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Transition Trouble Sweepstakes: Win a Time Timer!

Enter to win one of five Time Timer Original 3” — an essential tool for managing time and easing transitions — by answering these questions below: What are your (or your child’s) bumpiest transitions? What is your secret to smoothing them out?

Transitions Trip Up ADHD Brains

ADHD brains do not excel at transitions — especially those that involve shutting down a preferred task and opening up a non-preferred task. Any parent who’s tried to move a child from video games to homework knows this is true. Any adult with ADHD who has resisted a change in routine and schedule (hello, pandemic) also knows this is true. And draining.

How Time Timer Helps

The Time Timer Original 3” 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 includes a Dry Erase Activity Card that can be slotted into the top of the timer for visual schedules and time-to-task management. Ease transitions between activities and make expectations clear while working and learning from home.

Enter to Win a Time Timer

To win one of five Time Timer Original 3” (a $29.95 value each), use the Comments section below to tell us: What are your (or your child’s) bumpiest transitions? What is your secret to smoothing them out?

Deadline

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 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 five winners at random and notify them via email on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
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Updated on March 17, 2021

126 Comments & Reviews

  1. I can spend hours in my rocking chair on my phone, reading short articles of interest or learning something new. Then the day is gone and I’ve accomplished nothing. Transitioning to mundane tasks like laundry, taking the dogs outside, cooking, cleaning, going to bed, etc takes a lot of effort. I typically have to give myself a limit and tell myself “one more article”. Sometimes I’ll set an alarm on my phone to break my hyperfocus. I’ll bring my phone or paper/pen with me for when more ideas pop up that I don’t want to forget. Stimulants also help make that “transition” a little easier.

  2. For me, if I check email in the morning before planning my day, that’s the kiss of death. The transition between email and other tasks is very difficult for me. For our kids, the transition between breakfast and the first activity of homeschool is really hard. As far as smoothing them out, for myself, I use timers and white noise to focus and get into the flow of my task. As far as our kids, we try to lay out all their clothes for them on the couch when we start our day, so the kids can go from breakfast to school as seamlessly as possible.

  3. Due to the pandemic, my child and I are required to work and participate in school from home. Transitions between personal life and work have been extremely challenging for both me and my child. There are days when we’d rather sleep longer or continue on with more enjoyable activities like gaming, watching television, browsing the internet or socializing on the phone. These transitions are even more challenging when work or school tasks require increased focus, concentration, attention to detail and timeliness. My child and I currently utilize written planners, internet calendars, phone alerts and timers to keep us on track at school and at work. We also try to schedule time for “energy” breaks and meal times, and we end our school and work days on time. Lastly, my child and I allow ourselves grace when we are not perfect. There is nothing worse than spending time worrying about the tasks you didn’t accomplish or complete well.

  4. Cleaning Days… I have trouble setting time/duties each day, so for cleaning, I do the ‘big cleaning’ (sheets, bathrooms… more than just the basic upkeep) all in one day. Two things I’ve found that help are making a list… that crossing off feels good, but also keeps pushing me when I see I have a lot yet to get done. I also challenge myself with timing. Such as, I have a half bath that I try to get done in a 1/2 hour… when I think about how short of a time it takes to do something, and if I just get to it… I feel like I can just dive in and get it done.

  5. My son has so much trouble transitioning away from anything screen-related. I’ve dealt with this by being extra patient and extra insistent. It’s taken a VERY long time, but he’s starting to be more compliant with this.

  6. For me transitioning is hardest once I’ve started sculpting. Whenever I’m creating something and it’s going well my brain kicks into hyper focus and I just can’t stop haha! In theory this sounds great because I’m being productive but often times it lead to me feeling burnt out. I would start sculpting at noon and then before I knew it was 6pm and I’d tell myself I should stop because I haven’t had anything to eat but then I’d keep going till past midnight! It also wasn’t helpful that I couldn’t gauge how long it actually took me to complete a sculpture. Realizing this wasn’t a healthy sustainable way to keep going about life I decided to try something different. I started curating playlists for myself so I knew how long I’d been working. It was also helpful because sometimes when “the mood” or inspiration wasn’t there the music would help me get into the groove to just start working.

