Staying on top of all your to-dos, errands, tasks and due dates can get complicated but luckily there is an app for everything! If you’re looking for app to wake you up in a morning, manage your priorities or soothe your anxiety, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of all the top apps that students are using:
I was recently listening to the “Hello Internet” podcast, hosted by YouTube video creators CGPGrey and Brady Haran. On this podcast, one of the hosts, CGPGrey, spoke about a to-do list which he created, on which he has a list of tasks he would like to complete on a “perfect day”.
I decided I would create my own version, and list the tasks I would like to complete in order to have a fully productive day. This is my list.
I created my list using an application called “Todoist”, which is an application that is available on all of the platforms I utilise, i.e. Windows, iPhone and iPad.
I love this application, because the Todoist team send you a weekly summary of your productivity, which is great inspiration to get things done!
You let me keep tabs on all of my favorite blog and news sites, without the finger-exhausting task of clicking on each of those blogs in a bookmarks folder on my browser. You gather them in one place and make them into a nice, long list–with pictures!
You help me add items to my shopping list from any device, and you hold an entire notebook’s worth of my jumbled ideas for future blogs. Unfortunately you’re a little scary and I still don’t quite understand the best use case for you. But you’re really great at making all of my little notes and wonderings searchable!
How I loved thee, once. You helped me keep my school assignments and personal life obligations in order. But then you were too buggy. I bet you’ve fixed those issues now but i’ve moved on to ToDoist and it’s too late. I hope you’ll understand.
Duolingo - great resource for learning languages (currently using to learn French). It’s really useful, but the website version is even better. There you can ask questions, join discussions and find notes and dictionary.
Calm - beautiful meditation app. There you can choose a type and duration of meditation. Also there is the 7 days program of learning the basics of mindfulness meditation.
Todoist - the best to-do list app for me. Works great with David Allen’s GTD method (look this method up, if you are aspiring to stress-free productivity). Highly recommend!
Pillow is an app for tracking your sleep cycles. Tried to use different apps, but this is my favorite. It has very lovely interface. Very convenient for me.
Coach.me! Guys, this is A THING! You have to know about my obsession over it. This is the best habit tracking app, in my opinion. You join a community of other people who try to build a habit. There you can track your friends’ progress, get a cute motivational quote of the day, find a coach, ask any interesting question, join challenges, etc. I like the social aspect of Coach.me very much.
I hope you find this post informative. Stay productive and motivated!
Around the time I started this blog, in January 2015, I also started using a bullet journal. I had caught the studyblr fever and I was ready to go all in. It worked well for me for around a year, but when I got a new phone and new computer, I realized it wasn’t functional anymore. I’m going to address my transition to other organization methods here!
What I Liked About My Bullet Journal
Having due dates and events separate from everyday tasks.
Being able to write down random things, like a book I wanted to read or a question to ask a teacher.
The physical action of writing in my bullet journal. And sort of just the idea of having one and posting photos of it?
Honestly, the majority of the reasons I wanted to keep my journal going was for aesthetic and studyblr look of having one.
Problems With My Bullet Journal
It was a hassle to get it out of my bag every time something popped in to my head or was announced in class, especially when I was already on my laptop.
I would only use one type of pen, which just added a new layer of difficulty.
Moving events around was hard and messy.
I didn’t want to carry it around in my purse, so when I was out with friends or volunteering or basically anything except school, I never had it.
I had been using it for over a year and it was almost empty. Which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but I felt like I wasn’t using it that much.
When you have homework and tasks every single day, its great. But I can remember small things like “put away laundry” without writing it down and in most of my classes, there isn’t a ton of homework besides working on projects and essays – again, something I don’t need to write down. I found that I was using one page a month and spending 30 minutes just writing out headings for something I wasn’t even using.
What I Did to Transition Away
First of all, I looked at what I needed: a place for due dates and events, a place for to-do school tasks, and a place for my quick to-dos and shopping list.
Due Dates and Events
I started by using Google Calendar, which I’m not going to describe because there are separate posts about that and they would explain it better anyways. In my Google Calendar, I put all of my due dates and events. And even better, in syncs to my iPhone so I get reminders!! And I can put things in my Google Calendar from the regular calendar app which is amazing. That way I am never out of the loop. Here’s a pic of my calendar:
I love that you can add colours to different events. I also set some events as all day even if they aren’t, because it makes them pop. Another added bonus is that you can get a Google Chrome extension which is like a quick view of your upcoming events, so you don’t have to open the full app. Exactly what I loved about my bullet journal but so much more convenient.
For this, I wanted to keep it all on my laptop because that is where I do most of my school work. So, I chose to use the built in to-do app that is found in the Momentum extension for Google Chrome. It is really simple and looks beautiful, and since it opens whenever there is a new tab, it is a constant reminder to get started on homework.
Also, if you don’t use momentum, there is a really good Chrome extension called todoist that I love!
Personal To-Dos and Shopping List
For this, I just decided to use the built in iPhone reminders app. You can create multiple lists within that one app, it doesn’t use up extra storage, and it is honestly amazing. The app is easy to use and really aesthetically pleasing. You can choose fun colours for this too! Using my iPhone for this is miles better than using a bullet journal!
I don’t want to push people away from using bullet journals if that is what works for them. But I think that sometimes there is too much emphasis put oh having a bullet journal in this community. I just wanted everyone to know that there is a way to have all the benefits of a bullet journal with less of the hassles.
Todoist is one of my favorite apps - it literally saved my (academic) life last year by keeping me organized and on top of all my assignments. I recommend you check it out if you like to plan digitally!