I love technology. I can get lost for hours looking for new apps.
I often start by looking at the AppAdvice app to see what is new, interesting and free! One thing leads to another and before I know it I have downloaded at least 5 new apps. Each one has the potential to address one struggle or another that can be attributed to ADHD. Another of my go-to resources for Apps is udotherest. An FYI- this site is part of the Vyvanse site. I do not endorse their products but they do make some good recommendations for apps.
A big area that I and many of my clients and friends with ADHD have conversations about on a regular basis is time management.
The biggest topic of course, is what calendar system do you use. “Use” is the operative word here. I have gone through more calendar apps, planners, systems, hanging calendars….. Last year I committed to using a paper planner. Finding the right one took me months. It had to be big, but not too big. I had to be able to write notes and also schedule appointments in 15 minute time slots. I also needed to supplement the calendar with my own colored hi-lighters to see what my schedule looked like each day. I used this system for 8 months before I began slacking off. Once I had either double booked or not booked several clients I decided it was time to move on. Google calendar by then had grown up enough. I have used this system for my appointments for more than a year. Amazing! I do still have 5 different paper pads for list making, 12 apps for digital lists (iDo, To Do Checklist, teed, Toodledo,Remember The Milk, Bug Me!, Teux Deux, Errands, Ritual Lite, Astrid,InFocus Pro, and 3do) and a separate app that integrates with google calendar on my iphone (Pocket Informant Pro).
Of course time management is also all about efficiency.
My latest discoveries include an online program called unroll me (thanks Aaron). This online app lets me assign all of my “fluff” emails to a daily “rollup.” Each day I get a digest version of the emails I assign to this to look at in a scrolling email. If I want to look more closely I simply click and read. EasilyDo is another time saver. According to the app I have saved 4 hours and 21 minutes on 314 tasks in the past 2 months! This includes automatically notifying Austin when I leave work, prompting me to schedule birthday wishes to friends, alerting me when a package is delivered, adding new contacts automatically…..it’s crazy and a bit unnerving what it can monitor for you.
Warning!! Before you go back to look at each of these apps, know that it will probably take you more than an hour to learn about all of them.
It will take you several hours if you download all of them and try them. It will also cost you some money for a couple of these – most are free. I would go back to the first link for AppAdvice and start there. It’s interesting to see what’s new and what you can get for free or at a great discount.
A final word: I am an iPhone-aholic.
Tried the Android, used to have a blackberry. iPhone just does it for me. I don’t get those of you who are still stuck in Blackberry land. Android was a good phone, but I still have a crush on Steve Jobs- even dead. All of these apps can be used on the iphone. I have given you the product link, not the iPhone link. So if there is an app for your phone you will see it on the site.
Let me know what your favorite app is…..I will be posting more in the future.