  7. My daughter was having trouble with her boyfriend not understanding her ADHD and Emotional outbursts so she called me crying and telling me she was sad. I told her “It’s all Okay!” Then I got her to focus on breathing for 1 minute with me on the phone. Then I told her to change the sad to love and go to her boyfriend and have him hold her for just 5 minutes without talking. She called back and said that they did that and they are talking now about what happened to make her so upset. Just doing timing exercises like breathing and not talking has been some techniques I use on myself when Life is being difficult.

  8. Our toughest transitions are from sleeping to waking, and visa versa, as well as getting the morning moving along. The lack of sense of time means 2 hours can pass doing something that should brake 15 minutes and then I am blamed for the lack of time to they have for free activities.

    I try to use non-time related markers – end of this audio book chapter, once I drink my coffee, after the toast pops up, etc. It helps if they know when the activity is about to end. That means more than time, though us less accurate.

  9. This pandemic has been the most difficult for my 11 year old son with ADHD. This is his first year in middle school, and after coming from Elementary school he has not learned how to transition from one task to another while in Virtual learning. I print his weekly school schedule and also purchased a wall clock to put near his desk so that he can transition using time slots for each of his classes. With him moving around so much, having time slots allows him to know how much time he has left before his next class and his lunch period. He still sometimes have difficulty, but I have to redirect him.

  10. Our son’s most difficult transition is going to bed at night. He is usually watching tv or playing a game in the family room prior to it. As soon as we say ‘time for bed’ (with a million warnings!) it’s like we said ‘time to eat!’. He starts whining how hungry he is and will go eat a pile of food. Then once he’s upstairs he wants to read because he has a hard time falling asleep. He takes meds so of course we feel bad not feeding him when he’s hungry because they curb his appetite so much during the day.
    We’ve learned to tell him what time bedtime is waaay ahead of time and have HIM set an alarm on his device. That way he is alerted (as well as us) and he has to act. We’ve also told him up front – if you’re going to want to eat set the alarm for 20 minutes earlier. It can still be difficult but it’s getting better with putting it on him to plan and make decisions. (He is 12 yrs old.)

  11. The transition from at-school days to at-home days this year has been really hard. We struggle every morning because we don’t have consistency every day. We try to keep the same routine but when some days you are getting ready for the bus and some days you are getting ready to sit at a desk at home it’s hard to keep things consistent.

  12. I have 2 kids with ADHD. Both are adopted from different families. One had a history of drug use during pregnancy and the other had a stage 4 brain bleed at birth. Both have ADHD and ODD. Getting them to do anything like chores or school/homework is hard. They both love TV watching and Ipad time so getting them to get up from those is hard. At school moving from one task to the other is hard also. A timer like this one would be super helpful especially with my son that had the stage 4 brain bleed. He doesn’t understand time concepts at all and he is developmentally delayed. Thanks so much!

  13. My oldest daughter has ADHD and take meds in the morning that help her to focus during the day. By the time she comes home from work the medicine has worn off and she has difficulty concentrating. I think a timer could help her to focus task to task so she can see that doing a chore will not take long and then she can relax with some digital entertainment. Right now the only thing she is doing is playing on her computer and she withdraws from the rest of the family. So I hope this might work to help her task to task.

  14. I have always struggled with time management, sticking to a task, and finishing a task. I can easily start a dozen things at once, lose track of time, and then burn out before I finish anything or I get so hyper focused on one task that I ignore all my other responsibilities because I so desperately want to finish the task. I’m late for everything in part because my concept of time is skewed. I have tried using apps similar to this timer on my phone, but I didn’t find them helpful if I needed to use my phone or if I became distracted with a phone call or message on my phone, so the physical timer would really help me continuously visualize the time and set goals for each task so that I can set myself up for success instead of constant failure.

  15. Transitions are tough for all of us. As a teacher for over 35 years, I have often relied on Time Timers. I suggest them to all the families I work with to help ease ANY transition. It takes the burden off the human being and puts in right on this little glorious instrument. Recently, I have found it most helpful with my 3 year old grandson who just wants to stay and play at ‘Gammy’s” house all day. When it is time to go, we use the ‘ol timer to help give a fair and visual warning. It gives the child some control of his own schedule which is invaluable. (I have also found it is helpful for potty training schedules.) LOVE Time Timers! (Just suggested one yesterday to my niece to use for her 21 month old during speech therapy) always a win win!

