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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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216 Comments & Reviews

  1. I have set alarms to take meds, try and keep morning schedule the same. Set a bedtime alarm and stick to it. I do need a timer to be on my phone everyday. Time just runs away with me.

  2. I’m an adult working from home with ADHD, no children. How I am able to stay on track is to use a list with time limits for each task. No list, no work gets done. Thank goodness I don’t have to keep a child on track too. That would be disasterous!

  3. I make a numbered list of the subjects he has to do everyday and write the amount of time each subject needs to be worked on. Writing it out for him in list form really helps. It keeps him on track with minimal fuss from him. I’m not working right now because I am a Type 1 Diabetic so that also helps that I am here during the morning and daytime to help get all his work done

  4. Lists, walks, and fun activities as motivation for the kids keep them on schedule. Needing to set a good example for the kids and keep a regular schedule where I still get what I need – sleep, exercise, and a sense of daily accomplishment keep me on schedule. Meds help too.

  5. I don’t have kids, I’m the one with ADHD!

    But there are a few things that help me while working and spending so much time at home. Number one is taking breaks from being inside and getting some fresh air and exercise while spending time in nature. The hiking trails near us are still open so I’m making sure to get out every day with my partner and soak up time with nature. It really helps reset my brain and help me feel more productive and happy!

    The second most important thing has been to make sure I’m getting good sleep and good nutrition. Basically just making sure I’m sticking to routines that I know are good for me, even though everything is totally wacky right now!

  6. We have a schedule of the vital task that have to be completed for the day. I ordered extra analog clocks from amazon and placed them around the house along with eveyone wears a watch, so it is easy to visualize the time.

  7. Having an accountability partner and working session via zoom or similar app with check-ins. This keeps me focused,moving forward and 100% more productive.

  8. Each day starts with invigorating but fun exercise: dancing, jumping, burpees–anything to get the body & mind reconnected. Then, breaking tasks up into 20 minute increments before standing up, stretching, & a change of scenery if possible.

  9. We have a routine chart for the school day up on the wall where my kids do their school work and I set the alarm on my phone as a “bell” for each task/”period”. I have tried to stay productive by changing my work hours to be non-typical and I work while the kids have lunchtime, playtime and then once the kids are in bed.

  10. I’ve set up a few different work spaces around my house so that I can move around. Moving to a different spot helps me cue my brain to switch gears and work on the next task.

  11. to keep my great grandson on track I share stories of my childhood and how different it was for me. I tell him he needs to focus on his school lessons so that he doesn’t have the same experience that I did. It seems to work.

  12. We have tried several things to get school work done and with minimum push back. The most effective for my 8 year old son with ADHD is for me to look up his school in advance and almost “trick” him into so it. If we are working on his gr. 2 math, I ask him if he can help me with my work and I give him a piece of paper with some questions and I rephrase the questions to apply to people or situations he is interested in. For example, can you help me figure out how many tires are left in storage for customers? We had 87 but we took out 19.
    His teacher loves this approach and doesn’t mind me modifying her work a bit.
    Not everything can be modified but this works great when I can make it happen.
    For me… usually waking up at 5 am and pumping through some work gets me on the right track.
    It’s definitely a challenge for our family and with myself and my son both working through with our ADHD it’s hard sticking to a routine (especially with 5 and 2 year old sisters at home in the mix too) but we are trying our best!

  13. I use the Forest app to keep myself on task. They have an app for my phone and for Chrome which allows you to set ‘whitelisted’ apps/pages that you actually need to use for work or school. You decide how long you want to stay focused for, and start the countdown which plants a tree in your “Forest” and if you try to open an app or page that isn’t whitelisted, it will pop up with a warning “Your tree is still growing. In order to leave Forest, you will need to kill your tree first.” This incentives me to stay focused, because real or not, that tree is something to be proud of at the end of the timer and killing it just to get on facebook or play a game isn’t worth it!

  14. For my kids, it’s have a set time to begin their day and to end it. To keep lunch and a walk at about the same time. And they are allowed some non-screen options for breaks. Reminding them when they can be done, and allowing them to take sensory or calming breaks to refocus. Puzzles, snacks, trains.
    For me, it’s having space away from them. We are so blessed to be living with my parents right now, so they are helping with the schooling for my kids, and I am able to continue to work as a Para doing remote learning with special needs kids. I have a schedule I have to follow to meet with kids, but I have to remember to take breaks.

  15. I have a schedule posted for my kids and we try to stick to a routine as much as possible but it is flexible and has breaks and time for fun built in. I work in a room without distractions and try to stick to a schedule for the day and definitely break my tasks into small chunks. A visual timer like this would really help me stay on track.

  16. I have been able to be productive and complete tasks at home when I listen to audiobooks (free through my library.) This is helpful when it is a “clear & sort” type of task only though, not something that requires concentration. Now if I can have these moments occur MORE OFTEN… :/

  17. We have a routine, but not a schedule because things take longer when you’ve got ADHD. We follow the Montessori method of learning, because my daughter goes to a Montessori school. Yes, she guides her learning but she is required to try each of the tasks or activities and follow a certain curriculum. She follows her interests and passions and it helps her learn.

