The college schedule and lifestyle demand a lot out of you, and you have to learn to manage your time effectively in order to succeed in your degree program, especially if you’re also juggling work and family obligations. Not to worry, though. Your smartphone can help keep you on track if you have the right tools installed. Here are five apps you should consider adding to your time-management arsenal.
Google released this app in 2013 as a way to quickly grab blog posts, notes, images, voice memos and anything else you can think of, and then have them available on any device, any time. A big plus is that Google Keep works seamlessly with Google Drive and Google+, both of which I use constantly for work and personal projects. I would definitely recommend this as a note-taking app and possibly to combine with your daily calendar as a reminder.
You have a limited amount of willpower, which can make it hard to reform your day-to-day into those of a stellar student. And if you’re in a master’s program, you’re probably really stretching yourself thin when it comes to spare time. Habit List aims to help you stay motivated with your healthy study, exercise and work habits by scheduling habitual tasks you want to make permanent, tracking your progress to give you positive reinforcement and helping you prioritize on what you need to be doing right now. Offloading the reinforcement and reminders of what you need to do helps you reserve your willpower for barreling through those late-night study sessions.
Are you one of those creatures who have converted from Apple to Android? It can be hard to get all of your data out of the Apple ecosystem, but Reminder is an app that will synchronize with Reminder of iCloud, which is a cool app all on its own. This app is ideal for iOS or Android users for making to-do lists, prioritizing certain tasks and setting up automated reminders for all the stuff you need to do, from homework to errands to appointments.
EasilyDo Smart Assistant
This is more than just a reminder app. EasilyDo monitors your email, alerts and other apps for important information to bring to your attention. It reminds you of birthdays, notifies you when an important email shows up in your inbox and even alerts you of things like the weather that you may not be thinking about. All this is pretty automatic, so you don’t have to go shuffling through multiple apps and settings to get the functionality out of it.
Calendar apps should require as little management to use as possible. That’s why I really like Fantastical. You just type in all of your appointment info—title, time, day—and it figures it when to schedule it. There’s no messing with dates, forgetting that you set it to “AM” instead of “PM.”
Ever forget to email a file from your desktop so you can print it out at the computer lab? Need to work on a project, but it’s stuck on another PC? TeamViewer comes to the rescue with remote control access to your other devices as long as they’re on. Plus, you can screen-share with friends, take control of their computers to help them out with troubleshooting and even video chat. This one has gotten me out of a jam with files I forgot on my home PC more than once.
Jennifer Cook is a writer and researcher for Strayer University. When she isn’t writing about education technology or coming up with helpful tips for college students, you’ll find her tracking down old sci-fi novels in used book stores.