Make your smart technology part of the solution for solving ADHD related challenges by utilizing these 5 web-based and apps to help you perform more efficiently.
Everyone has ADHD moments which is why there are so many efficiency and productivity related apps on the market. Professionals are expected to juggle multiple tasks daily – like projects, business campaigns, meetings and pitching ideas to supervisors – all while staying connected and active on email, mobile devices and social media. Having ADHD makes are this multi-tasking very stimulating but overwhelm lurks around every in-box.
These are the apps that we hear about the most from successful people with ADHD that support your productivity and executive function.
This app is can help not only with keeping you focused but also keeping hyper-focus in check which is particularly helpful for ADHD. RescueTime tracks the amount of time you spend doing mainly computer based activities like e-mail, Google, Outlook or social media and can also be set to alert you when you’ve spent a certain amount of time on an activity. Set it up to block distracting websites during the times that you choose to avoid the impulse to get side-tracked while you work.
RescueTime can give the reward-system a boost by highlighting what you’ve accomplished during the day and help you notice ways that you work that you would otherwise not realise.
By giving you a visual representation of what you spend your time on, RescueTime puts you in a better position to adjust your work habits and also achieve some work/family time balance.
Bogged down by all the time it takes to write emails and texts? ADHD often comes hand in hand with Dyslexia which can make composing words on a page a huge effort. Slay the slow typing with the Dragon app. This is a voice recognition system that lets you send messages or posts on-line to Facebook or Twitter without having to type a single letter.
Even if you are quick on the keyboard, Dragon is probably quicker. It can transcribe voice to text about five times faster than typing. Plus, it’s completely hands-free so you can use it on the go. And if you make a mistake, you can easily fix it with the app’s voice-driven editing interface.
3. Priority Matrix
Prioritizing tasks tops the list of challenges that ADDers face. If you’re a busy person it can be doubly hard to juggle everything, especially if you’re the boss.
Using Priority Matrix helps you take a moment to sort out your task list by having you divide it into 4 quadrants that include what is critical (DO NOW), critical but not urgent (Start planning for this), urgent but can be delegated (Delegate this out, so you can focus!) and an uncategorised area which is your inbox. These quadrants can be customized to suit your needs
Priority Matrix provides an electronic platform so that you can think through your to-dos visually. You can track your progress, status, and due dates by getting emails and using colors, icons, and percentages.
Clear is the app that Gizmodo calls “perfect for busy people.” Clear’s interface is a collection of intuitive and easy-to-search lists. It’s simple to use, yet powerful enough to organize a lot of information.
Create a list to remind you when it’s time to attend a meeting or make a call. Build another list to remind you of a deadline or when to move on to another task. Organize your lists by theme, and then access them across your devices by syncing them up on iCloud.
Evernote is a must-have item for the productivity toolbox of any person with ADHD. This multi-purpose app allows you to write notes and to-do lists that sync across all devices. It is loaded with incredibly useful organization, formatting and sharing options. Essentially Evernote saves anything and everything that you need to keep for current or future reference.
It has 3 basic functions: It allows you to write notes, take pictures or record sound as a means to remember just about anything.
Evernote allows you to organize your notes into notebooks which you can name and it’s search feature is exceptionally good for future retrieval.
The camera function makes it possible to snap a photo of what you need to remember—an article on a page, or slides of a presentation, for example. You could even use it to snap a picture of where you’ve parked your car should you be concerned about finding it later.
Evernote’s audio recorder allows you to make audio notes when writing isn’t an option or you need to remember something on the fly.
There are a couple of Evernote extensions and applications that seem to be tailor made for the ADHD brain, for example Evernote Clearly is a way of viewing web content without all the extraneous visual information that can be overwhelming.
The apps listed above are specifically designed to help you accomplish more, stay focused and manage your time. You can work more efficiently when you have the proper technology at your disposal – and know how to use it!