My manager thinks i have a bad memory. i don't.

I think I have adult onset ADHD and really need help to stay focused.

My manager micromanages and half or more of the stuff she says, goes in one ear and out the other. I can look at her and she could be talking for 20 minutes, and I barely hear a word she says. My brain is in a million other thoughts. I frequently zone out. Not that I do a bad job, my work is around 90% excellent and I show up every day, usually 10 minutes early. But, she gets mad when I don't remember what she tells me. How can she be mad when I didn't even hear it to begin with?
Either I'm 33 years old with dementia or ADD sucks. I can't focus or pay attention....

Is It Normal?
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  • Most people are terrible listeners. You can practice to get better and you can take notes. But if you don't want to listen or pay attention to someone then there is not much you can do.

    You're really not that different than others. Most of us in a meeting or conference can think of a thousand things we rather be doing. You have to focus to do it, you have to make whatever they are saying the most important thing to you at that time.

    Good luck

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  • If you don't have a bad memory then where did I leave my car keys?

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  • Some people have a way of speaking that's really hard to follow. I have a coworker who I'll understand every word he said, but I can't figure out for the life of me what he was trying to convey

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  • I know what you mean man. I have the same issue. If someone rants a lot its really hard for me to follow I space out. I feel like most ideas can be articulated within 10 seconds. But some people seem to rant for 5 minutes and make 20 different points and in the end theres no conclusion. I want to just say "can you just get to the point plz"

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