  16. Mine & my son’s worst bumpiest time is mornings when getting ready for school. 😬🤦🏻‍♀️ I dreaded school mornings as a child & even now as an adult because there’s always so much to do and there’s always a high probability that my twin 7 year old sons get in a fight.🤦🏻‍♀️ Not long ago, I realized that my boys seemed to act worse in school mornings when I got really stressed out, anxious & yelling. 😤😡 It’s so hard to not get emotional and wound up during a stressful situation, and usually due to my ADHD I work really good under pressure and stress; however my sons did not. It got to be where most school mornings, I found myself apologizing to my sons for me yelling & my erratic behavior, I began to feel really guilty. That’s not the Mom I wanted to be and that was definitely not how I wanted my day to start as well as my children going to school for the next 7 hours. In order to change our morning dynamics I basically just keep telling myself internally and my children externally that “I only want positivity in the mornings. No negative thoughts, words or actions because those bad feelings affect all of us and it sets the tone for the whole day for me and them. It’s seemed to work pretty well the last 2-3 weeks and my children will now correct me or their brother and say “No negativity in this house or car. Only happy thoughts and positivity.” 😍☺️ Hearing either of my boys say that makes my heart smile, it makes me so proud to be their Mom and it just refocuses all of us to only interact with positivity. When any of us say “Only Positivity” it is a simple & easy way for all of us to refocus and it’s been working for us for the past 2-3 weeks (ever since going back to school 5days a week due to previous COVID19 school restrictions)!!!🥰🤗 The yelling and fighting has reduced significantly; probably at least 80% or more. 😲 I was reluctant that just saying or talking about positivity on busy school mornings would really make a difference, but I knew we all needed a change and I wanted it to be a small simple change that could be worked in really easy. And it was and IT WORKED!!! Our school mornings now include a lot more happiness, smiles, giggles, and even the occasional sibling teamwork. 😍😍 I don’t know if this technique will work will work for anyone else, but I highly recommend it and just try it, because you have nothing to loose and you don’t know until you try. 🤷🏻‍♀️❤️😁

  17. For me transitions are hard physically, waking up or going to sleep, recognizing hunger soon enough to actually stop and eat, getting to work and leaving work, anything that requires going from one state to another. I deal with this by scheduling my day to death, and by giving myself a LOT of advance time to adjust – I have 4 alarms that go off across 90 minutes to ease me from deep sleep to fully wakeful and functioning, for example. I find that I can’t rush myself through any part of my day or it causes panic.

  18. What are your (or your child’s) bumpiest transitions?
    Morning and bedtime routines and switching gears during the day. My morning routine can extend to two hours because I’m terrible at prioritizing. It’s gotten worse working from home. I fork pretty badly during the day too when I need to get a small number of tasks done in sequence.
    What is your secret to smoothing them out?
    I’ve found self regulation difficult ever since I left school. It took a long time for me to figure out that outsourcing my time management was something I needed to do. I don’t actually have a lot of tools for managing my time. Recently I figured out it’s easier for me to interrupt what I’m doing in order to switch gears, which doesn’t help with the issue of finishing tasks but works when I need to stop watching Netflix. I’ve started timing what I do when I don’t have clocks around because not knowing creates a sensation of endlessness and I’m less likely to do small boring tasks like brushing my teeth. I will also start work in the evening/night – times when everyone else is off the clock and I won’t be interrupted. So no secrets, still trying to figure it out.

  19. Our most difficult transition is leaving our house. This often makes us late. My spouse has ADHD, my oldest son is 2E, and my second son has ADHD. My third child is a girl, she’s 4, and we have a one year old boy as well. Often, my daughter is better at getting herself ready to leave than my big boys.
    I have a couple of strategies that help. With my husband, I let him know how long we have until we need to pull out of our driveway. With my boys, I make sure they know what they must do to get ready, holding up a finger for each task. We keep shoes by our door so those are easy to find. I must make sure all devices are off. I also motivate them with the promise of a treat if we have the time to stop anywhere on our way without being late.

  20. Reading these comments with my 10-year-old son, has been Hilarious. It’s like a window into our own life! it’s so reassuring to see that the challenges we face in our own house, are experienced
    By others. Our toughest transition is every transition that it is away from electronics. My son has recently become interested in animating, and his hyper focus is on that activity. As a mother, I’m proud of his Hard work toward something he loves. But when it’s time to go to school, or time to go to church, or time to do anything else other than his electronics, it can be a struggle. He always asks for just a little bit more time. I commonly say in this house, Time waits for no one. Or we have no more time. We have had some success with timers, either set on our Google dot, or on his computer. I agree that giving him some control over it, asking him to set his own timer and be accountable to it when it goes off, works better than if I set the timer.

