Smartwatch as ADHD helper?

I will be the first to admit that I have poo-pooed the smart watch since day one. My general feeling is that they are so much unnecessary digital flotsam to distract ourselves from reality. But…

I have a relatively new client who has made me open my mind to the idea of a smartwatch being a useful tool for the right type of ADHDer. Like myself, he uses his phone for many useful things, as a tool. But he has a tendency to get distracted by its many features and to go down lengthy rabbit holes. I know that will ring true with many of you.
So for him, the beauty of the watch, at least so far, is that it does the bare necessities without being the opportunity for too much more.
  • He uses it as an interval timer, a useful thing that we’ve worked on.
  • He gets reminders and alarms on it.
  • He can get texts and emails on it but really only to the point of knowing if they are really important or time sensitive. Since most aren’t, there’s no need to then take a deep dive into the email or text-verse and get lost.
  • And he uses it to wirelessly stream music to his earbuds without having his phone out as a distraction.
So, I’m pretty sold on his use of the watch. It seems to really be working for him. I would put the caveat that I don’t think this would work for all ADHDers. Some folks would take our their phone’s anyway and can’t resist it’s magnetic like pull. But if you are the type of person who is close to being able to use your phone as a tool, not as a toy but get sucked in in that moment of weakness when using if for something productive, maybe the smartwatch is for you?


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