Breakdown or Just Offline?
I like to think offline. Wait...one minute...scratch the word like and replace it with "need".
I have always been an offline thinker. I do not study by agonizing over notes and text--I read everything in short segments once and then walk away from my books to do some random chore, take a bath, or read a few pages of a book. When I come back, it's somehow all there in place.
When I write, I am never at the computer. I am washing dishes or playing with the dog outside.
When people talk to me about ideas, I stare at them blankly. At no point do I feel like I have processed what they just said. In fact, I probably would have difficulty repeating what we had just discussed. I let them know that I have to go do something else, and I will have an opinion or suggestion when I get back. Some people find that odd or annoying or maybe just plain inefficient.
I believe in the power of offline productivity. You may have to wait--there may be an unbearable delay--but you will get top-notch productivity in exchange for your patience.
It's difficult to explain to my husband, when he comes home and finds me covered in a blanket, from head to toe, in front of the TV, that I am writing a grant.
I may also have been having a nervous breakdown, given the tears and the gasping for breath, but that's when I do my best work.
It's weird...this thing called the brain.