Better Sleep, More Productivity
(unstuck.com; iOS, Android, Web; free)
This well-created app, in both function and design, helps free up your ADHD brain when it gets knotted. We've all been there. Unstuck uses cognitive behavioral therapy principles and has an engaging interface. You start by selecting and rating cards that best describe your feelings (for example, you are indecisive, lost, overwhelmed, unmotivated, etc.), then you sort feelings (for example, "I don't know why this isn't working") into two piles: "So me" and "Not me." Then choose from a list of behaviors, add some additional information about exactly how you are stuck, and it will give you tips to free you up.
23. Sleep as Android
(sleep.urbandroid.org/; Android; free, full version $2.99)
Sleep as Android tracks your sleeping patterns and shows you graphs based on how well or poorly you slept that night. It'll warn you if you're running on a sleep deficit, and will tell you that you need to get back to consistent sleep habits.
The app can also record sound in the room while you're sleeping, to catch your snoring or your talking in your sleep, which can be fun to listen to the next morning. Sleep as Android wakes you up at the best possible time, according to your REM cycle. The app integrates with Android Gear, including the Pebble Smartwatch and Philips Hue Smart Light.
24. Sleep Cycle
(sleepcycle.com; iOS, Android; free)
There aren't many apps that can change the quality of your life, but this one can. Sleep Cycle uses your phone's motion sensors to pick up on movement while you're asleep. The intelligent alarm feature will wake you as early as 30 minutes before your alarm, based on your lightest phase of sleep. The app also allows you to see how daily activities affect your sleep quality.
(getchronos.com; iOS, Android; free)
Chronos is a data collector that gives you valuable insights about how and where you spend your time. You set goals, and the app tracks your progress automatically. This can be a great tool if you're working with a coach and you need to track your time.
Once a week, Chronos will e-mail you an infographic showing you how much time you spend at work, in the car, sleeping, at the gym, with friends, and more. Best of all, the app learns about you from your behaviors. The longer you use it, the smarter it gets.
36. Podcast Players
(iOS: Downcast, $2.99 / Podcast, free; Android: Pocket Casts, $3.99 / Stitcher, free)
If you've never listened to a podcast, or you are not sure what a podcast is, it's somewhere between an audio blog and a downloadable, ondemand independent radio. What do podcasts have to do with productivity and ADHD? Go to iTunes and search for podcasts using the keywords "ADHD," "LD," "self-help," "productivity," "parenting," or whatever your interest is. You will be amazed at how much free and valuable content is out there.
There are also many podcasts that are entertaining. I use and recommend podcasts to help me fall asleep. My brain's internal chatter quiets down only when I can listen to someone talk. Not all podcasts are good to fall asleep to. You will have to experiment to see what works for you. Make sure to set a sleep alarm, so it doesn't wake you later in the night.