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Working & Learning from Home Sweepstakes: Win a Time Timer!

Enter to win one of five Time Timer PLUS 60 Minute in White — a great tools for managing work and school days from home — by answering this question below: What keeps your child on task and on schedule while learning from home? What keeps you focused and productive while WFH?

Working and Learning from Home with ADHD

The world has shifted beneath our feet. Schools and offices have shuttered indefinitely. Sports are canceled. Playdates and birthday parties are off. Everyone is on Zoom and Google Classroom all the time. New learning and working expectations are dictating our days, while new daily schedules and routines are proving awfully tough to maintain with so much ADHD in the house at all times.

How Time Timer Helps

The Time Timer PLUS 60 Minute in White is the perfect visual timer for keeping students and professionals on track while working and studying from home. As time elapses, the red disk disappears, therefore increasing focus and making the abstract concept of time concrete. Clinically proven to increase self-regulation in children, this 60-minute Time Timer model features a carrying handle to further encourage independence and provide endless uses around the home. Ideal for active kids or a day full of meetings.

Enter to Win a Time Timer

To win one of five Time Timer PLUS 60 Minute in White (a $41.45 value each), use the Comments section below to tell us: What keeps your child on task and on schedule while learning from home? What keeps you focused and productive while WFH?

Deadline

Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 11:59 pm EST.

Rules

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 Monday, May 4, 2020.
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Updated on April 24, 2020

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  1. Having a schedule with basic tasks and goals has been helpful for my kids. I try to not be too strict or too complex with the schedule to not put additional stress on them and give time for “brain breaks.” As for what keep me focused and productive while working from home is keeping an organized schedule and to make sure to schedule time for breaks myself! I make sure it is on my calendar to force myself to take a break whether it is just to stretch and drink some water or go for a walk outside and take some deep breathes. As time goes on I have learned to let go of regular expectations while adjusting to this new “normal.”

  2. We get the hardest work done first. Sitting for too long is not helpful. We have a separate space and come the hard work is complete, we take a movement break. We’ve also made it a set thing everyday to have a dance party so he gets a lot of energy out.

  3. We go through the packets they are given and mark with a highlighter what work should be done today. Dividing our days up. Morning before lunch is work time for all, including Mom. After lunch we play. I am working from home as a teacher and work while they work. I make myself goals of what I need to accomplish every day to be where I need to be.

  4. My partner and I are both working from home. She is working downstairs and I am working up stairs. To limit being distracted (esp when she is on calls), I put on my noise cancelling headphones and play focus playlists on Spotify. I also MUST take my medicine bc I don’t do as well if I don’t take it.

  5. I find that I am most focused and productive while working from home when I have accountability. My weekly team check-ins via zoom help. Also, working on difficult tasks during the time periods when my brain is most ready to work (which for me is the afternoon/evening) helps me get them done quicker, rather than wasting all morning procrastinating on them. But I guess the main thing is, for the most part I’m really struggling, which is why I’m here and hoping to win a timer! I need a timer that isn’t on my phone, where all the distractions live😂😭

  6. We have all assignments mapped out on a printed calendar. It helps him to see how things are spread out and the order to do assignments. He also has a list of online assignments to do by the end of the month- each is listed in a blank space and gets crossed out as completed.

  7. I don’t do anything out of the ordinary, and find that I need to start with making a list for the following day’s tasks the evening before. When I am really on top of things I make up a weekly list of tasks, or at least list the most important ones. I have also trained myself to stay on task and finish up what I have begun to the point that I can accomplish parts of the whole over a period of time. It took me a long time to habituate this check-in with myself. Frequently, when I am drawn to a different task or activity unrelated to the one at hand, I remind myself how good it feels to finish things by staying on task. What a great feeling!

  8. We made a set schedule to get online to complete all homework task for the kids. I make a “to do” list for myself. Which consist of a set amount of time which I consider “blocks” to complete my work related task. That way I do not allow myself to get consumed with just completing one task. I try my best to get things done.

  9. I would use the timer for positive reinforcement. Music is a fun reward in our house, so after a set amount of time, they can either play an instrument for 20 min or listen to music with headphones. Knowing the kids will buckle down to get more music time, helps keep me sane.

  10. I need a timer and an alarm to keep me on schedule. Every night I plan my next day and set some alarms and make my lists of things I want to accomplish. I could use this timer.

  11. I have worked from home so the kids are used to it. When they said they were going to be home school I put them more or less on my work schedule and set them up at desks next to me. I don’t have a lot of meetings but when I do that becomes reading time for them or if it’s in the afternoon, movie time. I have stopped stressing about screen time for them and instead,they have to read for an hour and do another activity like baking/outdoor/crafts for another hour and with school that does not leave too much time so I figure they should be able to enjoy the extra time.

  12. We have a set time to do home schooling, first thing in the morning, to ensure it gets done and he will concentrate.

    I do my Work at Home things in the evenings when everyone is down for the night, so I have quiet and can concentrate.

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