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Time Management for Teens and Tweens With ADHD

Write To-Do Lists

An unplanned day can seem overwhelming to a child with ADHD. Break down each day by activity to make long stretches of time more manageable for your teen or tween.

Then, break down big activities into smaller steps. Include regular breaks to give your child a chance to get up, move around, and relieve boredom.

A sample to-do list might look something like this:

3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Work on history paper

  • Organize notes
  • Write outline

4 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Take break

4:15 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Do math homework

  • Finish page 25
  • Finish page 26
  • Check your work

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Take break

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Study for science test

  • Review notes
  • Re-read chapter one in biology textbook
  • Write up flash cards and test yourself

5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Take break

6 p.m. Eat dinner

6:45 p.m. Clean your room

  • Pick toys up off the floor
  • Throw clothes in hamper
  • Put books on the bookshelf
  • Clear papers off your desk

Have your child cross off each item when it's finished. Kids get a sense of accomplishment from knowing they've completed a whole list of activities.

When the day's list is successfully finished, offer your teen a reward. Pop a movie into the DVD player or go out for ice cream.

Your child's time management skills might not improve overnight. But if you stick with these steps and stay consistent, eventually your tween or teen will get much more efficient at doing homework, chores, and other daily activities.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on October 28, 2014
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