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Best ADHD Planners?

Hello all, I am looking for planners that are awesome for people with ADHD. I need something because I am always off with my time. Any suggestions?


The best planner is really whichever one works for you. I feel like electronic calendars on smartphones are most effective, because it can alert you, where a paper planner cannot.

Here are some preferable planners for adults with ADHD:

And how to use them effectively:

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Posted by adhdmomma on Mar 21, 2017 at 1:32pm

I like the ones that are electronic, automatically back up, and it doesn’t matter if I lose my device.

In order,

Google Calendar/Tasks.

Posted by Dr. Eric on Mar 21, 2017 at 3:59pm

I’ve coached hundreds of adults with ADHD over the last decade and I will say, without hestitation, that the best planner for someone with ADHD is the one that they use most consistently!

Whether it’s paper or electronic, simple or complex, is really just a matter of preference. Any planner is only going to be as good as the behaviors you have for using it.

Making sure everything gets captured, reviewing and updating it thoroughly and regularly, having multiple established times throughout the day that you review it, and established habits for planning and looking forward are essentials.

Sounds obvious, but it’s the habits/behaviors that will make or break the usefulness of any planner.

And I’m just going to throw this out . . . 

Improving time management is a pretty complex undertaking. It’s very doable, of course, but effective time management is comprised of a whole bunch of different skills, behaviors, tools and systems.  Effective time management comprises a complex set of systems, habits and behaviors: for task management, calendar management, time awareness, prioritization, and on and on. 

It’s important to get clear on where the specific disconnects are for you (what specific pieces are causing you to have difficulty) so you can address them directly. (For example, no planner is going to help if your time-blindness is getting in the way. You need to improve your perception of time, awareness of time, time estimation, etc too, for any planner to be helpful!) It’s rarely as simple as one particular tool, unfortunately!

Heaven knows we ADHDers spend way more than our share of time and money trying to find that perfect tool, system, gadget or gizmo! As a woman with ADHD myself as well as a Coach, I speak from lots and lots of experience! wink

I hope that makes sense! I wrote a blog article about this a few years ago:

I hope something in here helps!

Best of luck!

Lynne Edris, ACG
Life & ADHD Coach

Posted by ADD_Coach_Lynne on Apr 05, 2017 at 9:10pm

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