  21. Our household struggles less with transitions and more with a complete lack of awareness of how long a task should or will take.
    I’ve been wanting to purchase a TimeTimer for my stepson when working on school work, the visual of class time life would be a huge help, we were using the app for this purpose at one point but electronics have their own distraction issue.
    Our current biggest issue is end of night log off of gaming. I think the visual of his ten minute log off period that is times by LED desk lights would be complete with a TimeTimer to have the clock visual.

  22. Nearly all transitions can be trouble. If we go to the park it’s a nightmare to get my son to get in the car to go home. It helps some to only go when we can spend enough time for him to get hot and tired so the air conditioned car seems somewhat desirable in comparison.

  23. Our most difficult transition is starting the bedtime routine. My 9-year-old and 4-year-old were never interested in putting away the toys and getting ready for bed. But things have recently changed. Our doctor recommended the Oral B Magic Timer app to help with brushing teeth. It probably took me six months to even remember to download this app, as I figured it couldn’t possibly make any difference. I had to literally hold down my 4-year-old to get her to brush her teeth. If somebody had walked in the room, they would have been hard-pressed to identify if we were auditioning for the WWF or brushing teeth. However, she was immediately interested in this app. There are options for paid content, but we have only used the free parts. Kids earn a “sticker” each time they brush their teeth, and a toothbrush (the color/design of which the child chooses) brushes away parts of the screen covering the sticker over the course of two minutes while the child brushes his/her teeth; concurrently an optional tune plays in the background. Surprisingly, this was a hit! Within the first day or two of starting the app, I noted that she chose Minnie Mouse as her character and grabbed our Minnie Mouse doll, adding comedic commentary in a silly imitation of Minnie’s voice while the timer was counting down. Little did I know, this would become a necessary component to our nighttime ritual. Now, instead of complaints and wrestling matches, when I say it’s time to clean up the toys, grab the jammies and get ready to brush our teeth, the girls are eager to get ready for our nightly time with Minnie Mouse and the brushing app. Once the brushing is done, we pick out a book and “put Minnie to bed,” which takes us straight into the bedroom and into our final steps before sleep. I am really amazed at how just a couple small changes could make such a big impact!

  24. What are your (or your child’s) bumpiest transitions? What is your secret to smoothing them out?
    I’m not a parent, but definitely the transition from high school to college. I think having really organized peers as friends who gave a lot of grace helped me learn a lot about organizing my day.

  25. One of our hardest transitions is coming home from running errands. We tend to get overstimulated and just want to collapse and do something mind-numbing. We are experimenting with checking in with ourselves and each other before we drive home from our last errand. We sit in the car and breathe, talk, pray, and/or journal for a few minutes. When we feel centered, we start to drive home usually listening to music and often singing along. This also helps us prevent stopping to get junk food on the way home.

  26. One of my toughest transitions is leaving the house. There’s always one more thing to do, or one more thing I’ll maybe need, or one more text/email to check…trying to leave is exhausting! To make the transition slightly easier, I try to have everything prepped the night before and use timers to keep track of the time.

  27. With a less than 2 month old diagnoses, we now understand that the morning and evening transitions were a problem because of ADHD and not from wanting to be a pain! We are starting with rewards for good behaviour (foods to inspire, little prizes for good days) to get all of us through this. I’m spending more time praising her positive efforts, rather than focusing on the negative. Also, giving her the empowerment vs doing it for her is also key (I.e. don’t offer to brush her teeth for her)…..

  28. Lately one of our bumpiest transitions has been from TV time (only earned as a reward for finishing meals in reasonable amount of time). My 6-year-old gets so dysregulated when I take the remote away from her. Her OT suggested letting her set the sleep timer so that the TV shuts off on its own. What a difference it’s made!! Another transition difficulty we’ve had is going into school late after her weekly OT appointment. It results in her refusing to get out of the car, me carrying her to the building while she’s flailing and repeating “I don’t want to go to school,” and running away from me into the parking lot. Last week we gave her a visual schedule of how the morning would play out and I gave her gum to chew 5 minutes before we got to the school. She walked in saying to herself “think happy thoughts” and was very cheerful going in. Who knew the little things would have the biggest impact! Sometimes the hardest part is figuring out what situations require these seemingly simple solutions.

