Got the “it will only take 5 minutes” time blindness?
More recently, the term “time blindness” has surfaced as a quick reference to the trouble adults have with their ADHD time management system. It’s a nice catchall for the variety of ways ADD can distort or blind a person’s time perception.
“5 minutes” time blindness shows up when ADHD adults try to estimate how long a task might take. The ” it will only take 5 minutes” rule that’s often used frequently underestimates the amount of time and effort it takes to complete a task or make an appointment, resulting in head scratching and disappointment.
Conversely, that same person might way over estimate the amount of time required for a task, resulting in overwhelm and procrastination.
To help put it in perspective, I created a quick reference list of 10 everyday things you really can do in 5 minutes to stay in control and move your life forward.
AND, I also included 10 things that CAN’T be done in 5 minutes, just to help dispel some of the magical thinking that pals around with time-blindness.
10 productive things you can do in five minutes or less:
- Open your mail over the recycling bin and set aside action items (bills, tax info, insurance, etc.).
- Hang up or fold and put away clothing left on chairs, floor, etc.
- Empty the dish washer
- Load the dishwasher.
- Cut up and bag vegetables for easy access during the week.
- Set up auto-payment for re-occuring bills
- Fold and put away one basket of clothes.
- Pay 10 bills online or 5 by snailmail
- Wipe down kitchen appliances and counter tops.
- Clean out the clutter in your car (overwhelmed? start with 5 minutes).
10 things that you (might think you can but,) CAN’T do in five minutes or less:
- Run to the grocery store, mall (or any other errand), or get gas for the car.
- Check email and respond to anyone.
- Search internet out of curiosity (dating sites, information, recipes, or other “entertainment”).
- Prepare and file income taxes.
- Play a little of League of Legends, Counter Strike or World of Warcraft online.
- Check and post on Facebook.
- Vacuum and dust home.
- Take a shower and all of the other stuff that goes along with getting ready to go to school, work, or any other time sensitive activities.
- Get to work, school or any other sensitive activities on time.
- Write a paper for school, a recommendation for work or prepare for a customer call.
And finally, if you need help managing your adult ADHD don’t procrastinate. Get some assistance. You can contact me at email@example.com, or visit my website: https://adhdtreatmentsolutions.com/