How to Keep Your Appointments If You Have ADD

It’s no secret that people with ADD often have a hard time being on time. They frequently misplace items that they need, such as car keys. Sometimes they insist that they should show up to an appointment on time, but not before and they are usually unorganized, which leads to time lost doing things a more organized person wouldn’t have to do.

Provide Extra Time

The best thing you can possibly do to avoid missing or being late to a meeting is to plan in some extra time. That way, things like traffic snarls, forgotten keys or any other delay can be accounted for. For instance, if you have an important meeting at 9 am, leave 15 minutes before the time that you would actually have to leave to be on time. This will ensure that you’re rarely late.

Tick Tock

Most people do regular things, like go to work in the morning. Whenever you go somewhere, try to time yourself to see how long it takes you to get there. Write the numbers down if you have too.

You can also look the route up using technology, such as mapquest. Mapquest will provide you with an estimated time of arrival. Another option is a GPS unit, which is more expensive, but it can really save you a lot of time.

Get Ready Early

A lot of ADD’ers have a hard time finding things. They habitually lose things, which can waste a lot of time. Instead of leaving things to the last minute, where any mistake can lead to being late, get prepared for your day the night before. Set out your clothes, keys, brief case or whatever else you may need the night before. That way, you just wake up and go.

Use Your Imagination

Most people, not just people who have ADD, don’t think about the consequences of being late. Take a few minutes to imagine what the other person is feeling. Try to put yourself in their shoes. Would you want to be kept waiting?

Sometimes, putting ourselves in someone else’s predicament can help us realize the possible ramifications of our actions.

These are just a few of the tips and tricks that I use to ensure that I’m not late for an appointment. I hope that they help you. Remember, don’t use your ADD as an excuse or a crutch. Instead, improvise and find out how to turn your weaknesses into strengths.

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By Frank Coppola

My name is Frank Coppola MA, ODC, ACG and I have a passion for personal and professional coaching, with a specialization in people with ADD. I find it gratifying working with adults - parents, entrepreneurs, couples and educators - with and without ADD. I believe firmly that the only thing wrong with ADD is not knowing you have it! Once properly diagnosed and properly coached, people with ADD have unique advantages waiting to be appreciated by themselves and others.

I am an ADD Benefit’s Coach & Trainer. In a world designed by people with invisible challenges like ADD, we can sometimes feel misplaced. I love helping others understand and appreciate how their “unique brain wiring” can actually be their strongest friend and ally. We work together to uncover your talents and maximize your strengths so you can take full advantage and benefit from your ADD.