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Let's talk ADHD and Time Blindness

Updated: Jun 4, 2023


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ADHD Time Blindness

What is Time Blindness?


Time blindness is a condition that affects people with ADHD. It can be defined as an inability to see the passage of time or estimate how much time has passed.


People with ADHD often have difficulty organising their lives and managing their schedules because they don't notice when things are happening in the present moment. This can lead to missed appointments, forgotten meetings, late arrivals at work or school (or both), unmade beds and dirty dishes in the sink—the list goes on!


As you might imagine, this can cause problems for people who want to manage their time effectively but struggle with poor planning skills due to ADHD symptoms.


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ADHD Time

Strategies for Managing Time Blindness


Create a daily routine.

A routine is the best way to ensure that you're getting all your tasks done, and it can also help prevent time blindness by ensuring that you don't forget about something important.


Set reminders and alarms.

When you have ADHD, it's easy to forget things like appointments or meetings--so set reminders for yourself! You can use an app like Google Calendar or Apple Reminders (or even write down your reminders on paper), but whatever works best for your lifestyle will be fine too!


Break down tasks into manageable chunks.

Suppose there are too many steps involved in completing a task. In that case, it may seem overwhelming and impossible at first glance--but breaking down those steps into smaller chunks makes them seem more manageable and less intimidating overall.


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ADHD Timeblindness

Understanding the Impact of ADHD on Time Blindness


Time blindness is a common symptom of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). People with ADHD often struggle with prioritising tasks, staying focused on one task at a time, and planning upcoming events or deadlines. In addition to these challenges, many people with ADHD also experience significant difficulty keeping track of time--they may feel like their days fly by without noticing any change in activity level or the environment around them. This can cause problems when it comes to managing daily routines like work schedules or meal preparation because these activities require being able to anticipate how much time they'll take up so that other tasks can be completed in advance as well as possible, given available resources such as supplies needed for cooking meals at home versus eating out somewhere else instead; this kind of awareness helps us plan so we don't end up wasting precious minutes trying frantically find something important when we run out unexpectedly (like forgetting where exactly did I put my keys).


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ADHD Time Management

Recognising and Celebrating Successes


As you begin to recognise your ADHD and time blindness, it's important to celebrate your successes. This can be done in several ways:


  • Focusing on the positive aspects of your life

  • Celebrating accomplishments

  • Rewarding yourself for accomplishing tasks


ADHD and time blindness are both real, but they can be overcome. Time blindness is a common symptom of ADHD. There are many ways to combat time blindness, including using a timer or alarm clock, setting reminders on your phone, and writing down appointments in advance.


At REACH ADHD Coaching and Consultancy, Perth, Australia, we are here to help. Contact us if you want to build strategies to reach for new possibilities.


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