What are some ways to combat time blindness?
ADHD SympToms: Time Blindness
Time blindness refers to the inability to gauge the passage of time.
What's time blindness?
Time blindness refers to the inability to gauge the passage of time or estimate time.
Time blindness doesn’t just affect our ability to be on time, it also affects our ability to estimate how much time a task will take.
If you lose track of time, don't keep forcing the issue, externalize. It is totally ok to find some device, tool, or technology to give you a hand.
You can do it:
Combat time Blindness
Did you forget about traffic?
People with time blindness often forget to plan for details like stopping for gas, or traffic jams. Those things can make us majorly late!
Use an analog watch– . For people with ADHD, it can be difficult to visualize time, but analog watches help to bring that back into possibility.
When trying to stay on task, use a nudge alarm– For some of us, it can be helpful to have an alarm or a chime go off to alert us to the passage of time.
Once we get into a task that we love to hyperfocus on, we can’t tear ourselves away. Avoid these kinds of tasks before important tasks.
Stop hyperfocus before it starts
Do the same tasks at the same time each day–Just like any other type of repetition, it becomes easier to mark the passage of time when you have performed that task time after time.
Estimate off the worst-case scenario– We often estimate on the very best case scenario; instead leave some space/time for things to go wrong.
ADHD presents many challenges to us over the course of a lifetime, but few of them can be as frustrating as our relationship with time. This is a skill that you CAN sharpen over time, I promise.