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ADHD 'R Us.

Sometimes I wonder if I should have myself tested for ADHD. I seem to flit between the dozen or so projects I have like the developer's equivalent of a social butterfly.

This week, I've done the following:

  • Added support for color syntax highlighting of MUF source code to Trebuchet's editor.
  • Fixed four or five bugs in FuzzBall Muck 6.00.
  • Bought $350 of graphic novels to read, and read a quarter of them already.
  • Stress tested FurryMuck's new server machine.
  • Debugged a couple issues in the FB6 server when used with FurryMuck's DB.
  • Wrote a chapter of my document in progress about how to best write MUF code for FB6.
  • Read my customary dozen web comics a day.
  • Worked on designing a new faster back end for Belfry.com.
  • Read the book "The Blood Jaguar".
  • Read a half dozen short stories from the net.
  • Kept up with CNN.com, slashdot.com, newsforge.com, stratfor.com, and flayrah.com.
  • Rewrote parts of cmd-page to take advantage of FB6.
  • Oh yeah, and Worked 8 hours a day, so I'd get paid.


And that's just the stuff I recall. I never seemed to work for very long at any one task, except reading the book. This really isn't atypical of me either. (Well, normally I don't buy so many graphic novels at once.) I am constantly interrupting myself with other things, and distracting myself.

Is there such a thing as Data Addiction? If so, I have it. I'm always and constantly finding new things to read, online and off. Always finding new things to code to hold my attention. Always splitting myself among multiple tasks and projects.

I have to wonder if this isn't a bit unhealthy.

Comments

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jeran
Sep. 19th, 2001 08:45 am (UTC)
Theory: people who work with computers a lot, especially programming and related kinds of work, or who tackle seriously large intellectual tasks like seriously hairy math regularly, tend to use more of the working parts of their brains and thus multitask more and better than so-called normal people. Once you've gotten enough of your mind turned on to juggle a hundred thousand lines of code in your head while debugging it, it takes a lot to absorb that capacity the rest of the time. Same as with muscles, if you think about it.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 19th, 2001 12:30 pm (UTC)
TuftEars sez...
The Blood Jaguar is a great book, isn't it?

Yeah, data addiction is real. ('gryn)
feren
Sep. 20th, 2001 05:51 pm (UTC)
Hmmm....
If I didn't know better, I'd say you were doing speed or something to keep up that pace. If that were the case, I'd be asking "Why aren't you sharing?" But I can relate. My job has kept me on tippytoes and running at mach 3 for so long that it's only been in the last six months that I've begun to remember what it's like to not be awake 20 hours a day.
quoting_mungo
Sep. 26th, 2001 06:40 am (UTC)
My theory is that there are as many addictions as there are things to do. It's just that not all of them are defined as addictions.

Mrr... I know about easily distracted, though, I am myself, only, I never seem to get any of the things I distract myself with acctually DONE.

Biggest disadvantage to doing so many things at once is that people will think of you as scatterbrained.


-Alexandra
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