There’s an overwhelming amount of apps and websites out there aimed at helping you keep productive. I’ve tested out so many apps in the hopes that I’ll suddenly become more productive and better at managing the various aspects of my life, so I’m sharing with you the apps I love and use to keep myself on task and working.
Okay, I’ve written an entire blog post on the best playlists for studying and briefly mentioned how I love to listen to white noise to keep focused and get work done. At the time of writing that post I hadn’t discovered the absolute beauty that is Ambient Mixer. Not only a fully functioning free app for both iPhone and Android but also a website, Ambient Mixer is a white noise lover’s dream. You can find any kind of white noise for whatever mood you’re in; from Harry Potter themed (think house common rooms, the Hogwarts library, and even the Burrow!), to the generic storm, rain on a tin roof or wind howling at night, there’s something for everyone here!
I’m addicted to my google calendar. Yes, I’m also holding steadfast on using a paper planner, but I’ve recently discovered the perks of integrating a digital calendar into my planning to help with time management and productivity. For one, I don’t have to waste time writing in my planner – dates go straight from emails or text messages into my calendar with a click of a button. I can still colour code, write to-do lists and schedule both my blog, schooling and extracurricular but this way is fuss-free, fast and super easy!
I’ve probably mentioned Evernote before but honestly, this app is a lifesaver sometimes. Evernote is basically a digital notebook or really, it’s more like a binder, where you can have multiple notebooks for different things. This means you can study anywhere, anytime without having to lug around a bunch of heavy notebooks! You can make a notebook for each class and type your notes straight into the app or website. If you’re old school and still love handwriting, you also have the option of scanning or photographing your notes and uploading them into the app. My favourite feature is that both typed and handwritten notes are searchable which is a massive time-saver when you’re studying!
I’m that annoying person who writes to-do lists absolutely everywhere, loses the list and then forgets to do everything on it. Which is where Wunderlist steps in and rescues me from disaster. Wunderlist is a to-do list app that is simple but pretty and has created a place for me to put all my lists in once place. I can set reminders, deadlines and can even collaborate with others through the app, perfect for group projects!
30/30 is a Pomodoro technique based app that I’m currently obsessed with! Free, bright and easy to use, you add in tasks to do in 30-minute intervals, the app times you and then for every hour of work you’ve completed you get a 10-minute break. There’s nothing fancy or complicated about 30/30 but it’s the most effective Pomodoro app I’ve used and I love how productive I’ve become since using it.
I’m not going to lie, I’m really new to using Trello but so far I am loving it. It’s a place I’m able to collate information, to-do lists, due dates, notes, photos and so much more in one place. I love that I’m able to visually see things broken down and organised.
Quick note: My explanation of Trello is going to be useless, really though, sign up for Trello! It’s an organisers dream.
Trello uses things called boards, which hold lists that then hold cards where you can list notes, to-do lists, photo’s, etc. I separate my boards into the different aspects of my life, for instance, blog, school, extracurriculars, books and other. Then on your boards you add lists – for me, these are the ways I break down my boards, e.g. my blog board is broken down into lists labeled, upcoming posts, posted, upcoming collabs, changes/improvements, and brands. My school board is separated into lists for each class. The cards are the final and best part of Trello. There are so many things you can do on these cards, as I mentioned above, but the best part is there are next to no limitations with the cards. If you can think it, you can probably do it.
You can also add deadlines, colour code and collaborate with others, making it the ultimate productivity app/website!
There you have it, my favourite apps that keep me on top of work and productive! What apps are you loving right now? Let me know in the comments below!