In an enlightening and informative episode of the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast, co-hosts Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris delve into the common struggle of time blindness and time perception impairment in adults with ADHD. They provide valuable insights, practical strategies, and actionable tips to help individuals overcome these challenges and manage their time more effectively.
Tara and Lynne start by discussing the concept of time blindness and how it affects individuals with ADHD. They explain that time blindness refers to the difficulty in accurately perceiving the passage of time, estimating how long tasks take, and managing time effectively. This struggle can lead to poor time management, missed deadlines, and increased stress.
The co-hosts emphasize the importance of distinguishing between efforts to strengthen time perception and accommodating or externalizing time-related struggles. While it’s crucial to work on improving time management skills, they acknowledge that some individuals may require additional strategies and external tools to navigate their time perception impairments effectively.
To address time blindness and improve time management, Tara and Lynne share practical strategies that individuals with ADHD can implement:
1. External Tools and Supports: They suggest using timers, alarms, and reminders to help individuals stay on track and manage their time effectively. These external aids can provide visual and auditory cues to assist with task transitions and time allocation.
2. Visual Organization: The co-hosts recommend using visual cues, such as calendars, planners, and to-do lists, to create a visual representation of time and tasks. Breaking down larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps can also help individuals with ADHD better estimate the time required for each component.
3. Prioritization and Time Blocking: Tara and Lynne stress the importance of prioritizing tasks and activities. They encourage individuals to identify and focus on high-priority items, ensuring that essential tasks are completed first. Time blocking, allocating specific time slots for different activities, can also help individuals structure their day and allocate time more effectively.
4. Structure and Routine: Establishing consistent daily routines and implementing organizational systems can greatly support time management. By creating structure, individuals with ADHD can reduce the need to rely solely on internal time cues and develop habits that promote better time management.
5. Time Awareness Exercises: Tara and Lynne suggest engaging in exercises to improve time perception, such as estimating how long certain activities take and comparing them to the actual time elapsed. This practice can help individuals develop a better understanding of their personal time perception and adjust their planning accordingly.
6. Mindfulness and Self-Reflection: The co-hosts highlight the importance of practicing mindfulness and self-reflection to develop awareness of time-related challenges. By cultivating a present moment awareness and observing thoughts and behaviors related to time management, individuals can make conscious changes and adopt more effective strategies.
7. Self-Compassion and Patience: Tara and Lynne emphasize the significance of self-compassion and patience throughout the journey of managing time with ADHD. They encourage individuals to be kind to themselves, celebrate small victories, and seek support from others who understand their struggles.
Throughout the episode, Tara and Lynne provide practical insights, relatable anecdotes, and actionable strategies to empower individuals with ADHD to overcome time blindness and improve their time management skills. They emphasize the importance of finding strategies that work best for each individual and adjusting them as needed.
In conclusion, the episode featuring Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris on the ADHD Support Talk Radio Podcast serves as a valuable resource for individuals struggling with time blindness and time perception impairment in adulthood. By understanding the difference between efforts to strengthen time perception and accommodating time-related struggles, and by implementing practical strategies and insights, individuals can navigate their time challenges more effectively. With the guidance and support shared in this episode, individuals with ADHD can develop stronger time management skills, reduce stress, and lead more balanced and fulfilling lives.
Tara McGillicuddy is described by those who know her – clients, fellow leaders, and community – as dedicated to the deep, soulful energetic-level shifts required by life. Whether she’s helping to SEE your life more clearly, identify where you’re stuck, tuning into sacred energies OR she’s helping to build a practical life with tools, structure, physical help and precise action steps, she is committed to giving everything she knows to help you live your best life and to feel fulfilled by it.
Tara has been known and celebrated in the ADHD community for decades of practical and long-lasting shifts in tens of thousands in her communities. The creator of ADDClasses.com, The ADHD Awareness Expo and ADHD Support Talk Radio Tara is one of the longest-standing leaders in the field. Over the years she has also honed her natural skills as an empath. She now also combines the rare gift of sight and energetic knowing and her latest project is Empath Now a resource to help Empower Empaths.
Podcast Co-Host Lynne Edris is a Productivity & ADHD Coach who helps overwhelmed professionals from all over the world learn to accomplish what they intend and take control of their days with ease so that they can perform at the level of their abilities and have more time, more energy and more bandwidth for what matters most to them. Lynne is a woman, wife, and mom with ADHD herself, so she understands the struggles and challenges of living with ADHD. She has gone from living in the constant state of chaos, overwhelm, and under-performance that adults with ADHD know far too well, to living a life of more success and fulfillment than she once dreamed possible. Her passion is to help others fulfill their own potential and start “firing on all cylinders” in all areas of your life. You can learn more about Lynne at www.CoachingADDvantages.com, and text keyword “HACK” to 33777 to get her 7 Fool-Proof Productivity Hacks for unfocused professionals!
ADHD Support Talk Radio is an award winning Podcast for Adults with ADD / ADHD. Co-hosts Tara McGillicuddy and Lynne Edris are joined by Adult ADHD experts and they cover important topics related to Adult ADD / ADHD. Podcast guests include Dr. Edward Hallowell, Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Dr. Ari Tuckman, Laurie Dupar, Terry Matlen and many more.
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