Back-to-School Sweepstakes: Win a Time Timer!

Enter to win one of three Time Timer MOD + Dry Erase Boards — a great tools for managing mornings — by answering this question below: What routines, incentives, tools, and tricks does your family use to help the morning run more smoothly?

ADHD Brains Hate Mornings

ADHD brains whirl and buzz and stew and wonder late into the night; we struggle to fall asleep and, therefore, the morning almost always comes way too early. On top of that, our brains hate transitioning, and the morning routine is just painful — so many executive functions being tested all at once. If your child has ADHD — or you have it yourself — you’ve probably devised some tricks and routines and incentives to help your morning run more smoothly. Everyone is different, but we’d love to hear what works for you.

How Time Timer Helps

At all times of day, people with ADHD often need ‘external cues’ to help them stay on task, prioritize projects, and set limits. For this, a favorite tool among ADDitude readers is the Time Timer — the visual timer that has helped people manage time for more than 20 years. Now, the Time Timer® MOD + Dry Erase Board allows you to list out three to five critical morning tasks, and assign a time limit to each. Empower your children to start managing their own morning routines by timing each task and checking it off as it’s completed. Or use it to get yourself in a routine. Repeat until it’s all second nature.

The Time Timer MOD + Dry Erase Board comes with a removable Time Timer MOD and a dry erase board that includes a caddy on back to easily store dry erase markers.

Enter to Win a Time Timer

To win one of three Time Timer® MOD + Dry Erase Board (a $53.45 value each), use the Comments section below to tell us: What routines, incentives, tools, and tricks does your family use to help the morning run more smoothly?


Monday, September 30, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST.


Only Comments posted with a valid email address will be considered valid entries. One entry per household per day. The editors of ADDitude will select two winners at random and notify them via email on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
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Updated on September 13, 2019

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  1. We get everything ready the night before (clothes/lunch/backpack), wake up for meds 30 minutes before actual “get out of bed” time, and utilize a “launch pad” right by the door so we don’t forget things. (although with 3 of us, it doesn’t always work).

  2. We homeschool so we use a chalkboard checklist, daily agendas and morning powwows to clarify expectations and the extra events of the day. We try to get items for sports or dance classes ready and put on the launchpad on the weekends to avoid the last minute scramble.

  3. We get as much ready the night before as we can, clothes laid out, backpacks and shoes, lunch items. I have lots of alarms set to keep us on track. It seems excessive but it keeps my ADHD brain on task. Wake up, wake kids up, get dressed, eat, brush teeth, etc…

  4. Unfortunately with all of us having ADHD we don’t have much of a set schedule. So I would first use the timer to help myself. I think if I had better time management skills, I could then pass better skills to my kids. I would also be calmer I think if I wasn’t always rushing and getting nowhere in the end.

  5. We prepare the night before. We have clothes laid out and backpack ready. It still takes 30 minutes to just put one shoe on though. Sometimes racing helps. Rewards in the morning rarely work as a motivator.

  6. In order to get our morning rolling, I have a wipeboard on the wall with each of my kids’ names, a column for TO-DO and DONE, and a magnet for each of the tasks they need to do. As they complete each task they are to move that task magnet from the TO-DO to the DONE column to help them visually see what has been accomplished and what is left. We also utilize our Alexa to set timers as often as possible, but a visual aid would be awesome!

  7. Dollar store kitchen timers! I work with kids with ADHD who stress and struggle every AM, and the one thing the kids love are these timers that I give out as a prize. They love being in charge of setting the time and competing with the clock, or other siblings to get morning tasks done!
    A checklist on a clipboard hanging on the back of the bedroom door or posted on the fridge is an excellent reminder. I encourage parents to redirect the kids to the list if they become distracted— a nonverbal prompt such as pointing or simply saying one word- ‘checklist!?’ beats yelling a million times. After each item is completed they can check it off and work towards prizes each week. Parent and child can determine the # of checks needed to cash in for a prize, and decide together what the reward will be.
    As a bonus for getting ready early, they can play a game or watch tv until it’s time to leave. I use a clear sheet protector for the checklist and it wipes off just like a dry erase board. Saves paper and time not having to rewrite all the time.
    I have ADHD too so I’d love to win this thing!!!

  8. We have a visual list of tasks, prep the night before, and use “I Love You Rituals,” which are little rituals we share like singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and then tickling them at the end of the song, to get them moving and motivated.

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