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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. Breaks, many breaks! I have two kiddos with ADHD one with ASD/ADHD, our day is pretty chaotic. Everything is off limits until some schoolwork is finished. Take a little break and continue. If there is no big hassles they get a reward of their choice at the end of the week. Might be they get to choose a movie for family movie night or pick what is for supper, game night, and on a super good week, they could get an iTunes gift card. Lots of patients is needed, this is hard on them too! 💕

  2. To be honest, it’s been a struggle. We have the routine set. We use a basic timer for 30 min increments for optimal focusing time with breaks after each 30 minutes. We have a behavior chart for consequences and rewards. We have a specific place in the house for study and work time. I’m a teacher so don’t have the luxury of doing my work time in the evening and focusing on my son’s education during the day. I have to do both at the same time, plus work around my husband’s teleworking schedule. It’s a juggling act everyday…one that I feel like I’m failing at for my family and my students. I’ve thought about getting this timer but is it that simple? Would this timer really help me feel like I’m meeting expectations for myself, my family and my students? Or do I just need to lower expectations and be ok with accomplishing less for myself and everyone?

  3. We start homework after having a snack and relaxing for a short time after school. We take short breaks as needed. My grandson plays hockey which has been a great help for his ADHD.

    Now during the COVID-19 outbreak school has been cancelled for the remainder of the school year. The children have approximately 1 hour a day on-line with teachers per school subject.

    Everyone, pleae stay home if you can and stay safe! We will get through this together.

  4. The kids stay on track and on schedule with a daily checklist so they can see what they need to do, and choose what order to do it in.

    I stay on track with exercise. If I fall behind with that, my efficiency drops precipitously!

  5. Great granddaughter works at one end of my desk. Although she doesn’t complain about the time required to complete assignments, I can tell when she is tiring. A visual timer would provide incentive to complete the task followed by a break (usually time outside).

  6. We have to break everything down into smaller steps and keep her focused on one step at a time. We also have to take several breaks between each subject.

  7. I’m actually still working as a caregiver for a senior couple in their home. Which has been more stressful lately. But I’ve been doing a great job of helping them get things done to alleviate their stress.
    But when I get home and try to work on my goals, I often struggle to find motivation to get things done. Which adds more stress because I don’t know how long I’ll be able to stay in my clients’old home that they will be selling at some point.
    But I have been meditating when I get home to help reset and recharge my brain. Then I usually eat dinner and watch something either funny or educational. Then I’ve been working on a task or a goal.
    This has been working pretty well so far.

  8. After 5 weeks, I finally posted a list of Have To’s Before Want To’s in 2 columns. They can take as long as they want to complete the HaveTo’s such as a bed made, morning scripture verse/morning prayer, online school, a chore & exercise. But it has to be done before less essential things they want to do like watch a movie or play a video game. Before they can get on, we go through the Have To List together and they often go quick to get the last things done.

  9. My high school sophomore, who has attention deficit disorder, agrees with me that the best way to keep her on track is for me to have control over the apps on her phone. We found a great app (OurPact) that allows me to control what apps are available to her at any given time. Her phone is pretty much on lock down when she’s doing homework, and if she needs a specific app she will come to me and ask me for it,and I will give it to her for an allotted amount of time that she needs it. The app allows a great deal of control in that way. My daughter knows that without this she is going to get sucked into doing something that she doesn’t mean to do. And it makes her feel proud of herself when she’s able to use her time efficiently. It’s a win-win.

  10. I use the pomodoro technique to start introducing scheduling and structure into my life and making me more aware of the smaller time chunks during my day. My Pomodoro app can also play a tick-tock clock sound in the background during work periods and that helps cue that I need to get work done.

    I think a Time Timer would be great because it’s such a nice tool to have and it’s simplicity is unrivaled!

  11. Though I am struggling with finishing the last two classes for my degree this year, I have been able to get some tasks completed. If the mood hits me, then I must act on it. If I’m not motivated to wash dishes, I may not do them for a couple days, but the dread of waking up to dirty dishes sometimes makes me clean them up before I go to bed.

    One “trick” I have: Tell myself I’m only gonna wash the glasses. Next thing you know, my sink is empty, and all of my dishes are clean. I figure, “Hey, I’m already doing this, might as well finish it.” Sadly, this does not transfer over to advance math courses!

  12. I have 3 ADHD’s in my household of five. We started a routine for the mornings that keeps us on track but is also broken up by short breaks which are very necessary to get through all of the work. For myself, I am working from home but very organized. I am printing out weekly schedules to keep on the wall of the room we do homework in. I am also digging deep for patience and often with my poor husband who does not like to be at home this much and has a very difficult time focusing. Compassion and slow but steady is the key here!