  29. Hardest translation right now is Daylight Saving Time. Arguably, I never know when to stop doing stuff and translation to sleep mode. I wish there was more on ADHD + Sleep disorders cause certainly nothing is helping me. I do use my iPhone’s alarm system to set several (and I mean several) alarms to remind me to take breaks to change tasks to something else. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always pan out exactly because iPhone batteries are useless and my phone drops from 90% to 20% in no time.

    Which means I’d have to not use my phone for anything, but alarms! That’s not what phones are originally for. I also have an impossible time cooking, thanks to the time blindness. Even when I’m reheating things or microwaving them do I tend to forget.

    Sad, but true story I once made ramen, but got distracted and never heard the “beep beep!” Noise… the ramen was cold and soggy by the time I got it. Anyways time is hard and transitioning through it even worse.

  30. My biggest problem is when tasks are not in front of me. I lose the task quickly if I go from place to place because the only thing that matters is what I can see. To help this, I repurposed a picture frame to use as a daily task organizer. I put all the items on there that I need to do for the day and sometimes long-term tasks.

  31. I have a hard time transitioning from random interuptions back to work. I feel like the first random phone call can throw my whole day off and down the drain! ‘Do Not Disturb’ is my only hope!

  32. Transitioning to leave where I am is brutal. Getting ready for my day, getting to work, leaving work to come home… All brutal tasks. But alarms reminding me early to get moving are the only way to keep me successful. And convincing myself to leave a few minutes early vs. “on time” is the only way to go!

  33. Our hardest transition time is definitely bedtime. My 11 year old does not like going to bed and leaving whatever he is participating in whether it is television, gaming or playing Legos. We have devised a plan that allows us to transition to the bed where we read a book that he has chosen for me to read to him. This allows one on one time together and also reading a book that allows him to test on at school for AR points. We just finished Where the Red Fern Grows and have had many conversations about its content. It has made for good bonding times and is a good way to end the day.

  34. Leaving for school and beginning homework. For leaving for school, my son now wears his school clothes to bed and we have his lunch and bag ready and by the front door the night before. For homework … we’re still figuring that one out. Some days going to the library works, other times it doesn’t. Getting him to start his homework before 7PM is an ongoing struggle.

  35. My children struggle with transitioning into the mindset to do their homework, once they finish school and after having a break to eat, bathe, etc. It’s like their brain “shuts down” once they’re relaxed.

    We’ve been setting alarms to start doing homework and sticking to a daily routine as much as possible. Even though at the moment they don’t feel like it, their brain starts “getting ready” if it anticipates the routine. I’ve also implemented doing 25 jumping jacks right before starting. It gives an energy boost and somehow helps with motivation.

  36. I’ve always loved the idea of physically seeing the time go by when I’m working for a deadline or on something I just simply don’t enjoy! For me, my biggest issue with transitioning has to do with screen time (like quite a few people here). I work in Information Technology so I spend lots of time online, and while working from home, sometimes my time online lands me not on work matters but rabbit holes of other tasks or interests. To get myself out of the “spiral of time wasting” I usually have to set an alarm on my phone. However, like I said, the idea of actually having a visual reminder – separate from my device – sounds like a great tool to have!

    Some other areas I struggle with occur around starting tasks I just don’t enjoy – like the dishes or homework for graduate school. I know I should do these things, but it’s hard to tell my ADHD brain that 5-15 minutes is not a long time for the dishes. I know I’ll feel better after tackling my to do list! Sometimes it’s so hard to tell this brain when to press the gas pedal and when to head for the brakes! Timers definitely help bring me back to reality!

  37. My toughest transition is morning to afternoon because I have never ever been a morning person since I was born.Yet I know I must do things like place important phone calls in the early part of the day so there time to play phone tag if necessary without waiting till the last minute…… But then its entering the rest of the day knowing there are other things to be done and that’s rough because I’ve already given my attention to other matters.And if its not phone calls I’m making its taking care of emails early and having difficulty getting to the next chore on the list .

  38. Transition: moving between in person and virtual learning with the pandemic

    Strategy: keeping constitant routines, checklists for completion that are chuncked, app timers to show amount of time to spend working on a task then check in, review of material from from the previous day, posting daily agendas, havibg students set alarms/ alerts for various things.

