When I purchased my first house in December of 2006, I had no idea I was now living next to a gentleman who in the summer - kept his lawn in such impeccable condition, it was as if he was ready to personally host Tiger Woods as he worked on his short game (I did say it was 2006)
He laughed and said with his heavy Portuguese accent - “eh-pa, noooo… You have-a to do it yourself… it make-a a man of you… you feel-a more betta when u do it yourself” (exactly how I heard it)
So I was on my own. I would usually start off strong, mowing my lawn each week May, even into the first week or so of June, then I’d start getting lazy about it. I’d rather be at the beach, or I was working too much and wouldn’t get home until after dark. Then at some point in July - I’d cut it wicked short and let the hot sun just kill it so my yard would then turn into a giant dust field. Later on in the summer into the fall, I’d try to get to it every other week… or 3, but just before October, I’d give it one final cut and put the mower away for the winter.
Here’s some self observations on cutting the grass & shoveling snow
- When mowing - typically, as I get 75% done, I find myself admiring the cut area and lines - which pushes me to get it done.
- After that - it’s about a 50/50 shot that I’m going to use the weed-wacker or leaf-blower to clean up. Really depends on how I’m feeling, but regardless - the next day when I come home from work - I’ll stop and admire the neatness and organization of the lawn.
When shoveling snow (and yes, I have a shovel, no snow-blower, although I’m pushing for one after last winter) - I am not satisfied until I see the ground, and I like to have straight lines, wide-enough entrances, etc. I’ll be meticulous in this, even shovel a path to the oil-tank connections. I want it as clear as possible, and feel ultimate satisfaction when it looks clean.
If I’m home during a snow-storm, I’ll go out and shovel down after 3-4 inches has fallen, and continue to do so until the end of the storm.
REGARDLESS OF SNOW OR MOW I find I’m more apt to pay more attention to detail in the morning.
Between the times of 1-5pm forget it. After 5pm, I’m back into that meticulous mind-set.
I find a lot of similarities about being meticulous with other things:
- My Drum Set & My Gig Equipment
- When I set up a sound system - even temporary
- When I enter multiple dates of a similar event for my team at work
- File names for documents and spreadsheets
For me - I’ve noticed that lists are helpful & color coordination on a calendar is key.
(Especially helpful with Google Calendar App)
I will loose myself in the organizational aspect of it, even take time to go back and re-do every title and list in order to match a new system that’s being implemented.
I’ve never claimed to be an expert, but I tend to think that some similarities can be found with a large number of the people who live with ADHD.
So there ya go - a small peek into my mind.