  13. Two parents juggling three kids with high attention needs. My husband takes our 11 year old with add, sps, and mild dyslexia while I have the 9year old add aspie and the 7 year old delayed reader. Husband has a desk for our daughter in basement home office where he keeps her on track with a timetable on her tablet, redirection, and cooperative reading while he continues to run his small engineering business online. I completely fail to keep the younger 2 on track, but alternating between giving them each my full attention and allowing one to play prodigy or listen to Finn Caspian(kids podcast) allows us to get their seesaw assignments done. Somehow we are still managing to learn while keeping the family business and household going. I also enlist our teenager’s help when she is finished her own schoolwork. We use a 5 minute sand timer, but the better timer would definitely help.

  14. I don’t work from home so I write out school work schedule the night before of what subjects need to be completed first. The assignment that is due earlier is first on the list and so on. My son uses a small cheap digital timer I bought for $3, and sets it for 20- 30 minutes increments to helps him stay focused before he gets a break.

  15. I do not work from home so the night before I write out the school work schedule of what subjects need to be done first. Assignments that are due earlier are first on the list and so on. My son uses a small cheap timer I bought for $3, and sets it for 20- 30 min. increments to help him stay working before he gets a break.

  16. I, myself, have ADHD and it was not diagnosed when I was growing up in the 50’s. I just got a lot of detentions. When I was working, I had a routine and a deadline which helped me to cope. Now, I am 74 and retired and have no structure in my life. Setting a timer helps me to get some housework done. I can’t quit before the timer goes off.

  17. We have a handwritten schedule on the wall. We also use the alarms in my phone which I set for 5 minutes before each online class segment begins. I always call out time and remaining minutes. A timer like this would be very helpful.

  18. My partner and I share a home office and now both of us are working from home, so my noise-cancelling headphones that I use in the office are home with me now and I’m still using them! I just listen to podcasts on them while I work and then I’m not distracted by my partner.

  19. A timer provides an incentive to finish an assignment within an allotted time. After 45 minutes of concentrated study, I intersperse a “fun” activity or lunch.

  20. I do a weekly chart of assignments for my daughter; included are times for any online classes or in-person classes (when it’s not a pandemic). She chooses the order of the classes she wants to do within a given day. Her calendar pops up reminders for any online classes and for if we need to travel to an in-person class. She often gets bored and wants to wander around and eat freely so she often needs reminders to get her back on task. We are studying French at the same time and so we’ve made it a competitive thing (she’s very competitive in a brainy-way). It is very useful to have rewards in place ahead of time so she has a reason to stay on her tasks. We both listen to instrumental music to keep us focused; it’s helpful if I make an achievable to do list before I get started. I usually do that when I have insomnia during the night. It’s also very helpful to log out of social media so I don’t get distracted.

  21. I stay on a strict schedule for work through checking my work email multiple times per day and consulting my calendar on Therapy Notes. I also write down additional tasks in a Rad and Happy planner 🙂

  22. In order to try to be as focused as possible, I control my distractions. Listening to music, usually with earbuds allow me to tune out other noises that may distract me from focusing. It works to a point.

  23. My 13 year old son uses music to help him stay focused. He likes to work in the living room on the laptop to be comfortable. He puts his earbuds in and he is good to go. I also listen to music while I work to help me block out other noise but I have my work equipment in an office so I can stay organized and keep all of the tools I need at an arm’s reach.

  24. For some reason, my comments are flagged as duplicates. They are not! Learning via flashcards are duplicates, but they assist with memorizing multiplication tables.

  25. We have a large whiteboard that we have divided into the days of the week. We use 2 sizes of Post-It notes. For schoolwork, each class has a specific colored 2×2 Post-It that is used for assignments. Every Monday morning, our children write out each assignment on one Post-It and put it on the whiteboard on the day it is due (each has their own week). If the assignment spans multiple days, a Post-It is used to show the daily progression. Activities are shown using a smaller sized Post-It – also with each type of activity having a specific color. Our children gets to decide which days and times for the activities. Having a very colorful, clear visual representation of what needs to be completed has really helped our children take control and responsibility for both knowing what needs to be done and setting the schedule. Our kids find that showing completion by moving the Post-It to the side of the weekly calendar is very fulfilling! For me, I work in 30-minute increments with 5-10 minute breaks. We all have lunch together to do a midday check-in so we know if our kids need any help…and also to just connect and add structure to the day.

  26. The closed door and a supportive spouse are key for my work right now (and my office moves based on whether the kids are eating or bathing, but the change of scenery can help too). I find it easier to manage myself than try to remember which kid has what at what time and how to manage their schedules and conflicting needs – so self-compassion is key to get through the day and then “show up” for WFH for the evening.

  27. I review my kids’ “must do’s” for the the day each morning. We keep index cards with the must do’s in a pocket chart. As they complete the activities and lessons, they place the index cards in the complete pile. Once all their Must do’s are complete, they can move on to participating in May do’s., which are also written on index cards and placed on the pocket chart. I designate times before I start work, during my lunch break and after my work to review their activity, and if appropriate, provide feedback to redo, correct or simply praise their work and efforts.

