ADHD Product Test: Planner Pad

The Planner Pad promises to simplify users' lives with ADHD-friendly to-do lists and calendars. But did these ADDitude readers like the gadget enough to buy it?

Weekly planner

Reviewer: David West, computer programmer, Anderson, South Carolina

Biggest time-management challenge: Prioritizing. If I enter all the things I need to do on one list, my brain freezes, and I can’t decide what to do first.

How the Planner Pad helped: Seeing at a glance what I have to do, and what I've done, is helpful. It gives me a weekly focus instead of a myopic daily focus. Also, I hate copying undone items from one day’s list to the next, and the Planner Pad offered forgiveness. If I didn’t get to something on Tuesday, I could do it later in the week, as my schedule allowed.

Will I continue to use it? Despite years of trying, I can't enter data into a PDA as fast as I can write it. But I also want a planning system that gives automatic reminders. So I'll use this, along with electronic tools.

Reviewer: Kris Paige, ADD coach, llama rancher, and fiber artist, Livermore, Colorado

Biggest time-management challenge: Remembering everything I have to do, and where I go to do it.

How the Planner Pad helped: I did my best to write in my to-dos but, on some days, there wasn’t enough space for everything. That’s when arrows, lines, and colors helped. While the idea behind the system is great, my schedule doesn’t lend itself to assigning times for to-dos.

Will I continue to use it? The planner would work better for someone with a less complicated life. As it happens, my husband, a non-ADDer, fell in love with it.

Reviewer: Stacy Sentivan, cafeteria manager, Matthews, North Carolina

Biggest time-management challenge: Getting organized. I make a lot of lists, but I forget to bring them with me. I waste time looking for stray lists, or re-writing things I’ve already written down.

How the Planner Pad helped: I used the planner for appointments and for to-do and grocery lists", so I knew where to look for everything. Filling out my "Major Goal This Week at the top of each page helped me stay focused.

Will I continue to use it? Yes! It is amazing how motivated I feel when I can prioritize what needs to get done.

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