  39. My 7-year-old with ADHD and ODD has a very difficult time with the transition to bedtime. We have the same routine every night at the same time, but he loses his temper every night. It seems to help to take deep breaths together at the beginning of our routine. He’s focused on the time and often asks how long we have until the next thing, even at bedtime. I think it gives him some comfort.

  40. While my adopted twin boys have always struggled with transitions, a therapeutic school remarked something recently about one of them: the difficulty in transitioning between high energy activities and sedentary ones. Brilliant! The solution is to prolong the transition period before he has to sit. Sitting is definitely a non-preferred activity for my energetic boys with ADHD.

  41. Our hardest transition is ending technology time. We manage it by having a plan, times, and guidelines mapped out beforehand so my son is prepared for what is ahead.

  42. I struggle with motivation and time blindness. As a woman w/ adhd, I still struggle with both, timers help with this. I will use them until, if ever, I master these deficiencies

  43. My biggest challenge is transitioning from reading (which I enjoy immensely) to any chore but most especially cooking. Sometimes it works when I tell myself I will stop reading after this last chapter. Alarms on my phone tend to be ignored.

  44. For me my bumpiest transition seems quite simple: motivating myself to move off of the couch and away from my screen (phone, tablet, computer). This is especially difficult when working from home. There is no ‘office’ to go to, no need to change into my work clothes or get ready for anything in particular. Having said this, however, I just read through about a dozen other people’s comments and realized that there is nothing written here from which I do not suffer! Transitioning to mundane tasks from ‘fun’ activities is possibly another one of the top issues; hyper-focusing – I can work 10-12 hours straight sometimes and forget to eat; conversely I can have a hard time starting tasks and finishing them; my planning sucks – nothing new here; going to sleep; eating at the proper time; hyper-sensitivity and irritability; it’s all part of my ‘daily’ routine. In fact, my sleeping and waking hours have often been completely turned around. What I find that most tends to ‘smooth’ out these constant inconsistencies is finding the order in my chaos, so to speak. If I have days or weeks in a row where I stay up til 4am, I tell myself I do have a regular sleep/wake time, it’s just different from the norm. I may consistently go to bed at 4am for a week or two and get up 6 or so hours later each day. It is regular after all. It’s the same with my work or exercise habits or even getting tasks done like groceries or laundry. I tell myself that I do these things regularly three times a week – not at the same time – but over the course of the week they happen more or less regularly. Finally at the very least I spend a few minutes of each day writing things down in my journal/calendar. That way if I am even having a very unfocused day I can refer back to something written in a book and use it to focus if not immediately then at least hopefully the following day.

  45. My hardest transition has been starting my career in the healthcare field this year. I managed my symptoms all through school by using lots of lists and reminders and spent long hours at my desk to make up for my lack of focus. I learned that the Pomodoro technique was a game changer for me, and I was able to accomplish a lot more in my time. Now, I have much less time and am learning that I needed the help of stimulants to try and catch up with others and to also pay attention at work. The environment can be very distracting and tempting to exploit my impulsive side in a hurry. I hope I can eventually get in a routine to help make me more efficient! Any tips for working in a hospital would be appreciated!

  46. Getting my son out the door in the morning is PURE TORTURE…..along with the visual schedule we are using, it seems this would help him if he had a visual reminder of the time-frame allotted for each task. We have been thinking about ordering one and trying this strategy.

  47. I have difficulty transitioning from lunch back to seeing clients. Either I work through lunch or I take lunch and have problems getting back into the swing of things. I work with a lot of children and adults who also have difficulty with transitions. Interested in the time timer. Stacyfye@att.net

  48. Wow, it’s like Bee-lieve and I are the same person! I too have always struggled with time management, sticking to a task, and finishing a task. I constantly start several things at once, time escapes me, and then burn out before I finish anything or I get so hyper-focused on one task that I ignore all my other responsibilities because I so desperately want to finish the task. I’m perpetually late for everything in part because I have no concept of time. Tasks typically take me 3x the amount of time I anticipate them taking. I could really use a time like this to help set myself up for success instead of constant failure that’s leading to my negative self-image.

  49. Without a doubt, the transition from screens to anything off screens is the biggest battle in our house. A close second is getting my daughter to transition from reading. My kids never want to end things based solely on arbitrary time limits (i.e. they want to get to the end of the episode, the end of the chapter, or finish battling the boss, or whatever), but they also don’t know when not to start something new because they don’t have enough time. This is where something like a visual timer can help them make choices.

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