ADD/ADHD and Time Managment

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I wrote a piece on ADD/ADHD and self-regulation (click here). For many people with ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning concerns, time management is a huge concern. Regularly being late becomes the norm and can cause tremendous amounts of stress. It seems like there’s never enough time and small details are often overlooked due to feeling rushed.

People with ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning Concerns have enough obstacles in life. Feeling rushed and/or being late puts even more stress on our ability to effectively function in our world. This can lead to even more functioning issues.  The chain reaction of being rushed or late will cause concerns at home, work, school and with peers. It becomes a vicious cycle.

When working with a client that is always late, I suggest a few strategies…

  • Prepare everything the night before
  • Put items like keys and wallet in the same place close to your exit
  • Wear a watch
  • Carry a smart phone with reminders

Identifying strategies for success are the key. Find something that works for you and implement it. My wife will often comment on my many routines, but that is how I am able to function. I still have my moments, but I try to stick with the system.

For those with time management issues, I strongly recommend a product called Time Timer. For those of you that aren’t familiar with it, it offers a visual clock that will count down to zero. I cannot stress how important it is to use visuals.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit and I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on FacebookDigg and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invited me as a guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at with any additional questions.


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