[This is part 2 of 2 on my series about FREE productivity skills for students. You can find part 1 here.]
We’re all stressed. The daily pressures of life come at us from every direction and cause us to be stressed out. But don’t you worry! I’m here to help! Here’s a few tools I use on a daily basis to keep myself organized and sane.
- Google Calendar: While I may be obsessed with my MacBook Pro, iCal is not my favorite calendar program. It works great for those with iPhones, sure, but for the rest of us, Google Calendar is here with an amazing solution. Personally, I use a Motorola Atrix 4G, which runs Android, and therefore syncs perfectly with my Google Calendar. Any event I add on my computer is automatically pushed down to my phone and vice versa. It’s a beautiful synergy that keeps my life organized and happy. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Patrick I’m a poor collie student. I can’t afford a smart phone to keep me organized!” Once again, this is where Google Calendar trumps iCal. If you set up a calendar on Google, head into settings and click “mobile setup.” Using only text messages, you can schedule events and receive reminders before events take place. I actually prefer to add events using a text message from my phone rather than using the default calendar program on my phone. Google Calendar is available here.
- Amazon Kindle: Before you accuse me of misleading you with the title of this post, let me explain myself. Yes, the Kindle does cost $114, but it was the best $114 I ever spent. Every single textbook I bought on my Kindle was at least $4 cheaper than from the bookstore, with a few that were even 90% off. I crunched the numbers on those savings, and over the course of two semesters, I will have saved over $120. Therefore, the Kindle essentially pays for itself in just 1 school year. On top of that, the ability to carry all of my books with me on one 9oz device means no more back pain. It’s a win-win!
- Amazon Kindle App: If you don’t feel like springing for the full Kindle device but still want to take advantage of the Kindle prices, I would highly encourage you to try the Amazon Kindle App (for Mac). It basically functions the same as a Kindle, with one extra feature that I absolutely LOVE. If you are reading something on the Kindle app and highlight it, copy it, and paste it into a document, it automatically pastes the MLA citation with the quote. For students, this will save you hours over the course of the semester.
Well there you have it, numbers 4-6. What do you do to stay productive?