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How an engineering manager uses Timeular to keep ADHD in check

How an engineering manager uses Timeular to keep ADHD in check

Jeremy Cutler is an engineering manager at the fast-growing payments company Stripe. He’s also diagnosed with ADHD which presents specific challenges (and opportunities) when it comes to time management. Here’s how he uses Timeular to build healthy time management habits to keep himself in check.

The challenge: interrupted time

Jeremy was struggling with feeling disorganized and found himself unable to spend enough uninterrupted time on tasks. He needed to find a way to see where his time was going in order to keep himself accountable.

The solution: using Timeular to gamify time tracking

Using his Tracker to track Technical Work, People Management, Planning and Reading/Learning, Jeremy extracted his data using the Timeular API into a separate database to run some advanced queries to explore how his time is spent over long periods of time.

As well as the insight of the data itself, measuring his time with the Timeular Tracker has its own benefits for Jeremy. He finds that it helps gamify the process of time tracking (one of the best tips to overcome ADHD procrastination), giving him a much-needed dopamine hit when turning it and moving to the next task. The desktop timer feature of the paired app helps him avoid hyperfocus (a challenge for people with ADHD).

The outcome: better time management and increased focus

As a result of his tracking and insights, Jeremy finds that Timeular helps him to manage executive dysfunction. He’s able to create discrete moments to check in with himself to make sure he’s working on what matters for an appropriate amount of time (two separate challenges for people with ADHD). In addition, the data visualizations he’s created allow him to make adjustments to his routine to help him work smarter – for example, adjusting the parts of the day he reserves for focused work vs meetings.

Overall, Timeular has helped Jeremy improve his productivity by allowing him to be more honest with himself about levels of effort of work that he self-assigns which, in turn, helps him delegate more effectively. He’s also able to keep more on track with work than he’s normally able to by making sure he’s working on the highest priority tasks at any given time.

For those with ADHD faced with similar challenges, Jeremy recently shared some great advice on Twitter.

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