In last week’s post about how to increase productivity at work, I shared with you some of the questions that I go through with my clients in order to assess their productivity road blocks and create time management solutions.
The article that I referenced discussed research on assistive technology that was used to help workers diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder not only remember their tasks but also when and how to do them, which allowed them to improve their productivity without being micromanaged.
As I mentioned in my previous post, solutions for specific diagnoses and populations do not have to be limited to just them. Anyone can use them. Which means you can use the very same apps to help you improve your productivity.
Bug Me (picture-based for non-readers)
VoCal (auditory reminders)
iOS Notes (lists with pictures)
Google Keep (lists with pictures)
Plan It, Do It, Check It Off (photographic slide shows with audio prompts)
First Then (photographic slide shows with audio prompts)
Can Plan (instructional videos that can be linked to reminder alarms)
Picture Scheduler (instructional videos that can be linked to reminder alarms)
Communication Support for those with Speech Difficulties:
Behavioral Tracking for Rewards:
From: Mobile Technologies as Workplace Cognitive-Behavioral Aids for People with Autism by Tony Gentry, PhD, OTR/L, associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University, February 6, 2017, issue of AOTA Magazine
Some of the aforementioned apps are free. The rest are primarily in the $3 to $5 range. The two most expensive apps from this list (at the time of this writing) are Can Plan at $15 and Proloquo2Go at $250.
For complete details on how the researchers implemented these apps, I encourage you to read Dr. Gentry’s article about how to increase productivity at work by occupational therapists providing individualized support for people with autism.
What apps do you use to help you improve your time management and productivity?