I pick up one thread, follow it for a bit, grab several more along the way, and before I know it, I’m holding a tangled ball of yarn.
This sounds familiar to me. I’ve been putting my difficulties with planning and prioritization down to the fact that I can’t visualize because of aphantasia. Several people, including at least one who also has aphantasia, tell me that this can’t be the case: if I’ve never been able to visualize, there’s no reason why I’d attempt to rely on it for planning. I’d have developed an alternative approach. Anyway, whatever the cause, I’m really dreadful at planning, maintaining focus, imagining outcomes—and things often seem to land on top of me much sooner than expected. I’ve been experimenting with making and following to-do lists but they make me feel like a robot who can’t deviate from a program.