From Distraction to Action: AI For ADHD Productivity

April 6, 2024 18 Min Read

Not so long ago, managing ADHD was mostly about medications and therapy. But thanks to the latest AI tech, we’re turning a new page. AI productivity apps can be a powerful ally for the ADHD brain, and we’ll show you how to use them.

If you’re part of the neurodiverse clan, you know the frustrations of missed deadlines, constant distractions, and car keys that sprout legs (metaphorically).

There are many ways to overcome those challenges. But offloading the grunt work to AI is one of the most effective strategies we’ve come to love.

Here’s everything you need to know to get started. 👇

The Challenges of ADHD in Productivity

Let’s start with the question of the day: “What is ADHD?”

Think of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) as a unique brain wiring. It’s a state in which your mind constantly seeks new stimuli.

Imagine you’re really into a book, totally hooked. The next thing you know, you’re scrolling through your phone, with no clue how you got there.

Your brain’s just hunting for the next buzz.

This may not seem like a big deal.

After all, the little distractions happen to everyone from time to time. But for someone with ADHD, the effort to focus is much greater.

Here are a few “features” (not bugs) that come with the ADHD brain:

  • ⏰ Difficulty in managing time and meeting deadlines.
  • 🔀 Struggles with organizing and prioritizing work.
  • 🔥 Task switching and starting new tasks before finishing old ones.
  • 🤷‍♀️ Misplacing things and forgetting about commitments.
  • 👀 Overlooking or hyperfocusing on details (yes, you can do both!).

The good news is an ADHD diagnosis is not the end of the world.

There are ADHD coaches and therapists who specialize in working with the neurodiverse community. You can join support groups and online forums to share your experience. Or you can turn to technology to help you out.

🤖 Understanding AI and Its Role in ADHD Management

When we talk about AI, we can mean (at least) a couple of things.

There’s the Hollywood type, ready to doom the world. And there’s the real deal — sophisticated large language models (LLMs) like GPT-4, Llama2, or Bart.

An LLM is a type of artificial intelligence system that can process and generate human-like content based on extensive datasets used in its training.

The purpose?

Anything from generating documents, answering questions, and assisting with language translation, to summarizing information. LLM can also simulate human-like conversations, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

So, how does this help with ADHD?

AI can help you break down your to-dos into manageable chunks and shoot you reminders when deadlines creep up. Or it can conjure up tips and strategies for dealing with the daily overload.

Let’s say you’re working on a research paper.

One of the most daunting aspects is the planning stage — outlining key sections, brainstorming arguments, and organizing thoughts.

These tasks require a lot of sustained focus, which means there are plenty of opportunities to fall down the rabbit hole of distractions.

AI can provide you with a “scaffolding for thoughts.” It may outline key sections, generate ideas, and suggest real-world examples, just to name a few.

But that’s just the beginning.

🧠🦾 AI-Powered Tools Inside Taskade Enhancing Productivity

Are you new to Taskade? Here’s a tl;dr.

Taskade is your go-to platform for keeping all your big and small projects in perfect harmony, with a dash of AI magic sprinkled on top.

Notes, tasks, documents, mind maps, calendars, and even video calls all come together within one unified workspace. This means that you don’t have to juggle multiple apps or switch between windows to get work done.

No app fatigue. No overcomplicated interfaces. Just simplicity.

Here are a few cool Taskade features for the busy mind. ✨

AI Assistant

Let’s start with something simple.

How many hours do you usually spend editing your writing?

If you’re a creative, chances are the answer is “too many.” And even if your writing is mostly emails and reports, it probably still feels like you’re losing a part of your soul with every hour spent rehashing the same phrases.

Think of the AI Assistant as your personal editor that lives inside every project.

It can proofread your text, adjust the tone to match a specific audience, help flesh ideas, and even suggest synonyms for the words you love so much.

AI Assistant commands in the Taskade project editor.

That means you: A) Get back hours of your life each week, and B) conserve that precious brainpower for truly creative tasks.

The assistant can do a few other cool things.

For instance, you can use the /research command to look up concepts and topics online. Or you can run /prioritize to get your tasks in order — a particularly handy feature when your brain constantly works overtime.

AI Assistant output in the Taskade project editor.

Custom AI Agents

The ADHD brain has a lot of things going on. Even when it shouldn’t. It jumps from thought to thought. Task to task. It forgets. Then remembers at odd times.

Custom AI Agents are your accountability buddies to keep you on track.

An agent is a small, specialized program that runs inside Taskade projects.

It can do a lot of different things, from simple task management to providing you with advice and support. Watch this short video to see for yourself. 👇

Maybe you need someone to remind you of what’s up next on your plate. Or, perhaps, you’re looking for a brainstorming pal to keep ideas flowing.

Setting up an agent is a breeze too.

