ADHD and Technology: Apps and Tools for Improved Productivity

Noah Warren
October 9, 2023

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can affect productivity. Technology has been both a blessing and a curse for individuals with ADHD, and while apps can be a source of distraction, they could also have positive effects.

In this blog post, we will discuss and provide evidence-based strategies for using apps and tools to enhance productivity and alleviate the difficulties associated with ADHD.

ADHD and technology

Understanding ADHD and Technology

According to a study, ADHD is related to dysfunction in the prefrontal cortex, which regulates processes such as attention and executive functions. Technology has the potential to either amplify these challenges or provide valuable support when used mindfully.

Apps and Tools for Improved Productivity

Time-Management and Focus Apps

A study has found that mobile apps that incorporate gamification techniques can help individuals with ADHD reduce external distractions and promote sustained attention. Additionally, Focus@Will, an app that provides scientifically-curated music to facilitate focus and concentration, has shown positive results in a study published by Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Task Organization and Planning Apps

Studies have shown that individuals with ADHD benefit from using planning and organizational tools. A study found that a web-based system, such as Todoist, helped students with ADHD achieve better academic outcomes compared to a paper-and-pencil planner. Trello, another popular app, has been shown to be effective in managing project-related tasks and increasing productivity in a study published in the Journal of Business and Psychology.

Mindfulness and Meditation Apps

Another research says that using mindfulness meditation apps, such as Headspace, can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, which are often co-morbid with ADHD. Calm, another popular app, has been shown to reduce stress and improve sleep quality, according to a study published by Behavioural Therapy.

Note-Taking and Organization Tools

Studies have shown that digital note-taking and organization tools can support individuals with ADHD. One study, published in Computers & Education, found that the use of digital note-taking apps, such as Evernote and OneNote, led to better note-taking quality and organization compared to traditional methods.


Technology can be a valuable tool when used mindfully and purposefully for individuals with ADHD. Apps and tools that promote focus, organization, and well-being can help individuals manage their symptoms and enhance their productivity. Evidence-based strategies such as gamification, music, planning, mindfulness, and digital note-taking can be effective interventions.

It is crucial for individuals with ADHD to select apps and tools that align with their personal needs and preferences while balancing the precision of a scholar with the empathy of a counselor. By approaching technology with intention, balance, and self-awareness, individuals with ADHD can maximize their potential for success.

Contact Roots Mental Wellness today to get ADHD treatment or prescriptions.

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Noah Warren
Director of Business Development