Time management for teenagers with ADHD

Time management can be a particularly tricky area for some teens with ADHD. Some might experience difficulty in this area due to the tendency to be distractible, impulsive, hyperactive and poor concentration abilities. If this sounds like you then now is the time to put things in place to manage before it gets out of control.


During the next few years there will be several demands on your time. These will come from family, school, friends, sporting groups and employers at your part time job if you have one. It is critical that you put things in place to organise your day. You need to think about the following and how you might manage these things:

  • Get myself organised in the morning
  • Organising your school work, homework, assignments and exam study
  • Getting to school, work, social events and home
  • My weekends
  • My family
  • My friends

At work there are a number of expectations that an employer will have and you need to ensure that you meet these expectations so you keep your job. Here are some things you need to know:

  • Ensure you arrive at work on time
  • Make sure you wear the correct clothes for the job
  • Remember your personal hygiene will be noticed
  • Do your assigned jobs well and in a timely manner
  • Communicate with people effectively
  • Notify your boss if you are unable to come to work

This may seem a lot to think about and manage but if you put routines into place and prioritise things it can be done successfully. Teachers, family and friends will help you if you ask. Remember if you begin to organise yourself now it will help you all the way through school and to whatever pathway you will take when you leave school.

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