A Killer ADHD Time Management Tip

by | May 7, 2020 | ADHD Productivity | 3 comments

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We have been working from home for almost two months now and I don’t know about you, but time is an elusive thing here.

I’ve talked to so many people whose days and nights have flipped, their meal times are off and they often don’t know what day of the week it is.

They are missing work deadlines, unprepared to help with homeschool projects and scrambling at the last minute to get the things they need to get the things done!

Does this sound familiar?

Here’s an amazing ADHD time management tip so simple, you’re sure to smack your forehead and yelp, “Why didn’t I think of that!?”

I call it Dana’s Time Management Rule #1. Why? Because when you ignore Rule #1, life falls into chaos faster than you can say “Living with ADHD doesn’t have to be so hard.”

Rule #1 is quite simple. There are two short steps:

1. The instant you create an appointment on your calendar you ask yourself, “what do I need to be ready for this appointment?”

2. Immediately schedule those things on your task list.

That’s it. What could be easier?

(Obviously, it won’t be easy if you don’t have a calendar or a dependable task list system. If that’s the case, check out my Foundations of ADHD Success online course.)

Rule #1 is the ADHD time management tip that will make life calmer and more successful both at work and at home.

When you follow Rule #1, you are more likely to:

● show up for Zoom meetings confident and prepared (dressed and showered)

● have all the materials and equipment you need to make a presentation

● avoid last minute panic before you go food shopping (or have food delivered) because you know what you need

● have the materials you need for to homeschool your child and have them ready for their finals

● have a decent bottle of wine to open for the next online social gathering you’re invited to

● be set with a gift and surprise the day BEFORE the birthday 

Rule #1 lets you pause to gather your thoughts and make sure you’ve covered all the bases. To think through all those details an ADHD brain naturally overlooks.

Unmanaged ADHD makes everything harder than necessary. There’s a reason I call this simple ADHD Time Management tip Rule #1. It’s the secret to living more easily with ADHD.

Want to learn what happens when I break Rule #1 and more tips for time management? Click below:


  1. Doug Puryear

    dana – i like it! do it immediately and it will get done.

  2. Trace

    What happens when you’re planning multiple tasks/events and they are all horribly boring to plan for?

    • Dana Rayburn

      Trace, if you can get a planning buddy or delegate that will be helpful. If not, you’ll need to figure out ways to do it. The reality of life is that sometimes we have to do boring things we don’t like to do. I know it’s hard. Often if you can just get started you can push though. Good luck! Dana


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