What is the Infinity Drawer?

Hello friends,

People with ADHD are often surrounded by piles of clutter.

This is actually a form of self-preservation. Even when you don't know you have ADHD, your brain knows if things are out of sight, they become permanently out of mind.

I used to hate it when my mom would "help" by cleaning my room or organizing my desk.

"But I'll never be able to find anything again!" I would think. And I would be right.

When things are out in the open, I can build a physical memory palace. I know where things live because I can see them. I can visualize connections between different items. I know exactly where everything is, despite the appearance of a tornado strike.

However, if I take something from the mess and put it into a closed drawer—I will never think of that thing again. Unless something else reminds me it exists, it doesn't really exist.

The contents of a closed drawer become lost for all time.

I call it the infinity drawer because it is boundless and endless. There's no limit to what it can hold. Anything can fall out of my head and land inside the infinity drawer.

Maybe it's a task I do for work every day, maybe it's an app I check regularly, maybe it's a friend or even a family member. One day I accidentally leave them in the drawer, and it's like they no longer exist.

They aren't lost. Not permanently. Somewhere in my brain the memory of that thing does still exist. But it is indefinitely locked away until something reminds me to go looking for them. The pathways to navigate there have been broken.

They are lost to infinity.

Stay focused,

Jesse J. Anderson

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