Getting Places On Time with ADHD

  • Are you frequently late to meetings?
  • Do you miss important appointments?

Time management is frequently a challenge with ADHD.  Implement the following strategies to help you get places on time:

Set 2 Timers

Set one timer to sound at the time you need to leave your house, office or other location.  This is the time when you must leave.  Set the other timer for 10 minutes before you need to leave.  The first timer to sound is your reminder to transition to leaving for your meeting or appointment.  When that first timer sounds, you need to stop whatever you are doing and prepare to leave.

Double the Time

Estimate how long it will take you to walk or drive to your appointment or meeting.  Double that estimate to determine when you need to leave.  (Take a book with you in case you get there early!)

Use Technology

Set reminders for important meetings and appointments on your smart phone or computer calendar.  I use Cozi calendar which allows me to set up to three reminders for each appointment.

Use Low Tech Reminders

In addition to setting electronic reminders, you can also use sticky notes or other notes on your wall to remind you about important appointments.  When using low tech options, make sure you only use a few.  More than three will crowd the wall and all of the reminders are likely to get lost in the shuffle.

If you apply these four time management strategies, you’ll have more success getting to those appointments and meetings on time.

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