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Is Your Inner Clock Set to "ADHD Time?"

Unfortunately (at least, for those of us with ADHD) we live in a clock-driven world. Catch up to the rest with these tips for keeping track of time with an ADHD brain.

17 Comments: Is Your Inner Clock Set to "ADHD Time?"

  1. Agree with the first comment. Demoralising attitude of the author is problematic and not in keeping with the Empowering and normalising spirit of other articles on this site. Defo not what I needed this morning

  2. Agree with the first comment. Demoralising attitude is the author is problematic and not in keeping with the Empowering and normalising spirit of other articles on this site. Defo not what I needs this morning

  3. Oh my gosh, I HATE BASEBALL. And golf. I would rather sit in front of a wall and watch paint dry. I actually went to an Astros game once and was in full-on hyper bouncy mode because I was just sitting there with zero stimulation.

  4. What am I missing when he says its no longer called ADD like its inappropriate? Is ADHD used as the blanket term for all of us? I don’t have the hyperactivity component. Never have. So…?

    1. Yes, the current terminology is ADHD – Inattentive Type, ADHD-Hyperactive Impulsive, and ADHD-Combined Type.

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

  5. Thank you Raya. I sometimes feel just as frustrated as several people in the comments. Why are we constantly asking people not to be themselves? We teach each other to shame and guilt trip each other for these things too.
    Wee don’t need to repeat the damaging things that don’t help.

  6. “All you have to do is snap out of the twilight zone….” Really? Is that all? 🤤

    And the rocket science comment….🙄

    Are these little comments necessary? We out here in “la-la land” get plenty of this from normal people in the world…this should be a supportive and encouraging space… 🚀 for our kind 👽🦄🤹‍♀️

    P.S. You failed to provide ANY helpful let alone actionable advice about time management with ADHD other than getting a coach/tutor/friend… I have a very highly qualified therapist and still struggle to get anywhere even remotely on time…so not a panacea by any means…

    Anyway…must be getting back….they miss me in the twilight zone 👩‍🎤🐲⚠️

    1. I totally agree. The facinating thing is that “ time happens all at once” is exactly how I always perceived time. I do live in the “Twilight zone” when I am home, or not working. This is the way it was as far as I can remember. It is also what made me miss my childhood, when I grew up to become an adult, and had to adjust to what for me is an unnatural and mechanical way of being in this world. A good coach should not take this wonderful feeling away. Most of us think we have to fight it, so that we get things done. Why not try living with it? It is a gift, and do think about this; from the prospect of physics, time does happen “all at once”. I am staying in the Twilight Zone, and believe it or not, I do get things done. Remember what was expected of left-handed people in the past? Don’t twist your brains to “be normal”. Just be, trust yourself. A good coach will help you to get to know your facinating mind, and trust it.

    2. All of that and some. With those comments I question their experience with adhd or maybe they are one of those lucky folks whose bread and butter don’t rely on punching a clock and they have plenty of support. As a single homeowner who’s pretty much pissed off all her friends and family with her wonderful time management skills – I have no one to turn to. And on top of all that I can barely afford the regular counseling sessions that only serve to determine if my adderall needs to be set to a higher dose. And theres the cost of the adderall ( generics) themselves to consider as well. These forums and other reference materials have been my only means of trying to grow and improve – I got sidetracked as always – this article was quite offensive. To anyone who thinks this issue is a matter of snapping out of it lol. Wow just wow.

    3. This was as helpful as being told to “be more positive, and just stop worrying,” in the middle of a panic attack. Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) ADHD makes me feel hopeless and embarrassed, and there is nothing worse than being put on the spot when you’re late, or you miss an appointment, or forget something, and your “carelessness,” “disrespect,” and “lack of regard for others,” is pointed out in a social situation, or in front of others. I frequently fear letting people down, or inconveniencing others, to the point of becoming paralyzed when I try to begin a task, even as basic as just getting dressed. Inevitably, my intentions of doing better, and changing my habits are defeated, and there is no feeling as awful as the guilt of letting others down, and letting myself down.

      – “So what are we to do? Flunk out of school, get fired from job after job, lose one relationship after another — all because of our different sense of time? Sometimes that’s exactly what happens. But there is a better way.”

      This ^… I have a flurry of comments and emotions in my head. Yes, this better way of essentially trying to not have ADHD is obviously the answer!
      Having ADHD means that I have to constantly monitor myself. I have 4 clocks in my room, alarms on my phone, I wear a watch, I have a planner, a phone calendar, post it’s, and it’s EXHAUSTING! I often just avoid social situations, avoid making plans, commitments, promises. I’m different. That’s okay. My daily goals are often to just wake up and get dressed, and eventually leave the house. That’s better than no goal.

      1. Yes. Why does it take me 2 hours to get out of bed, dress and take meds. Finally at 1 or 2 pm i eat my first meal of day.

      2. All of that wow I thought I was the only one depressed at the thought of leaving because I always know the end result is that I’m going to be late and no one just lets that slide. I hate it. And on the occassion I manage to be on time and god forbid a little early it’s like hitting the lottery. And job interviews are the worst because they all ask you if you’ll show up on time – lol all you can do is lie lol because even though they technically can’t discriminate you can’t prove that they did. Every job I’ve ever had I’ve outperformed just about everyone and put in more hours – and they still never let me forget that I’m late to work. I’ve been working over 25 years and I’ve had to resort to getting letters for medical accommodations just to stay employed – what’s worse is people who don’t have adhd think our symptoms are the same as everyone else who just doesn’t feel like working or getting up on time. I have to update my letter every 90 days as if this is going to finally magically disappear. And it has no impact on the amount of work I actually get done or my ability to do my job ( as long as I take my meds) – this is exhausting. And I aware the more I stress about it the later I am. Ugh worst article ever

      3. I agree that every day can be a struggle and unless you gave ADHD, nobody really truly understands how difficult it is . I always know when my meds wear off and how different I feel when it does.

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