I love productivity apps. There’s something about combining my pencil and paper planner to a digital device like my laptop or phone that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. No, that’s not a joke!
My previous cell phone wouldn’t let me download anymore apps because it was so out of date. I recently got the Samsung Galaxy S6 phone (that I’m paying for all myself! Yay #adulting!) and I’m loving how compatible it is with every app and how gorgeous the screen looks when I’m working on it.
Here are some of my favorite productivity apps that I feel every college student or young professional should have.
It’s a known fact that I live off Google Calendar. During the school year I put my class schedule in there, color coded of course, as well as my work schedule, any theatre productions I’m working on, all my club and Her Campus meetings, my doctor’s appointments, all my events, even my dates with my boyfriend.. And so much more!
I love that Google Calendar syncs with a ton of different apps as well as the desktop online program. This way I can go in depth in planning on my laptop, then can pull away and have it already loaded onto my phone for travel.
I can’t get enough of Google Calendar!
Personally when I am at school I pay for all my expenses. From my groceries to my toiletries, gas and fuel, entertainment, and more. I tried making my own budget outline in a spreadsheet but I could rarely find the time to update it!
Mint is cool because it takes your info from purchases and updates automatically and categorizes it into a budget. You can set reminders and it will let you know when you’re close to exceeding your budget, it can remind you to pay your bills, and it’s a good way to check your account balance while on the go when you’re trying to save money!
Speaking of saving money, as I was looking into purchasing my new phone, I shared with the guy at the phone store that I was worried about being able to make large monthly payments on top of my groceries. He immediately pulled out his phone and showed me this app.
iBotta is an app that gives you rebates on purchases that you already make, like groceries, clothing, electronics, beauty, and even some restaurants!
Before you go shopping (or right afterwards!) you go into the app and search for the items you’re going to buy. You can search by store or by item type or brand. Then you click on the app and do a very simple task like click a button or watch a 30 second video to unlock the item. Then, after you purchase the item, you scan the barcode and the receipt in through your phone to get a rebate for that item (or a whole shopping cart full of items!) then you can cash out through PayPal.
This way you save money on things you would have bought anyway, and that can go towards whatever you want it to.
I’ve tried a wide variety of To-Do-List style apps. Everyone has those moments where you’re out and suddenly think “oh I have to remember to put my laundry in the dryer when I get home!” or “that would make a great blog post!” but those usually go forgotten once you get home.
I like to have something simple to jot down ideas that I have on the go so that I don’t forget things like that. Todoist is the best app I have found for this. You can organize your tasks under projects (for example my projects are Work, Blog, Personal, Groceries, Her Campus) and also by due date.
If you choose, it sends you an e-mail and a push notification at the start of each day with what you have to accomplish that day or what is overdue. You can also set up recurring tasks, such as “Every Monday Do Laundry” and it will tell me “Do Laundry” every Monday! Or Even “Every first of the month Send in Hours for Work” and it will remind me on the 1st of every month “Send in Hours for Work.”
If you’re registered in any class that has intensive memorization requirements, get this app. This lets you take flashcards based off of your notes, digitally! I really enjoy writing out my notes by hand on real flashcards, but I also have found that doing it through this app (which also connects to the web on your desktop) helps take it an extra step that I need.
I remember last semester there was a girl in one of my classes who would bring out this app everyday while she was walking to class or while waiting for the professor to show up and start the lecture and she would study from it. I would join her some days, and it definitely made it easier when it came to the test.
There’s options to display it as a flashcard, as a fill in the blank/multiple choice test, and even as a matching game. Great for memorizing definitions, a new language, vocabulary, formulas, matching descriptions with answers, anything really!
SAMapp: Self-help Anxiety Management App.
It’s not a secret that I tend to have problems with anxiety. A recent study by the American College Health Association found that over 50% of college students have experienced “overwhelming anxiety” within 2013.
There are a couple of apps out there that attempt to help with anxiety, but out of the few that I have tried this one has been pretty handy. There is an option to track your anxiety levels defined by a few different characteristics so that you can identify things that trigger it. You can view trends from instances, times of day, and much more that trigger your anxiety so that you can learn how to handle it.
There is also a “Help for anxiety NOW” button that gives you a small list of breathing and peaceful exercises to help calm and ease anxiety in some instances and help train yourself to handle it better.
Do you have any favorite apps? Tell me about them, I would love to try them out!