3 apps to help you be more productive!

By Mia Dowling

As second semester commences on campus, the thought of balancing five assignments (all due in the same week of course), three exams and all other commitments sounds daunting – never mind completing all this work!

Although phones can be thought as a distraction when trying to revise they can also be an invaluable tool to help you get more value out of the little spare time you have as a student, so we’ve spent some time picking some great apps to help you be more productive!

FocusList (Apple-only)

The Pomodoro technique is a time management technique which uses a timer to break down work into intervals, usually around 25 minutes, which are separated by short breaks. The idea of this technique is that by breaking down work into smaller chunks, you will essentially be more productive as you are making better use of your time!

FocusList was created with inspiration from the Pomodoro technique, and its three key features are: helping you plan your day, keeping track of your time and helping you stay focused.

Plan your day

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FocusList allows you to create your own ‘focus list’ for the day and also lets you split bigger tasks into smaller ones. By breaking down your tasks, you are able to plan the day ahead and set it out in such a way that you are able to commit to everything on your list. In addition, the app lets you ‘Timebox’ each activity and estimate the set amount of time you want to commit, and therefore be realistic with how much time you have available!

Stay Focused

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As you’ve created your list of things to do, it’s time to tackle them! The app encourages you to focus on one task at a time by picking a task, doing it for 25 minutes and taking a 5- minute break. You then continue with this process until the task is complete. Even if you can continue after 25 minutes take the break just to assimilate what you have just learned, which will allow you to feel fresh when you start your next slot.

Track Time

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The app comes with a built-in time tracker which allows you to determine whether you had a productive day or not. You can track the amount of time you worked that day, which tasks you completed and also which hours of the day you were most productive.

The app can be used on all Apple devices which is great to sync your iPad or Apple Watch to to keep on top of your tasks! The app is simple in its format and usability which should help you stay focused and most importantly get work done! Its main downside is its initial £4.99 cost, but once purchased its functionality provides great value for money.

Strides (Apple-only)

Need some help getting that motivation? Well, Strides is the app for you. Strides helps you to create ‘good’ habits and track how you incorporate those habits into your life by giving you statistics on how well you’ve done during the day.

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