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.


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Updated on November 20, 2019

351 Comments & Reviews

    1. Every time of day is just hard. I often heve no concept of time. 5 minutes suddenly becomes 30 minutes later and 30 suddenly beceme 2 hours later. By late afternoon it often feels as if the day is so long a d I just want to go back to.bed to refresh and recharge, but the evening is still another 4 hours away. When night comes, I’m as busy as a bee and I can’t shut my brain off.

  1. “What is the most challenging time of day in your household — and why is it so rough?”

    Mornings are the most challenging for me, because It takes me literally hours to fully wake up. I feel like I’m practically brain dead for 2 – 3 hours after I get out of bed.

  2. The worst time of day for me is when there is 30 minutes left in the workday (looking at my to do list for the rest of the day and evening). I feel I need to instantly start everything at once because of course while I cook the clothes can wash. After cooking I can switch the clothes over (if I remember) because on the way to go do this I notice my pup pup needs dinner. Oh and my dinner needs attention. By this point I’m getting frustrated because I still need to feed hubby and I, oh crap better put our work clothes in the dryer. Downstairs in laundry room and realized that I never shut the lid on the washer…oh and dinner… slam door and washer is on spin cycle. So that can be switched to dry after dinner. Dinner finally. Clean up dinner, clean kitchen, want to relax but can’t I still have to go take a shower. Shower then go back into the living room to sit before bed and….. nope. I still have to actually start the dishwasher, clean the counters off because I sprayed them but didn’t wipe them down all the way just halfway. And finally I can go get the clothes into the dryer.
    And … now it’s bedtime, hope I can get to sleep. Toss and turn and have to go make sleepy time tea and take my sleep pill.
    Oops I forgot to put the clothes in the dryer.

  3. The most difficult time is between 3 -7 pm which includes homework and dinner. My middle school daughter can’t manage her homework time by herself or help much with dinner prep. So it’s chaos until homework is done or I give up, whichever comes first.

  4. The most difficult time is when I get home from work until bedtime, which includes homework and dinner. My middle school daughter can’t manage her homework time by herself or help much with dinner prep. So it’s chaos until homework is done or I give up, whichever comes first.

  5. Mornings…my daughter has to get up at 5:30 to get out the door at 6:40 for school. With no medication yet in her system, it is nearly impossible for her to wake up and keep moving to get done on time.

  6. The most challenging time of day in my household is the morning. Thankfully, everyone else doesn’t have a difficult time waking up, getting ready, and being on time. I’m the only one hitting the snooze button, dozing off,and running the risk of making everyone else late. My only job in the morning is to take the kids to school and I’m usually the one holding up the show. My medication takes awhile to work so I am trying to take it as soon as I wake up, which is challenging on mornings when I stayed up too late due to racing thoughts and a lack of exercise. On weekend mornings, I take too long to get ready because time seems to speed up when I’m in the bathroom. What feels like a five minute shower is actually 15 minutes. What feels like 5 minutes of getting dressed and putting makeup on is actually another 15 minutes! My children.are well aware of how ADHD impacts their lives. They usually keep me on task by telling me what time it is and we need to leave in 5 minutes so we aren’t late. We all know my definition of five minutes isn’t really five minutes though! My son is in the habit of counting down the time! A timer like this one is something I’ve wanted for a long time, but I couldn’t remember what it was called and couldn’t come up with a keyword search to find it online anywhere. The thing that makes mornings so difficult for me is that my sense of time is distorted. I chalk it up to my culture and genetics. My ancestors were bison hunters and were present in the moment. We all joke about something called “Indian Time” which is arriving anywhere from 5 minutes to 5 hours late.

  7. Mornings are definitely most difficult. It is extremely hard for my son to get organized in the mornings. This is from a combination of ADD and autism. We are looking for any help we can give to him.

  8. After school homework and morning is our most difficult time. I would also add having to be anywhere on time is rough for us. My son and I are both diagnosed ADHD.

  9. Mornings are very difficult although in theory it’s the same routine every day so it shouldn’t be. Why is it such a struggle?! Time is a mysterious concept in our home…

  10. Homework time is the hardest time. That after school time / dinner time — where everyone is tired and my child continues to think homework is unimportant. Or, she tells me it is all done (which is not true…or is true and it gets lost before school the next day). Going to bed is the easy time. But, getting there makes me happy for a few hours of me time before I go to bed myself.

  11. Getting ready in the morning is hardest at my house. My son gets up an hour to an hour and a half before we have to leave for school. We still somehow always end up rushing at the last minute to make sure he has finished breakfast and is dressed to go.

  12. Early evening is the hardest time in our family. Fighting to do homework, get ready for bed, eat dinner together. I think it’s the hardest because my son’s medication wares off and he has a hard time staying on task.

  13. The most difficult time of day for our family, is after lunchtime between 1-3pm. We have no more nappers in the family, so trying to get the kids to take quiet time, go outside and play or work on schoolwork but still keep the peace with each other is challenging.

  14. With 2 ADHD kids and on ADHD husband, it’s a toss-up between mornings and dinner time. I hate mornings, so I am not at my best, and my 5 year old has to be constantly reminded to stay on task. Most days we’re racing frantically out the door as the bus waits at the end of the driveway. Starting the day off with frustration and stress isn’t good for either of us. Luckily, my husband takes the teenager to catch the high school bus earlier in the morning, so all 4 of us aren’t in each other’s way. Evenings are frustrating because I tend to feel like I’m the only one trying to get things done, and there’s never enough time between getting home from work and school before it’s time to get the youngest into bed. By the time she’s asleep, I want to be too!

  15. School mornings are the worst in our house! I’m usually still exhausted from not sleeping well so my crankiness and the chaos is just a recipe for disaster.

  16. Mornings!!! I have to get my twin ADHD kids up at 6am to start getting them ready for school. I’m trying to teach them to be more independent in getting themselves ready so I can focus on lunch and breakfast prep without having to stand over them or physically get them dressed myself. I have tried using extra alarms and bell timers but with no resolution. I have often wanted this exact type of timer so they can SEE time counting down. This would put more focus on what time they have left to accomplish those basic morning tasks. PLEASE pick me.

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