From to-do to done: 8 apps to help you tackle your spring semester
We all know what comes with the start of a new semester: new classes, new friends, new schedules, new stresses. Getting your organizational ducks in a row can often seem daunting after enjoying a month-long holiday with your friends and loved ones back home.
Good news! Smartphones have made it easier than ever to get ahead with your upcoming assignments, exam, and club meetings this semester. Put those filter-choosing, date-swiping, tweet-sharing fingers to work with 8 of our favorite apps you can download right to your phone to help you rock the New Year.
Based in Redwood, California, Evernote’s beloved by students, entrepreneurs, and Silicon Valley giants alike. In the app, you can manage everything from big projects to personal responsibility, capture (and organize) ideas with voice, pictures, etc., and, if needed, share updates and notes with friends. Also, the app instantly syncs up with all devices. Meaning, if you jot something down on your phone, it’ll instantly link to your browser-based Evernote account, as well.
Oh, and did we mention it’s free to download? Because it totally is.
Things is the award-winning personal task manager that helps you achieve your goals.
Sure, this app’s name might be straight to the point—but the ways it can boost your productivity are multidirectional.
The Apple program, which is now in version two, Things is one of the better to-do list apps out there. Things calling card is that it breaks down even the most analysis-paralysis projects into small, achievable tasks that can help you see a said goal to fruition.
Compatible with all Apple Devices, you can use it to help get ahead of your school and personal work. And, by doing so, you’ll learn quite a lot about your own habits—and see how you can improve your productivity levels.
Starting at $10, it might be the best use of that amount of money you spend this semester.
Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done.
Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.
Whether you're looking for help with getting your upcoming assignments together for that Chemistry class you've been putting off (but you need to graduate), are the Engineers Without Boarders chapter president on campus and need to set up a strategy for the semester, or are planning an upcoming summer vacation with your friends, Trello has your back.
Work smarter with Trello... for free, too.
4. Google Calendar
Make the most of every day.
The new Google Calendar app helps you spend less time managing your schedule and more time enjoying it.
Google Calendar is the time planner that can make sure nothing slips through the proverbial cracks. (And, as ever-busy students, you know just how easily deadlines can get lost in the fray.) Google Calendar works in tandem with Gmail—which, basically, everyone uses now—to sync-up reservations, invitations, set events, you name it and syncs them without you having to do any legwork.
In the app itself, use Google Calendar to set notification reminders, organize time-sensitive tasks ahead of those that aren’t, take advantage of color schemes to pull your attention, and much more.
And guess what? This one is free, too!
It starts with a thought.
Mindnode makes sense of your mind by using tried-and-true (and scientifically-backed) practices to help you get ahead of your daily doings.
Yes, mind-mapping might sound like something out of Sci-Fi movie, but is, in fact, a well-known like science fiction, but it’s actually a well-established productivity method. Mindnode utilized mind-mapping to help with brainstorming and arranging information (like class notes and slideshows) into visually stimulating depictions.
So, in lieu of traditional vertical list that seems like they have no end, Mindnode’s mind-mapping-based principles organize those ideas into a colorful web, akin to something like a subway map, showing you how each idea may (or may not) lead to future successes. This entire process can greatly help with project ideation, problem-solving, and more.
Starting at $10, Mindnode will pay for itself in graduation money, later down the road.
Life is in your hands.
Kind of like a digital personal assistant of sorts, 24me lets you automatically sync-up things in your calendar, social accounts, and personal notes. Once that’s done, you can receive pings and friendly reminder of upcoming events, birthday reminders, bills that need to be paid, you name it!
Oh, and yes: It’s free to download, to boot.
A world that works for you.
IFTTT is the free way to get all your apps and devices talking to each other. Not everything on the internet plays nice, so we're on a mission to build a more connected world.
In a world where we are constantly connected to one another through a multitude of digital platforms and devices, it can often be difficult to keep track of it all. Similarly, these platforms and devices can be tricky to work together as a team. Until IFTTT.
IFTTT is a free platform that helps you do more with all your apps and devices.
IFTTT had us at:
"Automatically light the way for the pizza delivery guy. Build a smart home that responds to every cue—from locking your front door to welcoming the delivery guy."
8. CloudMagic (Newton Mail)
The email app with space-age features for modern-day business communication.
A winner of the Webby's, CloudMagic is seemlessly blended with a magical combination of functionality & gorgeous UX design. The app syncs together all email platforms from all your devices, and puts them all in an easy-to-read format that won’t strain your eyes or put you in a state of analysis paralysis.
A few highlights of the app from their website, here:
Tidy Inbox: Focus on emails that matter
Connected Apps: Save emails to your favorite apps
Sender Profile: Get useful insights about senders
Snooze: Deal with emails only when you’re ready
Send Later: Schedule emails for the perfect moment
Calendar: Email’s perfect companion