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Time Blindness and ADHD

Posted by Christen Barbercheck on


Whether it is at home or in school, one of the biggest obstacles to a productive day facing people with ADHD is time management.  

There are many ways in which time can create problems for people with ADHD, and one of the biggest issues for people with ADHD is “time blindness”.  


What Is Time Blindness?  

Time blindness refers to an undeveloped sense of the passage of time, so that the present, “now”, tends to be the main focus of one’s sense of time, with the past and future being out of view.  

Time blindness can also refer to difficulty in estimating how long a task will take.  

Many people feel time passing, even if the sense of how much time has passed is not entirely precise. Anyone with memories of sitting through a particularly uninteresting class will remember how 5 minutes can feel like 50 minutes.  

However, many people with ADHD have difficulty telling whether time is passing at all. This can make test-taking, getting ready in the morning, trying to finish a project by a deadline, really, virtually any time-oriented task, a unique struggle.  

For children and adults alike, time blindness can be a serious hindrance to flourishing.  

Because of time blindness, a student may lag behind in school, hurting the chances of getting into a good college down the line, or just missing out on a well-rounded education in general.  

Adults who show up to work and meetings late may be at risk of losing their jobs or not advancing, career-wise, as they ought to be.  

To prevent these issues, people with ADHD need time-management tools to help them stay on track. Luckily, Time Timer offers time-management solutions that are specifically tailored for those with ADHD 


How Time Timer Products Help with Time Blindness  

Time Timer offers visual timers that come in many sizes and forms, from a wristwatch that can be great for discreet time-management on the go or in public, to a dry erase board that fits a visual timer. 

Visual time-telling can be a game-changer for anyone who struggles with time blindness. This is especially true with our patented red-disk design, made iconic by our Original Visual Timer.   

With the elapsing disk unique to Time Timer products, users get a better visual sense of just how much time has passed than when using a traditional clock.  

This is because the red disk provides an immediate visual update as to how much time has passed, and how much time is left, in a certain task.  Check out our Time Timer MOD visual timers to see how design and style can make using a visual timer an exciting and—crucially—visually interesting time-management tool.   

By having a consistent reminder of the passing of time, represented visually, anxiety about time blindness will be relieved, and productivity, punctuality, and progress will become the norm.  


More Great Time Management Products from Time Timer   

Time Timer products have been essential for creating success in homes and classrooms around the world, with a variety of uses for Time Timer products for people with special needs.  

Check out the rest of the Time Timer products, which includes the Time Timer Wash, a great handwashing aid for creating a healthier school or home environment. 


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