What Makes Them ADHD Friendly?
These are designed using theories of UI/UX design and the science of the brain to make things simple, less confusing.
What Are MindFlows?
MindFlows are frameworks, activities, and products to more joy and help you get more done. They are designed support the executive function challenges that entrepreneurs with ADHD face to make growing a business easier and more fun.
The Phone Number Rule
MindFlows use the "Magic Number 7" rule which concludes that most adults can store between 5 and 9 items in their short-term memory. Due to the added challenges of ADHD (and personal experience) I try to keep it between 5 and 7 wherever possible.
Based on my training and and experience in UX/UI design I wanted to keep the design neat, clean, roomy, and casually structured 0 without being bland. I did this to both calm our senses and provide the flexibility of personalization.
Standard Paper Size
Because ADHD'ers tend to become overwhelmed with minor inconveniences I want to make them as easy as possible to print out at home or print shop. In addition to avoiding stressors, this serves two additional purposes. 1) it's saves money and 2) you can use them in multiple ways (i.e. binder, frame, clipboard).
When an ADHD'er is in the mood to plan, I don't want to be the one to stand in their way (ha!). That's why I decided to make it available in Canva as well as an immediate download. They can literally be used RIGHT NOW.
Balancing, Harmonious Colors
Because sensory overload is a problem for a lot of us with ADHD, I wanted the colors to help calm while at the same time help to separate thoughts and ideas. This is why I use lighter pastels and multiple colors. The other benefit is that adding stickers and using colored pens still works.
1 Page "at-a-glance" Design
Having found memory and "steps" to be issues that many of us struggle with, I designed a visual 1-page system that would make it easier to access, understand, record, and remember our thoughts.
Font Sizing & Spacing
This is an important consideration in my design not only because when done well it helps to avoid sensory overload but also because many ADHD'ers also struggle with dyslexia. After trying hundreds of fonts, I selected the most readable font I could find, made the text larger than average, and left as much breathing room between sections as possible.