ADHD Apps & Tools

The Get-Organized Tools You Really Shouldn’t Live Without

We asked our readers: “What ADHD organization tools do you swear by — not at?” And they shared the best high-tech and low-tech solutions that help them everyday.

A planner covered with sticky notes, one of our suggested ADHD organization tools
Planner open to calendar and covered in neon sticky notes and pens belonging to ADHD person

ADDitude asked adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): What are the ADHD organization tools or apps that you swear by — not at? These days, people with ADHD have more high-tech options than they can shake a smartphone at. Here’s what keeps you on top of things.

Evernote, a free cross-platform app, is the best tool of them all. I use it to make to-do lists, store contacts, clip interesting articles, webpages, and design ideas, and scan receipts and paperwork.” -Anne, Canada

“Timers galore. I use the alarm and calendar on my cell phone, the oven timer on my stove, and Google Calendar alerts to keep me organized and help me remember everything. ” -Barbara, Kansas

“My favorite ‘gadgets’ are my Google Calendar — and my wife.” -Steve, California

“Gallon-size Ziploc bags — to corral a lot of my stuff.” -Amy, Pennsylvania

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“Hanging files! They transform a tall pile of haphazard paper into an accessible resource.” -An ADDitude Reader

“A PDA (with calendar/alarm functions), used in combination with a whiteboard in the kitchen.” -Gerben, The Netherlands

“A large, plastic, easy-to-erase monthly planner.” -Jason, Connecticut

“A wastebasket. I save so many papers, thinking that I’ll need them some day. By the time I get around to using them, the information is out of date!” -Kathleen, Massachusetts

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“Pen, paper, and index cards. High tech, eh? When I write something down “my way,” it is in front of me and not “lost” in a gadget. I really need to see things in order to keep on track.” -Katz, Indiana

“My husband can’t live without his watch and Leatherman multi-tool gadget with a built-in keychain. He feels he is equipped to take on the world when he has these.” -Linda, Australia

“A three-way tie between Outlook Calendar, online banking, and my GPS.” -Lisa, New York

“Advice from the FlyLady and my ‘blackboard.’ I painted one on my kitchen wall.” -Michelle, Tennessee

“A task-management app called Things. It is easy to use and can be customized to fit anyone’s needs.” -Munro, Utah

“Daytimer + sticky notes + large desk calendar + lists + lists of lists.” -An ADDitude Reader

“My Droid. It houses my calendar (which syncs to my Google account), and has many apps that help with organization. I can store multiple shopping lists, set reminders and alarms, comparison-shop by barcodes, leave myself reminder voice-mail, and text-message myself about things I need for later. I’d be lost without it.” -Rebecca, New Jersey

“See-through plastic boxes!” -Christine, Washington

“Sticky notes. When I make an appointment, I write down the details and I stick it on my desk calendar. The night before an appointment I post the note on the bathroom mirror to remind myself when I wake up.” -An ADDitude Reader

“The iPod Touch is my latest, greatest tool. I just need to figure out how not to lose it.” -Susan, Massachusetts

“My Mead Fat Lil’ Notebook. I use it for my daily to-do list and other brain smatterings.” -Cheryl, Texas

“A whiteboard hanging on the back of my front door. I see it several times a day, including every time I leave my apartment!” -Todd, Mexico

“My old-fashioned Filofax, which contains my weekly and monthly calendars and daily to-dos.” -Loretta, California

“The alarm on my phone. I use different alarm sounds for different tasks. That way, I don’t get bored with a predictable sound, which I seem to tune out after a while.” -Laura, Ohio

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NOTE: Please note that all names, models, prices, links, and specifications were accurate and items were in stock at the time of this article’s last update on February 9, 2022.

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