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Best ADHD Time-Management Tips Contest
THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. Tell us your best stay-on-task tip for ADHD adults and kids and you could win an ADHD-friendly time-management tool!
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For a chance to win one of 10 Time Timers and Time Timer mobile apps, share your best tip for children and adults with ADD/ADHD to juggle activities and schedules. You could win a tool designed to help you or your loved one with ADD/ADHD keep track of their activities and tasks -- whether it's completing homework on time, getting household chores done, juggling daily schedules, showing up on time to meetings and appointments, or finishing projects.

Prizes: Ten winners, selected at random, will receive a Time Timer (the 3-inch square size) and a Time Timer mobile app (available for the iPad and the iPhone).time timer

To Enter: For a chance to win one of 10 time-management tools from Time Timer, leave a comment sharing your best time-management tip, good for ADD/ADHD adults, kids, or both. What strategies do you employ to ensure that you or your loved one keeps track of the most important items on her or his schedule? Ten ADDConnect members who leave a comment will be selected at random to win these great prizes from Time Timer.

Note: To be considered, you must have an account with ADDConnet and must log in with a valid email address to leave a comment. Those who do not will not be including in the drawing.

Deadline: The Best ADHD Time-Management Tips Contest begins at 10 a.m. EST on August 1, 2011, and ends on October 15, 2011. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 15, 2011. To see full rules, click here.

Good luck!


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I have a pin a received from a race I did that reads “Stay On The Path” superimposed over a maze. The pin normally lives next to my T.V., and every time I look at it I ask myself “what should I really be doing?” This helps to keep on track and not zone out for extended periods of time. I also will put the pin next to my phone (which I use as a timer) when I am working on a project to limit the amount of time I spend daydreaming. My concentration is good for about 20 minutes, so I will set the alarm on my phone for 25 minutes with a 5 minute break. I keep a scrap of paper next to me while I am working that I can write down the other things that pop into my head on.  When it is time for a break I look at the scrap of paper and see if there is anything I can do in 5 minutes, if not I add them to the to-do list on my phone.

By EAMart on Monday, August 01, 2011 at 7:30 pm.

Break homework tasks into smaller chunks. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and encourage child to focus/finish within that timeframe…when each portion is completed allow a 1-2 mintue break before restarting the clock.

By cat109 on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 4:31 am.

For me it is all about the lists.  I start each work day by printing out a detailed to-do list with larger tasks broken down into steps.  I try to make sure no single step will take longer than 30 minutes with most taking only 10-15 minutes.  The natural motivation of seeing things be marked off keeps me going.  I have never completed a list in a day, but I swear one day I will.

By erindipity on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 3:56 pm.

I set the calendar on my phone with the title being the task that I have to do or remember and the time being when I must do it by and with an alarm a specified amount of time ahead, anywhere from 15 min. to 3 days, with a notable, alarm sound of some length, and try to keep the volume set high.  I can set it as repeating, for either weekdays or weekends.  It’s not enough, I need to add other strategies to it, but it is one assistance I use regularly.

By mklmsw on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 5:15 pm.

My son uses his IPOD as a timer when working on something that challenges his focus. He sets it for a minimal amount of time that isn’t overwhelming.  (Maybe even just 5 minutes.)  He knows he can handle at least that five minutes.  When that goes off, he resets it for another small amount of time.  Usually after a few times, he’s more in the groove, and able to do a good chunk of work…he’s more confident that he can complete whatever the assignment is.

By cavy3 on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 10:11 pm.

My idea is to make good use of those colorful rubber bracelets (you know the ones shaped all crazy the kids love!) My thought is to take 5 of the bracelets and have each of my children put them on in the AM as they get dressed. Working backwards, removing each bracelet equals a step to getting out the door. (They know they can’t wear them to school, so taking them off would be in their best interest before going out the door anyway). Each time they complete a task, they remove a bracelet, and that helps them keep track rather than making a list and crossing things off. This is more fun. They can even check each other for bracelets as a game before they head out. You could also use this idea for subjects in school /Homework assignments (each color might be a subject).Red might be Science HW, etc. It fosters independence and is concrete enough and visual at the same time. Those bracelets are abundant in our house and for those who did not buy them, they are very inexpensive. Teachers could even adapt this in school somehow for the younger children to learn how to do steps toward a goal…The possibilities are endless!

By 4ps on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 11:39 pm.

Taking 5 minute breaks every hour at work has helped me stay on track. It’s not that I head out the door to get away from my desk (although I do that too occasionally) but taking a 5 minute check-in to see where I am, what I have accomplished so far and what is still on my to-do list once an hour really helps me stay on track. Of course, when I don’t do it I tend to get overwhelmed and lose my “sense of direction.” I understand the importance of these breaks and look forward to checking in with myself.

By ameliacn on Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 4:51 am.

I use Google calendar using linked email and text messaging to keep up with upcoming events.  The Time Timer seems like it would be a wonderful way to keep up with the “in the moment” goings on as hyperfous can get in the way of accomplishing a full to do list.

By joeyrella on Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 7:10 am.

I use electronic kitchen timers and post it notes. I have half a dozen kitchen timers at home, one labeled and stay in each activity room. If I start something I set the timer to short durations, usually 30mins and leave next to what I’m doing. The alarm will call me back in case I get distracted midway and walk out of the room. I also stick post it notes to places I have to look and touch, like on the bathroom mirror at eye level, on the front door knob, on my shoe or handbag or the pillow. This way I won’t missed them totally or they gone stale and became part of the furniture after a while. I also keep many post it pads and pens around the house and my office for easy access. They are quick and useful.

By floz on Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 1:48 pm.

If I have a big project that I have been planning for a while I will take advantage of a hyperfocus moment, reminding myself that the project needs to be finished before the hyperfocus disappears. That will usually keep me going till I am finished. And I use lots of timers and sticky notes.

By Rancher John on Thursday, August 04, 2011 at 12:44 am.
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