We’ve selected these apps based on their usability, ratings, and how up-to-date they are in making a valuable contribution to the ADHD community. If you'd like to suggest an app for this list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that most commonly affects children but can continue into or be diagnosed in the teen years and adulthood as well. People with ADHD have difficulty focusing, concentrating, and paying attention, and can struggle with hyperactivity, lack of patience, and impaired impulse control.
ADHD affects between 5.3 and 7.1 percent of children and adolescents and 3.4 percent of adults, worldwide. If you or a loved one has ADHD, there are some great apps out there that can help you manage and complete tasks, develop your organizational skills, remind you about important meetings and projects, and help you stay focused.
30/30 can help you accomplish tasks while improving your time management skills at the same time. Create tasks and set the time you need to complete them. You are able to plan every part of your day — tasks, breaks, exercise, everything — with time management built into each item. It allows you to ensure you don’t overschedule your day as well as make sure you get everything done.
One user review said that this app was so helpful that they were able to reduce their ADHD meds. While it may not give you that dramatic of a result, it can certainly make your daily life less stressful and easier to manage.
The most notable feature of Clear is its simplicity. It is a very intuitive app for making and tracking lists. You can create separate lists for different parts of your life, such as personal, work, kids, and more. Each task on a list can be given a reminder so that you don’t forget anything. You can also choose the “Today” view and see all the tasks from your various lists that are due today, which means you don’t have to go to each list to find out what needs to be done each day.
iCloud sync is built in, so you can access your lists and tasks from anywhere. This app is available for iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch.
If you are always on the move and have a hard time stopping long enough to type emails or texts, then Dragon is the app for you. Dragon uses voice recognition and allows you to simply speak whatever you want to type, be it a quick text or a lengthy email. You can even update your social media status on Facebook and Twitter just by speaking.
Notable features are the ability to edit with simple voice commands, and the fact that Dragon supports numerous global languages.
Dropbox is a cloud-based filing cabinet that allows you to save files, photos, documents, videos, and more all in one place. They can be accessed from anywhere, and organized in whichever manner you wish. You can also use Dropbox to collaborate.
If for no other reason, Dropbox is a great app to have for all those files that are too big to email. You can just put them into a file in Dropbox and email the link, saving you frustration and delays. Also, for those on the go, it gives you the ability to work on documents and projects from anywhere and on most devices.
We all have to balance multiple tasks and projects, and it can be a challenge to remember them all. The Due app can help by reminding you about tasks, projects, and assignments you need to get done, as well as when they are due. Recurring reminders can be scheduled daily, weekly, or monthly to make sure nothing gets forgotten.
The numerous alert sounds will help you figure out exactly what needs to get done just by recognizing the sound of the alert. Another handy feature for those with ADHD is the countdown timer, which can help keep you focused on each task.
The Due app can be synced across all your Apple devices, including the Apple Watch, as well as Dropbox, which makes keeping up with your tasks even easier.
If you want to add a little adventure to your to-do list, then EpicWin is the app for you. Create an avatar and start blowing up task after task! The points you earn from every completed task give your avatar additional powers and abilities.
This app is especially good for children and teens, encouraging them to set goals, and rewarding them when those goals are achieved. Defeating your to-do list in battles will help you stay on each task until it is complete.
Even though it looks like a game, it has great features, including repeating reminders, alerts for overdue tasks, and the ability to set long-term goals.
Do you write things down and then forget where you put the note? Evernote can help you store and organize your notes, thoughts, ideas, and projects, all in one place. It’s also got the ability to store your notes via drawings, video, audio, and photos, along with clippings from the internet.
To keep your projects organized, you can collect thoughts and reminders into a notebook for each project. And, if you have others involved in a project, you can easily collaborate within Evernote. This app will sync across most devices, including iOS and Android devices, computers, and tablets.
Everyone has tasks that have to be done every day, week, or month, but you don’t necessarily want to clutter up your calendar with them. Instead, put them in Home Routines. You choose the day for your reminders and you even get a gold star each time you complete a task.
Home Routines is totally customizable and has a fun feature that can time how long it takes you to perform a task. You can zip through household chores quickly with the added fun of racing yourself or others as you go. And because the app is stored locally on your device, you don’t need an internet connection for it to work.
iRewardChart is designed with parents and kids in mind. It is basically a chore chart, like the type you’ve hung on the refrigerator, but in digital form. It is simple and intuitive to use. You add a child, add the tasks they are responsible for, and then create a list of rewards they can choose from once they have earned enough stars. Any time your child completes a task, they earn gold stars. Once they have earned enough stars for a reward, they can cash them in.
This is a great app to teach children responsibility as well as money management. It also helps parents get the chores done with positive reinforcement instead of asking over and over. Instead of arguing, kids are excited about getting their chores done so they can earn more stars to ultimately earn another reward.
If your head is full of so many ideas that you have a hard time keeping up with them all, then MindNode is perfect for you. MindNode allows you to put all the ideas that have been swirling in your head into one organized place so you can work with them, add to them, and share them with others.
You start by creating a “mind map” out of every idea. Then, you can easily expand the map as you bring together more and more related ideas. All of your maps are stored in the cloud, allowing you to retrieve them from anywhere, anytime you need them.
Momento is a daily journal or diary app that allows you to make notes, take photos, and more to capture the daily moments in your life. But the best feature is its ability to automatically catalog your memories and moments directly from your social media pages as well as other apps and devices.
Momento automatically organizes the information so you can easily access it and share it with individuals or on social media. The search function allows you to organize moments by people, location, keyword, and more, making it quick and easy to create a timeline of your life and memories.
MotivAider is the mobile version of an electronic device developed to help people change their behavior on their own. The app keeps you focused on whatever change you decide to make so it doesn’t get lost in the business of your daily life.
The app is very easy to use. You just choose the behavior change you want to make, select a cue that helps you remember to use the desired behavior, then choose the type of prompt you want and how often you want to be prompted. It is that simple.
If working on tasks in the right order or at the right time is important to you, then Priority Matrix can help. It allows you to prioritize all of your tasks and projects by due date and immediate need. Some visual features include color coding, percentage of completion for each item, as well as icons, so that it’s easy to see which tasks you need to work on now without getting sidelined by less urgent items.
It automatically syncs between devices and allows project sharing, collaboration, as well as email and calendar integrations.
Remember the Milk
Remember the Milk is an app designed for people who need that extra little bit of functionality for their to-do lists. Get reminders via email, text, or even tweet. Another nice feature is the ability to share tasks with others, so you can delegate a task to someone else if you need to.
You can integrate Remember the Milk with your email and Google calendar, as well as other apps, like Evernote.
With its features and flexibility, Remember the Milk is great as an add-on to other organization apps, or for use on its own.
TeuxDeux is a to-do list app that was designed to be as close to pen and paper as possible, while bringing the flexibility of extra features that paper can’t give you. You can set one-time, recurring, and some-day tasks and use it on the go anywhere, anytime. It also allows you to make lists for groceries or anything else.
With TeuxDeux, you simply create a task and then click it to mark it complete. It doesn’t get much easier than that.