trying to choke my access to the Internet, video games, TV or other various stimuli, because even without that I’ll distract myself just as efficiently. Coping skills must be developed.