  28. I don’t have any children. But, being a female adult learner newly diagnosed with ADHD has proven very difficult. To help my productivity I have begun by purchasing multiple timers to assist with time awareness (especially when I become hyper focused on things I enjoy). I have structured my day around the times I have found myself to be most functional and alert – I don’t pretend that I will get up at 8am and start school work regardless of when I go to sleep. Lastly I have created a work area- spaces specifically for school work or work-work. I have seen improvement but there is still room to grow. I believe the time timer will help with getting out the house. This is something I struggle with greatly.

  29. Since my work schedule is flexible with few meetings or phone calls and I am a major night owl, I have allowed myself to work on my own schedule according to my natural bio-rhythms. I sleep in, I take my time to make breakfast and veg on the couch with my boyfriend while sipping coffee until some point in the afternoon when I feel my Hyper-focus kick in. I get my best work done from about 4pm-2am and right now…why not?

  30. I find that keeping to a routine, and spending 15-20 minutes a day doing exercise or yoga, helps me to stay focused and motivated to be able to work from home.

  31. For my child with ADHD, giving him a schedule and allowing him to cross them off as he completes them is very helpful. Otherwise he was overly anticipating that each assignment was his last and as soon as we tried to get him working on something new it was an immediate breakdown. I start each day with his least favorite subjects and then end with his favorite. I make sure to include breaks with occasional healthy snacks and have moved his desk beside mine so I can easily redirect and answer his questions as needed. I do Have to remind him to save off topic questions for when he’s all done or for breaks so he can let me work and complete my work too. 🙂 Making sure he is eating healthy meals and getting enough sleep is also a huge help as he is very sensitive to those.

  32. We make a check list to visually see progress, takes lots of breaks and use the reward of electronic time as an incentive. I’m still working on myself! With three kids at in school and a 4 yr old, plus work…needless to say it is a semi organized chaos!

  33. Schedule, schedule, schedule. We write the daily schedule minute by minute on a white board each day. It reduces anxiety and arguing from our ADHD student! A visual timer would be an amazing addition!

  34. We have made a visual daily schedule and have lots of breaks and movements to let kids stay active and boost their brains for learning. My kids can have a fidgeting toy to help him stay calm and focused while doing school works. We do mindfulness activities together like deep breathing, meditation and body scan to foster social-emotional wellbeing at home as well. Also, I also use some apps like Focus Keeper Pro and Choiceworks Calendar to help kids stay on task and on schedule while learning from home. But I do prefer to have a Time Timer as it looks more virtual and fun for kids.
    For myself working at home, I use the Pomodoro method, which is a time management technique. To try it, set a timer for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. After four 25-minute sessions, take a break that’s 15 to 30 minutes. Continue these intervals throughout the day. I get up at 5 am to make a schedule for the day and Sunday make a weekly schedule for the next week. I have an ADHD parent coaching to help me with time management and kids’ emotional regulation etc. Sometimes I use headphones to block the noises and distractions. Also, finding a colleague I can hit up when feeling the need to chat with someone to increase social interactions and mental health to make my work more productive.

  35. My daughter and I sit together and do her schoolwork. Often times I have her sit on my lap with the laptop on the table. This way, when she wants to get up to run around before her designated break or loses focus/interest, I can hold her on my lap, give her some playful bear hugs, kiss her and tickle her to keep her with me and distract her gently instead of nagging her to”do your work”. She enjoys the up close attention.

  36. We use a visual picture schedule for my daughter(10, with Autism and mostly non-verbal). This helps with morning, afternoon and nighttime routines. We also use a mini schedule within the “bigger schedule” to break down the task…. this really helps her stay on task while distance learning. Her first-then board is a staple throughout the day, too!

  37. Making a schedule is easy it’s following it that makes things difficult. A timer would assist in making the schedule work. Setting the time for work on the computer, work on reading from a book, going outside, or just relaxing and doing something fun would be a great asset to my students and for ME!!

  38. I am focusing on building a life I want for myself and have taken on a second job from home. I am lucky to have a job and be working from home. It has been a struggle to transition to all parts of my day within the same space of my apartment. I am trying my best to utilize many different timers to keep productive and yet I still seem to fall short, or get distracted by other things for a while. For example; this, I was checking email and now I am entering to win a timer to help me be more productive. Life is a journey and I will continue working to better myself.

  39. We have multiple checklists, one for checking school work, doing chores, and other activities to do around the house that aren’t electronics. He can use the checklists to figure out what he still needs to do without coming to me while I’m working from home. I also have a place that’s easily accessible to him with healthy snacks so he has something to snack on between meals and cups with lids in the fridge for drinks he can get on his own.

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