The Challenge: Trying Something New

Let’s try something a bit more personal today. Something from my own experience: starting something new. Well, at least, the attempt at starting something new. You know it, I know it, it’s all about:


In fact, I’ve procrastinated on this piece and probably doing it right now (it’s literally taken me a month to get to this part 🤦‍♂️). But hey, slow progress is progress, right? 

Anyway, starting something new when you have any form of ADHD is hard. Even for someone with a mild form of it (Ha! Because the blog’s name is mild ADHD, get it? Never mind). Of course, there are people who enjoy new things! Shiny new thing syndrome is what they call it, I think? 

But how about those who struggle with it? Cause I definitely do. I definitely feel the struggle with procrastinating doing something new because of FOMO (fear of missing out) and the chance that I’m probably just wasting my time.

I guess that’s pretty normal for most people: we start new things because other people did and we don’t want to miss out. We overanalyze what we just started because we don’t want to waste time. We get tired of overanalyzing, so what was the point of starting anyway, so let’s just push it off to the side and go back to something we were comfortable in. It’s a never-ending cycle. 

That’s a feeling I get every time I open a new tab, actually. I’m one of those people who’s got a bajillion windows open with a bajillion more tabs in each window. That’s what I call Multiple Monitor Syndrome 😄. Anyway, whenever I open a new tab on a topic that I am really interested in. Right now, it’s all about side hustles for me (not like it’s working out though). 

What I do is: Don’t read it immediately. You know, just let it sit on the side for a bit while there’s probably something more interesting for me to read on the other sea of tabs that I have open. So, that would probably lead you down a one-hour to one-day, even, rabbit hole of ignoring that new tab that you opened because you thought that Wikipedia article about Bermuda grass now got you thinking about what other kinds of grass in the world there are.

And finally, the end of the process: That new tab just becomes a new, neglected member of your family of neglected tabs. That’s when you go back to YouTube because it’s way easier to find a new topic to get interested in again to go back to square one and repeat everything again.

In the end, it would have probably been easier to just go back to the new tab and finish what you started, would have taken five minutes, tops, huh?

I don’t have a name for this yet, other than maybe, Fear At Startingnew Tabs. Yep. Rolls of the tongue.

Anyway, this is probably the part where I share what can help you to overcome this, because I definitely did, right?!

Well, this is still a problem for me, lol. So, I’d love to do some research on this and get something going but the whole thing I described above is probably going to happen. 

However, if you’ve got tips or something that you’d like to share, leave it in the comments or just hit me up in the box at [email protected].

Thanks to the two and a half people who read this.

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