We’re all back at school and about to be waist deep in assignments, presentations and final projects. Now truthfully, this could be quite overwhelming. However, we live in the 21st century. This is the age of working smarter and not harder. Most of us, if not all of us have some type of smart device, veritable untapped wells of productivity. Well, no worries, today I’ll give you some productivity tools that could give you a leg up this semester.
1. FocusList – If any of you readers are anything like me. Focusing on one task for a long period of time might prove to be a struggle. Sometimes my mind can be like a squirrel jumping from tree to tree in search of the tastiest looking nut. FocusList understands this and uses the Pomodoro technique to help the user accomplish tasks. What’s the Pomodoro technique? I’m glad you asked. Well, the Pomodoro technique is a time management system that uses a timer to break work into intervals, typically around 25 minutes. Additionally, these intervals are punctuated by short breaks. Personally, I’ve been using this technique for years. The work intervals are short enough for me to keep my focus and I find myself less distracted as long as I know I have a break coming up.
Check out FocusList here: http://focuslist.co
2. Noisli – I can’t study in silence. It’s uncomfortable and I end up miserable making studying borderline impossible. So you might assume that I study with music. Well, the answer to that is both yes and no. If I have an assignment with a concept that I have already grasped, then yes I could listen to music and power through it. However, if it’s a new concept I’m trying to wrap my mind around I find music distracting. This is where Noisli comes in. Noisli is a white noise generator that does so much more than simply pump varying tones of radio static into your ears. There are weather tones, water tones, nature tones, urban tones and much more and you have the power to mix and match them to your liking. I find it calms me and puts me in the moods to be productive and I’m sure it can do the same for you.
Check out Noisli here: http://www.noisli.com
3. Scanbot – Let’s face facts, notebooks can get to be a little much sometimes. They’re bulky and the more you have the heavier your load becomes. Personally, I buy as little notebooks as I possibly can, and with the help of the app Scanbot, it allows me to still keep all my notes in an organized manner. You see, Scanbot works like this. You could buy one notebook. Yes, you read correctly, I said one notebook, and in this notebook, you would write all your notes for all your classes. Now you grab your phone and take pictures of your notes and then upload PDF copies of the notes you made to your cloud storage provider of choice, Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive. And there you have it, accessible from any device, won’t be eaten by your dog and easy to share.
Check out Scanbot here: http://scanbot.io
4. Pushbullet – Now here’s an app that could change your workflow forever. Pushbullet seamlessly syncs your smartphone up with your computer. In my eyes, it’s a work of art. Have you ever realized just how unproductive you are when you try to split your attention between multiple devices? Just the ease of access alone was enough for me to give it a try. Just think about how easy it would be to prepare a presentation on your smartphone and sync it with your computer on presentation day. The possibilities are truly endless.
Check out PushBullet here: http://www.pushbullet.com
I can almost hear your response to the question “Do you want to try any of these apps?”