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Late Again? (Day 26)

Posted by Mindy Katz on October 26, 2015 in Flourish with ADHD, Tips & Tools |

You are running out the door. Late. Again.

How does that keep happening?

If you’ve tried planning, time management and self-discipline and still run late you may want to try a different approach.

One problem may be your ability to track time. Many folks with ADHD find they are missing an innate sense of time passing and the ability to predict how much time a task may take.

In addition, good intentions can be sabotaged by cognitive distortions. I call them the lies we tell ourselves. You’re working on a project and the alarm goes off to remind you it’s time to go, you tell yourself “I’m going to do one more thing.” Or the family is walking out of the house and settling into the car and you say “I need to do one more thing.” Or you decide I have a few minutes, I think I’ll fix the leak under the sink thinking “this will be easy.”

The first step to overcoming these pitfalls is to know that they are out there waiting for you. Even if you watch the clock or set an alarm, these lies can fake you out.

You set your alarm to make sure that you have enough time to get ready in the morning. Every morning, if you want “five more minutes” you hit the snooze button. If you were to turn it off and then roll over you most probably would oversleep, right?

It’s the same concept for other tasks during the day.

  • Figure out when you need to leave in order to be on time and add 15 minutes.  Write it down and put it where you will see it.
  • Set a pre-reminder alert that lets you know you will need to wrap up soon.
  • Set backup alarms in case you “need to do one more thing” and lose track of time.
  • Plan ahead, have everything you will need pre-set at the door.
  • Have someone check in with you to make sure you are following these steps!

Let me know how I can help you be on time.

#adhdawareness #adhd #oneof15m

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