  18. I help my son stay on task while he is learning at home with verbal reminders and alarms on his tablet. He isn’t able to just stop and do things so I will tell him like in 15 minutes it will be time to do you school work or in 15 minutes your alarm in going to go off and it will be time to stop what you are doing. Our school doesn’t have the traditional e learning, they have paper packets and they sent home school text books when I dropped off his last paper packet, so he gets overwhelmed because it looks like a lot to him when he sees it all at once. So to keep him from getting overwhelmed by it all at once I use paperclips to just mark what he needs to do for that day and post it notes to just show the page numbers on it that he needs as well, It seems to help him be less overwhelmed in thinking he has to do it all at once. we have had to start taking breaks though as they are expected to much each day and he gets frustrated by it and he had a 504 at school so he had breaks at school as it was.

  19. WFH I have a plan of attack for my day. I have time blocks built in to get things done. Unfortunately some of that time is wasted clock watching….trying not to forget to keep track of my time. Timers do help. I also have a small reward window after each block….to help me transition and for getting stuff done.

  20. Plenty of sleep, a routine for when we do schoolwork, being separated from my other children, and headphones/earbuds. He also does better doing things on a computer, rather than on paper (unfortunately :/). I say “unfortunately” because the more screentime he has, the more disconnected/inattentive he is with others, and the more irritable he tends to be. I’m a healthcare worker, so WFH isn’t a problem right now. 🙂

  21. We’ve homeschooled since 2009, and we have 4 kids. My diagnosis with ADHD in 2015. I’ve struggled for year# with time blindness , and we currently use the oven timer. This will cause problems with anyone who has to use the oven, then we have to find another timer, and in the process forget what time was left. Please help! I have no real sources, and I’ve never been good at scheduling

  22. I’m an ADHD Adult and I need help. I don’t work from home, all my life is at home. I’ve been quarantined since March 7th, and I thought I was handling things well. I fell into a “I don’t know what” phase and it has graduated into a “I have no focus” phage! My time disappears everyday no matter what I planned to do with it because I CANNOT focus. Sometimes I find myself in a task that I can’t pull myself away from and I know I should. I’m losing days so fast it’s getting hard to keep with with them. Yes! I NEED A TIMER!! I can’t afford one of these but I believe it would be very helpful for me. Thank you.

  23. I have established a certain area in my house as my “office”. I have baskets organized with water, pens, highlighters, staplers, calendar and my folders so I don’t have to run all over the house to look for what I need and so I don’t have an excuse to start on something else like crafts when I go in another room. My stove clock timer is also set for a specific amount of time so I can’t get up:))) until I have worked for that time period. I would love to have more timers because it gets me going and keeps me going:))))
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  24. I am struggling so much with working from home and trying to get my kids to participate in learning activities. My oldest (8) does best when his day is highly structured, but that takes all of my time and energy. We’ve had the most success so far in giving him high interest topics and coming up with activities together. I was more productive when I got up early each morning and worked until lunchtime, then switched with my husband. I’m not a morning person, but it was the only time I could focus. Then we had a family emergency and now we are all off of our routine, and not accomplishing much. It’s hard to balance our physical and emotional needs with everything that needs to be done. I have been thinking for a while that the visual timer would be helpful for my son, who has a hard time with time management, both in hyper focusing and when trying to complete tasks as simple as bruising teeth.

  25. Since I am in the IT field and have been given the opportunity to work from home through the stay at home order, I have encouraged my children to embrace technology and utilize tools that are conducive to their learning style. They have their own email addresses in which their Zoom meetings are scheduled and easily accessible in their calendars. “Alexa” has played a pivotal role, giving us a reminder heads up when their meetings are about to begin. Self sufficiency and a sense of accomplishment has been rewarding, but that does not take the place of tangible rewards. My son gets small tokens/privileges for being able to stay focused throughout the day and utilizing skillsets that assist him when he gets frustrated. Not everyday is smooth, but 5 weeks in and we are learning how to be around each other in a meaningful way as we become a stronger family unit. It will be bitter sweet when I do have to return to the office, and I am trying to step back and watch these kids and who they are becoming. Amazing little resilient and adaptable minds that I get to play a hand in developing. Time is flying by though.

  26. It helps me a lot to actually sit at my desk since that’s the place I work at, not read or do other distracting things (even though I really like working on the balcony or sofa, but still…). Also, I listen to relaxing music, which calms me down. And then I try to break down my tasks in as little sized bits as possible so I can always check in after 10 or 20 minutes whether I’m still concentrated and working.

