My Twelve Minute Brain

Short-Attention-Span-Brain-by-Steph-AbbottEach day, I follow a certain schedule. Change is infrequent, but I am flexible and only to a point. My patience has limits.

In fact, there is a specific window of time before my patience has met its limit—twelve minutes.

Twelve minutes is about as long as I can wait for just about anything:

  • Waiting to be seen by a doctor
  • A cup of coffee
  • A pot of spaghetti
  • A batch of cookies
  • A movie’s exposition
  • Crying
  • Complaining
  • Folding laundry
  • Searching for the other sock
  • Internet searches
  • Doodling
  • Planning for times when an activity will take longer than 12 minutes

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of all the things for which I might wait minutes. It just reflects the amount of time I can stay focused to write this blog post.


©2014 Stephanie Abbott. All rights reserved.
Sunday, November 16, 2014. I wrote “My Twelve Minute Brain” this morning. I followed a writing prompt from Daily Prompt, “Waiting Room”: “’Good things come to those who wait.’ Do you agree? How long is it reasonable to wait for something you really want?” As my patience was about up, I created the image, “Short Attention Span Brain” based on a pencil sketch of a brain done by my son for his own short story, “The Land of Knowledge.” I created this doodle using ArtRage 4 on my laptop.

6 responses to “My Twelve Minute Brain”

  1. Hahaha! How did you pinpoint it at 12 minutes?

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  2. Oddly, it’s what seems to feels comfortable lately. For so many years, I could focus on a task for hours. I’d get lost in the details. Now, not so much.


  3. “Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.”
    Joyce Meyer


  4. Good title…It drew me in!!! Judy


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