What is Hyper-Focus and How Does it Affect Those With ADD – ADHD? People who have ADD or ADHD usually don’t mean to be late. It’s not like they wake up in the morning, determined to be late for school or work or an important appointment. Most people with ADD have a very hard time managing their time. People who don’t have ADD rarely understand this, and so become angry when they perceive themselves to be a victim of someone who just doesn’t care enough to be on time.

Being late can cause problems in your family and harm your career. It can even cause problems between co-workers. For example, if you’re in school, and you habitually forget to hand in your assignments or are late for class, your grades will drop. If you’re late to work or lose track of time, making you late for a work-related meeting, you may lose your job.

This sometimes happens to people who have ADD because they become hyper-focused on a task and lose track of time. A lot of people who have ADD focus intently on a task; so intently, in fact, that they lose track of time. Hours seem to slip away, and the ADD may think that it’s only minutes. This is part of the reason why people who have ADD have a tendency to be late.

Time management is different for those who have ADD than it is for those who don’t. They have to learn how to manage their time even better than people who don’t have ADD. In fact, they may have to take drastic measures to ensure that they are on time.

What types of measures?

If it’s a persistent problem, people with ADD could buy a watch that vibrates at certain times of the day, which will help ensure that they’re on time. Getting things ready the night before is usually a good idea. Getting a planner is another solution that doesn’t cost a lot of money but can help you plan your day.

Even small things can make a world of difference. For example, if you read a few pages of a novel while sipping your morning coffee, you may have to limit yourself to a certain number of pages. That way, you don’t get caught up in the storyline and lose track of time.

Learning to manage your time, especially if you have ADD, is a learning curve. Try to pick out the ‘time wasters’ in your life, and figure out some countermeasures.

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