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I'm still not convinced pomodoro works very well when you're suffering from an executive processing disorder.

Sure, it seems like it would help ADHD sufferers, but whenever I try to use it (diagnosed ADHD) I end up either ignoring the bell for two reasons. Either a) I've dropped into hyper-focus and there exists nothing but what I'm working on until I get derailed or b) I've been involuntarily context-switching the entire time and my lower frustration threshold kicks in and I lose motivation to continue the process.

Hyper-focus is great for getting things done. It's not good for eating healthy, meeting family obligations, or being aware of anything going on around you at more than a superficial level. It is also difficult to engage hyper-focus on purpose for things that you aren't at least 80% interested in.

The opposite is also frustrating. Things capture my attention and send me spiraling off on brief tangents and diversions. Worse, some of these things may trigger hyper-focus themselves. A video playing somewhere in my field of vision has a good chance of capturing my attention.

Yes, things are better on meds, but it's not like my brain becomes normal... it just has some of the edges filed off. And if I'm dealing with stress, that cuts right through the meds and reactivates a bunch of my mal-adaptive coping strategies.

Much more effective to me is just to be kind to myself and find ways to make what I'm doing more interesting (making things elegant, working on the hard parts first) or require less attention to complete (chopping things up, lists).

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