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Time Management: Best Apps for ADHD Adults
Your smartphone has the potential to be the ultimate time management tool—all it needs are a few upgrades. Try out these top-rated productivity apps, tailor-made for ADHD adults.
by the editors of ADDitude
Manage Your Time with Productivity Apps
Time is a precious commodity, especially if you're an ADHDer who is prone to disorganization and procrastination. So don't delay! Download these ADHD-friendly apps to get yourself on task, on time, and on top of your productivity game. You'll be completing that to-do list in no time.
A good checklist is an ADHD adult's best friend—and Listastic
is an app no ADHD adult should be without. From a grocery list to the day's tasks at work, Listastic organizes your information into one of three sections: active, later, and completed. You can color-code your lists, hide them, or call them up at a designated date. If you need to share your list with others, just tap the "share button" from within any list and select the contact you'd like to send it to.
Like a sticker chart for adults, Lift
helps you build habits. The app combines social networking and a daily chart to help you track when and how often you're doing an action. The ability to tap into a supportive community to give or receive "props" (similar to a Facebook "like") increases the chance that you will take action. Available habits range from "Floss Teeth" or "Clear Clutter" to the more difficult "Wake Up on Time." You also get daily tips and pats on the back for completing tasks.
When adding a task to Finish
, you select a due date: "Short Term," "Mid Term," or "Long Term." You decide how many days each of those phrases means. Instead of telling you the day something is due, Finish tells you how long you have to complete it. The app will alert you whenever something gets closer to its due date and move it from one time category to another. Focus Mode, ideal for ADHDers, shows only the most important tasks in your list and hides the rest.
app can be used to manage simple reminders and checklists, as well as larger projects. It lets you organize tasks by color -- an important feature for visually oriented ADHDers. It features a clear tab system that allows you to not only create lists, but to color-code them by context or project—an important feature for visually oriented ADHDers. Each task is sortable by priority, due date, note, an embedded audio note, and/or photo. The app also lets you defer tasks to a later date, a handy feature for ADHD adults.
allows you to set sequential countdown timers to walk you through your day's tasks. The app's gesture-based controls make it a snap to use, so just a few minutes each morning setting up your schedule will take the guesswork out of what you need to do next, all day long. 30/30 will make you keenly aware of how you underestimate how long it will take to do things.
is a clear and simple task manager. The app gives you a view of five days at a time, where you can assign tasks completion dates. There's room at the bottom of the screen to list tasks by project. You can sync your TeuxDeux account on your phone and Web browser, so you'll always have your updated tasks whether at your desk or on the go.
is a cross between a digital organizer and a role-playing video game. You choose an avatar that appeals to you, then select a task that you want to accomplish. As tasks are completed, players pick up points, "treasures," and loot. The video-game elements appeal to the ADHD brain and motivate you to keep going.
Evernote allows you to store text, photos, and audio notes on your device of choice, eliminating the need for paper clutter. Create "notebooks" and categorize notes for recipes, an upcoming vacation, product research, to-do lists, and so on. Notes are tagged with geo-location for mapping or search. All your information is in one location, organized, and available through a simple search.
MIN TO GO
MIN TO GO
is a timer and alarm app featuring three pre-alarm notifications. While most timers and alarms play lots of sounds, MIN TO GO will announce, "60 minutes to go," "15 minutes to go," and "5 minutes to go." Each announcement begins with a few pleasant tones, followed by a calming female voice. No need to open the app to see how long you have left—the remaining minutes are displayed right on the app's icon.
is a powerful, yet easy-to-use task-management tool that's ideal for ADHDers who need to see their tasks. Sort tasks into one of four quadrants:
Critical and Immediate, Critical but not Immediate, Not Critical but Immediate, and Uncategorized. Manipulate the size/colors of each section, add icons, and select the percentage completed. You can indicate due dates, start dates, and repeat dates with push notifications.
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