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Time Management

My time management skills stink. I never knew it had anything to do with my having ADHD. My therapist and I are going to work on doing things about this. I need to get more organized and have time management be in place.

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Something I find helpful at home when i have things I need to get done is to set a timer.  I will set it for 15 minute blocks and it is very helpful as I have learned things usually don’t take as much time as I think and it helps me get things done that I put off doing til the last minute.

Mitzi

Posted by Mitzi Maine on Apr 03, 2014 at 1:22am

That’s a pretty common complaint among the ADD clients who come to me for help.  You’re definitely not alone, JollyHolly!

Time management is really an umbrella term for a complex set of skills and behaviors that need to come for us to use time efficiently and effectively.  So many common ADHD challenges affect it: difficulty regulating attention/staying on task; difficulty with time perception/time blindness; impulse control; difficulty with estimating how long tasks take; planning; organization; calendar management; task management, etc.

There’s a lot that can be done for someone with ADHD to improve any and all of these aspects—depending on where their struggles are.  Making whatever they work on pay off much more than the effort that is required is really important.

You’re lucky to have found a therapist who can help you with the practical piece—that’s pretty unusual! 

Let us know what works for you, and keep us posted!

Good luck,

Lynne Edris, ACG
Life & ADD Coach
http://www.CoachingADDvantages.com

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Apr 03, 2014 at 1:32am

Thank you ladies. I never realized this was all part of it. I am glad that it is starting to make sense. Thank you.

Posted by Jollyholly1967 on Apr 03, 2014 at 2:36am

Hi, JollyHolly!  Time management is a definite challenge for me, too.  Like you I had no idea that it was part of my ADD, but even before I was diagnosed, I started working on it.

I use my “tools” to keep my schedule and while that may make some people a little crazy, it works for me.

I have alarms set on the computer, on my smart phone and my tablet.  I have a PIM program on the computer to manage my schedule so that I can print it out to take with me in my planner.  I have friends who call to remind me of things, too.  To them, I appear as “together” as anyone could be, but they do understand that I have my tools to help me along.

The biggest problem I had was feeling like an utter failure when things did not go as planned.  It happens!  Do not give up on you or whatever tools you decide to use.  Just start over and keep going forward.  If Rome was not built in a day, a lifetime of poor time management skills will not go away in a day either.

Keep us posted on how you are progressing!

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Apr 03, 2014 at 11:14am

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Hope you share.  Good luck finding something that will help.
Posted by dmtaylor89 on Apr 02, 2014 at 10:59pm

Posted by adhdmomma on Apr 03, 2014 at 4:31pm

I so understand what you’re going through as I have it myself.  My time perceptions are “now” and “not now.”  I am thinking about getting an ADHD Coach but am not sure how to find one locally and how much they cost.  Any ideas on how to find one?  I am at my wit’s end!  I hate having my diagnosis mess with my life.  For example, I am sitting here at the computer and I should have shut it down an hour ago to do an errand.  Grrrrr!  I’m going to follow this thread as there are lots of excellent tips so far!

Posted by Missed That on Apr 04, 2014 at 12:05am

Hi Missed That! (Love that name!)

Those are definitely the kinds of things we work on in coaching. I think that’s the best place to find a well – trained ADHD coach is the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO, http://www.ADHDcoaches.org).

You can search their database for coaches by specialty, which is much more important than by geography. Like me, most of us work with clients from all over the world, by phone, internet, etc.  The most important part, obviously, is appropriate training, which the ACO requires of its members, and that you are comfortable with the coach’s personality and style of coaching. Most of us offer complimentary phone or Skype consultations, so you can talk to a few coaches and find one that you’re very comfortable with.

I hope that helps!

Good luck,

Lynne Edris, ACG
Life & ADHD Coach
http://www.CoachingADDvantages.com

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Apr 04, 2014 at 12:34am

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