ADHD is hard, especially in this age of instant gratification, constant distraction, and everything at our finger tips. Even people without ADHD find the world a distracting place.
One of the best ways to keep on track and keep focused is to use apps for ADHD. Little trinkets for our phones and tablets can help in more ways than just a calendar.
Have a project you need to finish right away? Need just a quick reminder? Due is a simple program that lets you set a reminder in mere seconds. It’s super-fast, super easy. There’s no account to create, no start or end date, and no need to add extra information. While not specifically an ADHD app, it helps me and my ADHD step-son remember the simple tasks in everyday life.
#2 Remember The Milk
Do you forget the milk? Didn’t write it on the list? Remember The Milk is a free app that allows you sync your phone with your family. Everyone has access to the same grocery list and can add foods and drinks as you run out. No more forgetting the milk!
As a bonus: it’s not just for grocery lists. Your study group or work group can use the same app to coordinate a project and get everyone on the same page. Due dates, priorities, repeat reminders are all part of the system.
#3 ADHD Treatment
One of the best apps for ADHD out there has the simplest title: ADHD Treatment. One of the first of its kind, this app streamlines programs that have been clinically proven to help cognitive function in children with ADHD to a fun, easy app for your phone. This app addresses the fundamental cause of ADHD and helps with long lasting results.
The Dragon Dictation Software has gone through many changes. It’s an easy-to-use voice recognition program for your phone, tablet, or computer. Once you get used to the functions, it can be about 5 times faster than typing.
My husband uses this on his phone to send text messages and I’m using it right now to tell you about all these fabulous features.
The only drawback of the system is you still need to review your work. Still, for a paper this size, it will only take me 15 minutes! In my opinion it’s one of the best apps for ADHD adults.
Want all your social media in 1 place? Momento helps you privately capture your daily activities, thoughts, ideas and photos, and combines them with your activity from social networks to create a complete picture of your social life.
#6 Attention Exercise
(NO LONGER AVAILABLE)
This app for kids with ADHD sharpens their ability to focus using simple drawing tasks. It takes just minutes per day and kids find it fun. The best part: it’s free!
The simple exercises also get great reviews for helping teach young kids finer motor controls. Depending on the level of your phone, the system can read finger pressure and fine detail.
#7 Home Routines
It can be hard for kids to remember their chores. This simple app lets you set their tasks and give rewards for completing their tasks. You can create chores checklists, have them completed on your schedule, give reminder notifications to keep your kids on track, and reward a gold star for each completed task.
The principle of this app is taking the business world by storm. Most business owners have some degree of ADHD. They find that working in small, compact periods with definite ends is more motivating and exhilarating. The 30/30 app sets a specific time frame and counts down the minutes until you finish.
It’s a really simple app, but well worth the download.
#9 Rescue Time
One of my personal favorites. If I had to choose one app for organization, this would be it, and it’s not even for organization! Rescue time records what you are doing online and offline and sends you reports on how you waste your time. You will be shocked to discover how much time you are wasting.
Once you know where you are spending your time, you can organize your life to avoid temptation, block certain sites (I did), and actually get things done.
It eliminates the hours lost on Facebook!
#10 Epic Win
This is the App For ADHD Students Into Gaming! It makes your to-do list into a game of destroyer!
You simply enter your tasks into the app and choose character. Each time you “destroy” a task in simply animated battles, you’re rewarded points that increase your character’s stats and you level-up. Now, all we need is to connect the phones and have epic chore battles (and that’s in the works, or so I hear)!
Want to share your list with the cloud? Clear’s interface is a collection of intuitive and easy-to-search lists. Organize your lists by theme, and then access them across your devices by syncing them up on iCloud.
This time management app allows you to break big projects into little tasks, then track how much time you spend on each task. It keeps you on task and in order. Multiple people can access the same project and eliminates forgetting a section, having 2 people do repeated work, and doing the whole thing last minute.
The best mind-mapping app out there. Let your mind brainstorm and this app breaks it down into small, easy to organize bubbles. Keep expanding into smaller and smaller bubbles until you run out of ideas. The colored interface expands, contracts, and helps you organize and stay on topic.
Need to talk to everyone at once? Biba lets you talk to a group without automated messages, special phone numbers or codes. The roster will show you who is on and anyone can mute the person with background noise. Pro feature also allows you to screen share from Mac/PC to everyone in the meeting. With messaging you see who is free/busy at the moment and can chat with anyone on your team individually or in group rooms.
And what is your favorite app that helps you with ADHD? Let us know in the comments!