  27. I am trying very hard to keep to my actual in-office work hours so that I don’t lose myself. I love Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube, so that helps me get some exercise and centering while indoors. Also, my boyfriend introduced me to this awesome ap

    I have Time Cubes from Datexx, which I use to try and make sure I get up every 50 minutes to an hour and do not spend the whole work day sitting. I’d LOVE to try the Time Timer PLUS 60 Minute in White, since my time cubes have become easy to ignore now that they’re no longer new and shiny. Good luck everyone! Sweepstakes are so fun =D

  28. We take a lot of breaks. Body breaks and mind breaks. We have a family of 4, boy 7, girl 9 and mum and dad. We all have ADHD. The kids use a timer on the computer and hubby and I use the timer on our phone/smart watch. Personally as the mum of two special needs kids and having a ton of mental/physical challenges myself,I like to write out schedules with very specific details in fun colours and keep them by my coffee machine…well because COFFEE!! While these systems work well for my daughter and myself my husband and son are really struggling. This timer would be a huge help! Thanks for the great opportunity ADDitude and Time Timer!!

  29. I use a productivity planner that helps me prioritize the essential from non essential. If I can discipline myself enough to follow it, it is helpful. Even a simple checkbox to do list that I remember to always come back to helps re-direct my attention to the task at hand when I drift. I also need quiet and no interruptions from family.

  30. My son needs reminders to stay on task. He takes several breaks so that he can then focus again on his schoolwork. I think a timer would be very helpful for him.

  31. Great grandchild, a 3rd grader, has a very creative mind and artistic ability, but has considerable difficulty with math concepts. Am working with her; it is difficult for me to watch her struggle. On the positive side, she stays on task and does not whine. I am hoping that I can assist her to maintain her development until fall. I do not think closing the schools was a wise decision!

  32. I am a teacher that has several students diagnosed with ADHD/ADD. I have also been diagnosed with ADHD. I have learned that using timers have been very helpful but also giving myself (and students) specific tasks to complete in that time (for example, 3 tasks – 10 minutes each). So I set a timer that has a total of 30 minutes and I give a warning every 10. Since online learning has taken place, I have created schedules and given a set amount of time that students should have to complete activities. I incorporate yoga/mindfulness into transitions and have fidgets to use. Although they can sometimes be a distraction. Working from home I try my very best to stick to a strict schedule and set several alarms for myself as a reminder to stay on task. Frequent breaks or walks are so helpful since I am sitting so much more!

  33. I listen to energetic music to keep sitted down and to start a task. It is quite hard to work from home and I found it strange to hear that other colleagues actually feel they have less distractions!
    I will try to set up a standing desk and also wake up earlier before others. I am using an app called Glena which has a nice pomodoro interface but it is difficult to pay much attention to it because I have to click on/off the phone and sometimes I forget I have it on/off. This timer seems to be a great tool so would be happy if my comment is selected, otherwise happy for the would be winner 🙂

  34. It seems my comment did not get through..
    I put on energetic music to sit down for work and using an app called Glena because of its nice pomodoro interface. I will try to set up a standing desk and wake up earlier. Wish me luck as I need to finish a report!

  35. I have been trying a 10 minute/10 article method. I can do anything for 10 minutes. If I have some things that need to be filed or put away, I deal with 10 articles or things that need to be put away. Then I’m done. I also have a “rule of three.” I only put three things on my to-do list. If I finish those, I can add others. I’ve also told others who I work with to please not give me more than three tasks. When I’m really stressed out, I reduce it to two or even one. These are ways that I keep from getting overwhelmed.

  36. I’ll be really honest. I’m a college student, and I’ve always done really well, but this has really thrown me. I tried to make a schedule, to sit down and get my work done, and I just couldn’t. A series of small failures culminated in a spectacular physical and mental crash after 3 weeks with very little sleep. I’m doing a lot better now. But I had to ask for help.

    I’ve never been very good at knowing when I need to ask for help. Feeling like I should be able to get things done on my own and like asking for help was admitting I couldn’t handle my responsibilities has been a roadblock for me. This experience has made me realize that sometimes the only way to get through is to get help, and that’s okay. I’ve communicated with my professors about what’s going on, and they’ve all been extremely understanding. My mom saw how much I was struggling and helped me make a plan to catch up, sat with me while I got my work done, and really just did a ton for me the past couple weeks.

    My point is, making a schedule is really important, following all the tips and productivity stuff is awesome, but sometimes you need to ask for help with all of it, and that’s okay! If you’re not getting on track on your own, don’t wait until you’re at rock bottom to ask someone to give you a hand. People are so happy to help and won’t think less of you when you just ask.

  37. Math does not “come easily” to my great granddaughter. With my assistance, she is working on problems on grade level. I use comments such as “GG”(she doesn’t like “good girl,” because she says that I tell my dog, “Good Boy.” I, also, clap for correct responses and use a timer (45″ per assignment) as incentives. She is not a “whiner,” so after 45″ intervals, we take a break (lunch, in-door or out-door exercises) before additional math or reading assignments.

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