Recently one of our valued customers remarked that LifeTopix is a must-have app to help with organizing her life. She is living with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD). She confessed that in the past she used a lot of different apps that managed her life data and calendar, but she had trouble remembering which app held her information. If you or your child have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, and the iPhone or iPad is part of your strategy for improvement, we encourage you to take a look at LifeTopix.
If you are unfamiliar with this common disorder, some of the major symptoms include being easily distracted, missing details, forgetting things, and frequently switching from one activity to another. Those living with ADD/ADHD also have difficulty maintaining focus on one task and may become bored with a task after only a few minutes. Some of the signs include lack of focus on organizing, trouble learning something new, trouble completing homework assignments, and often losing things.
There are several apps at the App Store created to help adults and children with ADD/ADHD. These apps include simple alarm clocks to encourage you to get to school or work each day on time; reminders to help with medication; apps to store emergency contacts; apps to store notes and reports for reviewing with your doctor; and apps to store health statistics. It’s fantastic that these apps are available, but they don’t solve the core problem that there’s not one place to manage everything. Managing everything in one place is essential for success to eliminate distractions from “app switching.” When you spend your time switching from app to app, the task at hand takes longer than it should — or doesn’t happen at all because something grabs your attention, and you forget what you were trying to accomplish in the first place. At LightArrow, we’ve developed LifeTopix to solve this core problem — we manage EVERYTHING you do in life — all in one place.
I’ll introduce you to a few features that can help adults and children cope with ADD/ADHD. There’s an exhaustive list of features, so I highly recommend that you explore the LightArrow website to get a full picture of how you can benefit from LifeTopix.
Daily to-do list
According to Psych Central “When things get busy, ADHD symptoms can lead a person to lose perspective. On a daily level, to-do lists can help organize your schedule according to the importance of each activity.” LifeTopix includes features which enable you to create, schedule, and prioritize using to-do lists, as shown below.
All of these items roll up into your master calendar, and you can track daily progress.
Your Daily Planner
According to HelpGuide.org, a non-profit resource that helps people who have mental, emotional, and lifestyle challenges, it is important for those with ADD/ADHD to “make use of lists and notes to keep track of regularly scheduled tasks, projects, deadlines, and appointments. If you decide to use a daily planner, keep all lists and notes inside it.” LifeTopix allows you to accomplish this via its virtual daily planner. It is based on 12 LifeTopix.
LifeTopix gives you the ability to enter, organize, prioritize, track and check off even the most complex tasks and projects in a streamlined, natural, and easy-to-understand way. It also works with popular apps such as Evernote, Toodledo, and Dropbox — eliminating the need to switch to those apps if you’ve stored notes, files, or tasks there. Take a look at the My Calendar view, which includes a rollup of all the data that you are tracking every day in LifeTopix
According to Psych Central, a motivational strategy for children with ADHD is to establish a Daily Report Card. LifeTopix is completely user configurable — you can create your own report card with any values you wish using the LifeTopix Wellness Log Forms. An example of wellness log values are shown below.
You can choose to log any stats with any range of values or numbers. For example, the following report card was created to track the number of times undesirable behaviors occurred during a day (on a user-defined scale of 1-10). You can track this data every day, every week, or every month — it’s up to you to decide. Teachers can create report cards for students and email the report cards to parents; alternatively parents can track these behaviors on their own to discuss with doctors during appointments.
You can also view the data in a graph form (line, bar, or plot), which allows you to view and analyze any trends that occur over time, as shown below.
Using LifeTopix Wellness Log Forms, you can track how you or your child are feeling each day to judge medication effectiveness. You can combine medications and wellness into a LifeTopix Multi-Topic Log Form so you can track the medications that you take and your wellness — all in one place. Similar to the Daily Report Card, you can view the data in a chart to analyze trends that occur over time.
For example, you can track the medications you are taking, hours you slept, your mood, your energy level, your ability to complete tasks, etc. All of these values can be completely defined by you — as shown below.
According to Dr. Frank Lawlis, author of The ADD Answer: How to Help Your Child Now, a healthy diet is important for all children and adults, but it is even more important for those who suffer from ADD/ADHD. To help you or your child stay on track, and to analyze any associations between behavior, wellness, and the foods and drinks you are consuming, LifeTopix provides a Nutrition Log, as shown below. Once again, you can define the values any way you wish.
We hope this brief overview helps you see how LifeTopix can help you manage your life when you’re living with ADD/ADHD. Please let us know your thoughts and share your stories.
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The attributes and statuses of tasks in LifeTopix do not correspond exactly with those in Toodledo. Therefore, it is important to understand the mapping of these characteristics when you sync tasks between LifeTopix and Toodledo.
When you sync a task between LifeTopix and Toodledo, some of the attributes of the task that was modified most recently are copied to the other task. The following table describes which attributes of a Toodledo task correspond to which attributes of a LifeTopix task when a sync is performed:
|Toodledo attribute||LifeTopix attribute|
|Start Date / Time||Start Date (with time)|
|Completed Date & Time †||End Date (with time)|
|Due Date / Time||End Date (with time)|
|† Note that Toodledo does not make the Completed Date or Completed Time fields available to you on their web site. Toodledo automatically sets these values to the date and time that you marked the task completed.|
Toodledo supports more statuses than LifeTopix does. When you sync a Toodledo task with LifeTopix, the following table describes which LifeTopix task status will be set for any given status in the Toodledo source task:
|Toodledo status||LifeTopix status|
|Next Action||In Progress|
|‡ When you sync a Toodledo task with LifeTopix and the status of the Toodledo task is Reference, the status of the LifeTopix task is left unchanged. In this case, if the task did not already exist in LifeTopix before you performed the sync, then its status after you perform the sync will be Not Started.|
When you sync a LifeTopix task with Toodledo, the following table describes which Toodledo task status will be set for any given status in the LifeTopix source task:
|LifeTopix status||Toodledo status|
Toodledo supports more priorities than LifeTopix does. When you sync a Toodledo task with LifeTopix, the following table describes which LifeTopix task priority will be set for any given priority in the Toodledo source task:
|Toodledo priority||LifeTopix priority|
When you sync a LifeTopix task with Toodledo, the following table describes which Toodledo task priority will be set for any given priority in the LifeTopix source task:
|LifeTopix priority||Toodledo priority|
When you mark a task as completed in Toodledo, Toodeldo displays a checkmark next to the task and sets an internal field to the date and time that you marked the task as completed. When you sync a completed task from Toodledo to LifeTopix, its status in LifeTopix is set to Completed, and its Finished On date is set to the internal field Toodledo maintains for the date and time that you marked the task as completed.
Once you sync a Toodledo task into LifeTopix, changes to the Toodledo folder for that task will not affect your ability to sync that task later from LifeTopix to Toodledo.
If you sync a Toodledo task into LifeTopix, then delete that task in Toodledo, then try to sync that task from LifeTopix back to Toodledo, you will receive a notification that the task was apparently deleted from Toodledo and that the task has now been successfully synced to Toodledo.