I accidentally discovered that some of my most productive days are when I am sick or tired (or both…ha ha!). My theory is that being sick (or tired) means that my A.D.D. brain can’t go at warp speed and it slows down enough to focus on the task at hand.
Sometimes I can “force” focusing on a project by doing an all-nighter. That way I’m so tired that whatever energy I have left I can only use to focus on the task at hand and there is no energy to focus on anything else which means, of course, there is no energy left to get distracted. But this comes at a terrible price. If I am tired then after I finish task X I feel burnt out. So I am only temporarily productive and then become even less productive after that task has been finished. In addition, the trick of pulling all-nighters is not working that well anymore. I’m losing the stamina necessary to fight the A.D.D. and stay focused. So when I pull an all-nighter I might not have that second wind that I always depended on to finish the task at hand.
[edited on July 5, 2007 @5:12pm]