The concept of time for those of us with ADHD is a fluid one. Sometimes it crawls and sometimes it flies by. Manage it?
Might as well try to herd cats.
(It’s one of my favorite videos. Sorry.)
While we do struggle with the concept of time and may not always manage it well, there are some things that we can do to help.
Here are 5 time management tips for ADDers:
1. Install an analog clock in your bedroom, kitchen, or wherever you seem to lose track of time. An analog clock has hands instead of digital numbers and is an excellent visual reminder of the passing of time. If you are doing this for a child, be sure they know how to read one. You’d be surprised.
2. If your house is one that always has the TV going, especially on the same programs – like the news in the morning – you can judge time that way. If the weather is on, for instance, you’re running late. This idea also works for kids. In addition, you can use it to help them judge time – when Sponge Bob is over, it’s time to get ready to leave.
3. Get as much done ahead of time as possible. Don’t wait til morning to make lunches when you can do it the night before. Choose and lay out your clothes the night before.
4. Estimate how long things take you to get done and then test that for a few days. You may find that you think it takes you 20 minutes to get to work when it’s really closer to 30. Try this with your kids too. Ask them how long they take in the shower and then time them.
5. Always build in extra time. Add at least 10-15 minutes to the time you think you will need, even if you’ve done step #4 and have a good idea. Playing beat the clock is stressful and unnecessary.
What time management tips can you share?