Calling all learners: Start the year with better time and task management | Sharon Saline, Psy.D. | 6 Min Read

August 24, 2022

As the prospect of starting school looms in the distance, now is the perfect time to teach and practice some tools related to time management and task initiation and completion. Whether it’s mowing the lawn, unloading the dishwasher, or starting summer homework, projects can be challenging to start, stick with, and complete, especially for neurodiverse students. Whether you’re putting off a project, or just slogging through each part of it over the course of what seems like hours or days, a new undertaking, particularly one that seems unpleasant, can really drain children and teens (and adults too!). No matter how small a project, or how large a task, we have all experienced anxiety around completing something, especially if we or a loved one have ADHD. Fortunately, personal project planners can really help to diminish the overwhelm.

The goal of using any planner is to provide structure for planning, prioritizing, and sequencing aspects of executive functioning skills. These are the processes that get you from the beginning to the end of a task. Different types of forms or personal project planners can make a task feel manageable. When I’m overwhelmed with too much to do, I rely…

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Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Sharon Saline, Psy.D. is a top expert in ADHD and neurodiversity. Dr. Saline specializes in an integrative approach to managing ADHD, anxiety, executive functioning skills, learning differences and mental health issues in neurodiverse and 2e children, teens, college-age adults and families. With over 25 years of clinical experience, she brings a positive, strength-based approach to improving the challenges related to attention, learning and behavior. As a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Northampton, MA, Dr. Saline helps people reduce frustration, develop daily living skills, communicate better and feel closer. An internationally sought-after lecturer, workshop facilitator, and educator/clinician trainer, she adeptly addresses topics ranging from making sense of ADHD and executive functioning skills to managing anxiety to understanding the teen brain. You may contact Dr. Sharon Saline at