Astrid (free; for Android)
Taskmaster ($6.99; for BlackBerry)
These apps create tasks, prioritize and categorize them, and set deadlines. Astrid allows you to keep an updated, running task list with you at all times, and ranks the tasks in order of importance, based on the priority rating and due date you assigned each of them. Add Astrid Locale to remind you to complete tasks according to where you are — at home, on the road, at work.
Routinely (free; for Android)
It tracks daily and recurring tasks and activities, such as cleaning the kitchen, taking medication, and scheduling exercise, so you get into the habit of doing them. Enter your task in the app, set a notification time, and Routinely will remind you to do it. It also allows you to check off the task as you complete it. Routinely uses visual cues to keep you up to date on what you did — and did not do. Completed tasks are green, tasks you are behind on are yellow, and those you haven’t done in several days are red.
ADHD Self-Assessment Quiz ($1.99; for Android)
Suspect you or your child may have ADHD, or you have been diagnosed with the condition and are looking to manage symptoms, this app is for you. You can take the self-assessment quizzes, and the app will tell you whether further consultation is needed with your physician. If you’ve been diagnosed, the program — put together by ADHD guru Dr. Ned Hallowell — provides a wealth of information to help you better understand ADHD and its impact on your daily life. The app connects to ADHD-specific news and studies.
My Bills (free; for Android and BlackBerry)
Do you pay your bills late or bounce checks? My Bills will help you track and organize your finances. View all your bills in one place, receive due-date reminders and account notifications, and track where your money is going. Don’t always make good spending decisions? Use My Bills to check your account balances and incoming bills before making an impulsive purchase.
This article appears in the Spring 2012 issue of ADDitude.
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