Like a lot of people with ADHD I’m not a eat dessert last kind of person I’m a more eat dessert instead kind of person. Impatient. You know the marshmallow test back in the 60s and 70s before ADHD was even called ADHD. Dr. Walter Mitchell at Stanford University did an experiment where kids were offered a marshmallow and if they could wait five minutes before eating it they would get a second marshmallow and the study concluded that the kids who could wait had much better life expectancies. A later study done with many many more kids suggested not. Just economic background, that’s a big factor for that the willingness to wait and I came from a fairly middle-class background and I wasn’t waiting five minutes to get the second marshmallow. We’re eating it right? and then we’re looking around for the whole bag, seeing where they hid it.
The point I’m trying to make in spite of myself, is that time management problems are really a problem with tasks focusing. That’s not all time management problems are. Another aspect of time management is estimating how long it’s going to take to get to the dentist, shower before you leave you make a lunch to take with you, you’ve got to get on the treadmill to work off the calories from all the marshmallows.
So we fail to take into account the other things that might get in the way, and that’s really about getting real about the time and about sort of imagining your way through what it’s going to take. This is a common frustration that I hear all the time and one I’ve experienced myself arriving late for things because we have an 11 o’clock dentist appointment, it’s a 30-minute drive so okay I need to leave about 10:30 and when we now look on Google Maps it’s actually 37 minutes.
The 4 Keys To Time Management:
- Be realistic about time
- Break down what’s going to be involved in whatever you are doing
- Plan for the worst-case scenario
- Prioritize what is important
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