Just over to the Agents tab in your Taskade workspace, hit Create, and pick one of the templates. If you feel adventurous, you can build one from scratch.

Pretty cool, huh?

Custom AI Agent commands inside the project editor in Taskade.
Each custom agent comes with a set of commands that speed up your work. The ⚡️ Productivity Agent is used here to prioritize weekly tasks and estimate their duration.

AI Project Studio

Stepping into any project can feel like a marathon in a mud pit. It starts off exciting. But when you try to take a couple of steps, the energy fades fast.

It may be the first sentence, first line of code, the initial sketch, or the opening slide of a presentation. This is the task for the AI Project Studio.

To get started, head to your workspace and hit ➕ New project.

Now, describe what you’re working on.

Provide the nitty-gritty of your fledgling project, even if all you’ve got is a bunch of ideas in your head or scribbled on napkins. You can also upload seed documents or use online resources as context for the generator.

AI Project Studio interface.

And when you’re done? Sit back and relax. The AI Project Studio will take it from there and craft a clear, actionable plan for your project.

You can tweak the settings too. Choose the type of content you want to generate, set a tone that matches your goal, pick a language — make it yours.


Alex has ADHD. She’s great at starting projects, but tracking what’s next gets tricky. Her desk? A maze of sticky notes. Her computer? A jungle of tabs.

Alex needs an autopilot to keep her on track.

The automation feature in Taskade works just like one.

Automations connect your Taskade projects to the tools you use to get stuff done, including Gmail, Calendly, Slack, WordPress, and many more.

Overflowing Gmail inbox?

An automation will get Taskade AI to analyze them for you and send replies.

Client schedules a last-minute Calendly meeting?

Another automation will add a task to your project and generate an agenda.

Too many notifications from Slack channels?

Taskade will put them into a single a bite-sized report each day.

It’s the small things — organizing reminders, prioritizing emails, scheduling follow-ups — that make all the difference. Automating the grunt work will reduce the mental clutter and free up your cognitive space.

🚀 The Future of AI and ADHD Management

Research has shown that artificial intelligence has the knack for spotting the signs of ADHD. Using machine learning algorithms, it’s possible to analyze how different parts of the brain communicate, which can make diagnoses more precise.(1)

AI has the potential for managing the ADHD brain, mostly through personalized learning and therapy adjustments. That can include tool and techniques like:

  • ⚡️ Customized plans match your brain’s focus cycles.
  • ⚡️ Smart distraction filters to proactively reduce distractions.
  • ⚡️ Learning tools that adapt to your attention span.
  • ⚡️ Smart environments to create the perfect setting for concentration.

Clearly, there’s a lot of untapped potential. We’re looking at a completely new way to handle ADHD. One that adjusts to help you through your work and life.

What new ADHD insights will AI uncover next?

How will AI redefine ADHD management in a decade?

Can AI lead us to a future where ADHD is no longer a barrier?

Only time will tell, and we’re all in for the ride! 🪐

👋 Parting Words

Are you still here? Great!

Time to wrap things up.

AI is a powerful ally for the ADHD brain. It can help you brainstorm, outline documents, kickstart all kinds of projects, and organize your days. 

It won’t brew coffee before you wake up (yet). But it will make your life and work much simpler. And that’s a major relief when your brain is running at 110%.

So, what are you waiting for?

Looking for more AI productivity resources?

🔗 Resources


💬 Frequently Asked Questions About AI for ADHD

Can AI help people with ADHD?

AI can be a significant asset for individuals with ADHD. By leveraging AI-powered productivity tools, people with ADHD can improve organization, time management, and focus. These tools can automate mundane tasks, set reminders for important deadlines, and even break down larger projects into more manageable steps. This level of support can make daily life and work more manageable and productive.

What is the best AI for ADHD?

The best AI for ADHD is typically one that is fully integrated with the core tools you already use. This way, you don’t need to patch together different solutions, which is a major benefit for non-technical users. For example, Taskade uses OpenAI’s latest GPT-4 Turbo model to power project management and organization features, which means AI can fit smoothly into your daily tech ecosystem.

What is the best AI assistant for ADHD?

The best AI assistant for ADHD is one that acts like a digital partner, helping to streamline your day and keep you on track. This includes assistants that can manage calendars, remind you of upcoming tasks, assist in prioritizing your to-do list, and even suggest breaks or mindfulness exercises. AI assistants embedded in productivity apps, such as those found in Notion or Todoist, which can adapt to your habits and preferences, are often highly recommended for individuals with ADHD.

How to use AI with ADHD?

Using AI with ADHD involves integrating smart tools into your daily routine to support your needs. Start by identifying areas where you need the most help— be it task management, remembering appointments, or breaking down projects. Then, adopt AI-powered apps and tools designed to assist in these areas, and customize the AI features to suit your workflow.

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Last Updated on April 24, 2024 by fazrin