What’s the second most annoying ADHD symptom? If you’re desperate to stop being late, you already know!
(In case you’re wondering, my ADHD coaching clients tell me the most annoying ADHD symptom is being disorganized.)
Yes, being late is a common complaint of ADHD Adults, their families and friends. (My dad used to call it Dana Time in the days when I was 10 minutes late for everything.)
A Tip To Help You Stop Being Late with ADHD
Know how much time you TRULY need to get ready and out of the house.
Yep. That’s your tip. Know how much time you REALLY need.
No guessing. I want you to time yourself. One reason you’re always late is you’ve been guessing how much time you need.
If it truly takes you an hour to get ready but you believe it takes you 45-minutes, guess what? You’ll be late!
Time yourself. Get out your smart phone and use that timer for a couple of days.
Having an accurate idea of how much time you need to get your ADHD self out the door will make a big difference.
Most people don’t realize how much time it takes to do all the things they must do before dashing out the door.
Seriously, if you want to stop being late with ADHD you can’t guess at this.
Are you late for work? You may think it takes you a minute to brush your teeth but are you sure? How long does it really take you to make breakfast?
Are you late for meetings and appointments? You better get clear on how long it takes you to wrap up what you’re doing and get where you need to go.
Are you late getting home from work? You need to time how long it takes you to leave the office at the end of your day.
Do you really know how long it takes you to take care of those last minute details? Check your calendar for tomorrow, shut down your computer, and clear off your desk? (You do these things right? If not your life will be in chaos. You need an ADHD coach.)
If you’re guessing, I’ll bet it takes you longer than you think. Which is why you get home late from work and catch grief from your family.
There you have it. If you’re serious about learning how to stop being late with ADHD you need to use your timer and know how much time you really need to get out the door.