March Sweepstakes: Win a Time Timer!

Enter to win a Time Timer visual clock — one of our readers’ favorite tools for managing mornings, homework, screen time, work tasks, and more — by answering this question below: What is the most challenging time of day in your household — and why is it so rough?

ADHD is 24-7

For some, mornings are a chaotic blur of snoozed alarms, slapped-together breakfasts, tangled hair, and painful howls of “We’re late! We’re late!” For others, the afternoon witching hour — when medication has worn off and homework looms over the day’s stresses — is absolute torture. And still others lament their inability to turn off their brains and get to sleep on time each night. In short, ADHD is a 24-7 condition that impacts people in different ways, at different times of day (and night).

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. Designed to help manage the age-old question, “How much longer?” the Time Timer reinforces the concept of elapsed time and helps many families manage mornings, homework, screen time, and more.

Enter to Win a Time Timer

To win one Time Timer (a $39.45 value each), use the Comments section below to tell us: What is the most challenging time of day in your household — and why is it so rough?


Sunday, March 31, 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 Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
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  1. Transitioning from leisure time to dinner and bed! I always try to remember to give 15, 10 and 5 minute warnings before dinner, etc., but sometimes I forget when I’m busy myself or my warnings fall on deaf ears! Hard to get my child’s attention while he is doing his favorite activities!

  2. The morning!! Getting up and ready for school is the most challenging one hour of the whole day. From getting both my kids awake and at the breakfast table, all the way to getting out the door to the car. I think it’s so difficult because they are so tired that they can’t attempt to overcome their focus and attention problems.

  3. This really all depends on the day. My 10 year old son has to be on a schedule each day, which can be a huge struggle sine my schedule varies. I have found if he gets to sleep at a reasonable time mornings are easier, but there are still many time reminders throughout the mornings I’m home. After school is usually when the snapping our over reacting kicks in, unless I give him an hour or so to decompress. Forget about homework until his sister is asleep and there’s nothing else needing to be done. With him getting ready to enter middle school, I’m trying more and more to get him on a constant routine so he can succeed at school and home.

  4. Mornings are the worst because neither me or my son are morning people. I have to get ready for work while constantly checking on him to keep him on track. He zones out and loses huge chunks of time. We’re always running late. One of these timers might help us.

  5. The most challenging time of day for me is morning. When I have a list of things to do in my mind I find it hard to focus and work on one thing at a time!! I usually end up jumping from one thing to the next to the next to the next 🙈

  6. For me it would be the afternoon transitioning from school to lunch to doing homework and then going off and doing sports or other activities. Lots of reminding, sometimes nagging. My daughter tends to procrastinate between tasks. She finds it very difficult to initiate the next task or activity.

  7. After lunch! My husband and I share many of the same ADHD-isms, AND we run our own business together, AND we always go home to have lunch together (necessary), After lunch, the combined power of afternoon sleepiness and the bubbling up of all the little to-dos all day makes the clock VERY low-priority!

  8. The most difficult time of day in our household is morning. My son C is 9 and he wants very much to be independent, but he struggles with time management in the morning. Checklists haven’t been very good for him because he forgets what he is doing. Also, he sometimes forgets to look at the list.

    But maybe this timer would help? I think our digital clock doesn’t help him prepare because he can’t see how much time is left. When he was younger, say 6 or 7, he would panic if I told him we had 10 minutes left because he couldn’t figure out how long that really was.

  9. I don’t have kids in the house and I’m physically disabled, so most think I would have no troubles managing time or getting things done. Oh contraire! In the evening I like to spend a little time on pinterest or facebook to wind down. Far to often I get dragged into click after click after click and before I know it I was supposed go to sleep 2 and half hours ago. (It’s a quarter to 3am right now)

    A timer could help. Even though I have a timer on my phone I don’t think of setting it before I get started. If it’s sitting there for me to see when I sit down for computer time, I just might set the timer, maybe.

  10. Morning and bedtimes are both difficult with my kindergarten son. If I had to pick, I’d probably say mornings, but only by a fraction. He’s old enough to want to do things by himself, but the moment I leave him alone — say I leave him to get dressed on his own so I can take a quick shower — I come back to find that he’s still undressed. A very visual timer might help.

  11. Every morning…I have the hardest time getting my ADHD’r up and get dressed. It Takes him almost 30+ minutes just to put his clothes on. I hate having to “rush” him but, trying to get him to school, my other son to daycare and then me on the road to commute to work it gets stressful. Having a timer to make it into a game as how long he has to put on his socks, etc and into the bathroom to brush his teeth may help get him moving.

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