This is my best friend, my Time Timer.
This is one of only two products I consistently recommend to clients.
We are all wired so differently – how our brains work, how we stay motivated, how we get started or finish tasks – that recommending products is complicated.
However, the this works for so many people that I don’t hesitate to mention it, if a client’s having difficulty with issues related to time. This friend will not solve all your issues, but it’s a huge support to your own efforts. If you click the photo, you’ll go to their web site. I do not earn anything for this; it’s just a great product.
Single Favorite Use for Mine
I used to be a late a lot. Now I set this to show me how much time I have left until I have to leave. And I put it right in front of my screen so I can’t miss it. I don’t need to stop to look at a clock and recalculate how much time I have left. Some of you will get this math issue and some may not; it’s an executive function thing, I’m convinced.
Here is how I set my timer as I write today. The RED says that I have 15 minutes left. No recalculating. It’s quite clear and simple and eye catching – WITHOUT interrupting my work. As my time goes away, the red pie slice gets smaller.
I’m much happier with my relationship with time than I used to be (where we fought a lot!)
- Mine keeps me on schedule better than my own brain has ever done (and the beeper isn’t yelling at me; it’s a nice, gentle sound!)
- Gives me a better sense of how much time passes.
- Keeps me out of hyper focus.
- Doesn’t interrupt my thinking yet keeps me aware of time.
- Is portable. I use this one at home/home office. I have a larger one I use in workshops to keep track of time.
- It’s not technology. It is simple to use. And we all need something simple these days.
Fill the tiny slots of time in your day: This also requires you to break down your project into small steps. One step closer, as I’m often heard to say. When you have those small bits and pieces of time, it’s easier to bite off small pieces and get them done, yet stay on track with your day. Again, without your breaking down the project into small steps, your product isn’t solving the whole problem, but it does solve a big piece.
Laundry: How many people say laundry seems to take forever? Set it for the length of the wash cycle and keep it with you, wherever you are in the house. Set the audio beeper to ‘on,’ and you’ll keep up with the cycles better.
Hyperfocus or time wasters: How long are you actually … on Facebook, for example: Say you want to eliminate what you suspect is a time sink. Set this for how long you want to be on Facebook, i.e., make a choice. You’ll be more focused and end on time, so you have time for something special.
Get started. Declutter a drawer or daily maintenance/pickup: Play the time game. Set this fun clock for 15 minutes and RACE to get done before the timer. What’s different? This is more fun than an egg timer or microwave clock; it’s WITH you everywhere you go. Your new best friend.
Do you have ADHD?
- I suggest clients buy these (or clocks at least) in different sizes, so they are all around the house, office, classroom.
- How about in the bathroom to see how long the morning routine takes? And …
- …when to move from one part of your routine to the next.
- Hyperfocus: same as above, but use it more often on those topics you’re aware are an issue for you.
- Switching tasks/switching gears: set your timer for stopping a task, the time you have to transition, and get back to your next task.
- Leaving on time – the idea is to use this
Good luck. Let us all know how you use yours!
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