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5 Must-Have Apps for Students Struggling with Productivity

5 Must-Have Apps for Students Struggling with Productivity

These days people are often saying that it’s never been easier to be a student and finish a college degree with flying colors. In the age of internet access that previous generations didn’t have it all seems quite easy, right?

Well, that’s a statement that’s difficult to argue with, but all of these perks and benefits come with a number of factors that have shown themselves to be a serious distraction. Let’s simplify this – how often do you go online for some innocent browsing in order to find a piece of information and you find yourself hours later watching videos of cute kittens?

Therefore students need all the help they can get in order to keep their focus on studying. In the spirit of fighting fire with fire, you should use technology to your advantage and explore your options when it comes to apps that boost productivity.

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1. Capture Your Lessons

When in a class full of students, chances are that something will redirect your focus from your professor holding the class. The best thing to do here is to have a backup, so it is suggested that you start capturing your lessons.

With apps like OfficeLens or SoundNote, you’ll be able to record your classes, photograph whiteboards, and convert your files into a format you find most suitable for learning. This depends on the type of learner you are, but overall you’ll find these apps to be a very practical way to boost your productivity by not missing anything.

2. Increase the Quality of Your Studying

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    The key to successful learning is repetition – this can be the most boring part of your overall student experience, but it’s something you can’t really study without.

    A large percentage of students find flashcards with questions to be the most efficient solution here. However, this is something that takes time and effort to create, leaving very little time for you to actually study, or have some fun for a change.

    You will therefore be happy to know that there’s an app called StudyBlue that offers functionality – it creates digital flash cards for you by using your course information and, of course, it allows you to add them as well.

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    3. No More Late Mornings

    If you’re a late sleeper, you have most likely gotten very frustrated numerous times because you missed a lecture or an exam because you completely ignored your alarm or seven of them, perhaps.

    This shouldn’t be a problem for you anymore, if you start using Alarmy: Sleep If You Can. It really is as tough as it sounds – when you set an alarm on this app it won’t stop making terrible noises until you perform a specific task, such as taking a photo of a specific item, for example.

    4. Get Your Writing in Order

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      An integral part of student life is to write all sorts of papers and essays and therefore you’re most likely familiar with this one irritating thing called writer’s block. Now, it doesn’t really matter if you consider writing to be one of your talents or not, because it is required for you to do it.

      Therefore, when you have a dilemma or you require academic assistance regarding your assignment, you can turn to EssayShark – it’s created by experienced professionals and it will offer you guidance when you’re in need of it. You can check out this essay sample and see what kind of results you can expect if you decide to use their app.

      5. Social Networks Shut Down

      In the end, you should pay attention to the most problematic distraction there is – social networks. It can be really difficult to focus on your studying when you get a notification from a crush of yours or perhaps when you’re participating in an online argument. Let’s face it, you need to stop wasting your time on endless scrolling.

      With an app called Anti-Social, you can mark sites as distracting and, when turned on, it will prevent your phone from ringing if there’s a notification headed your way. It will be of tremendous help when it comes to increasing your productivity. If you want to achieve enviable levels of productivity, you need to implement some discipline to your student life. Luckily for you, your efforts regarding this problem extend to only a couple of clicks, because downloading any of these apps will do this for you – you just need to make your selection based on your requirements.

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      Last Updated on August 16, 2018

      16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

      16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

      The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

      How about a unique spin on things?

      These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

      1. Empty your mind.

      It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

      Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

      Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

      Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

      How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

      2. Keep certain days clear.

      Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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      This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

      3. Prioritize your work.

      Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

      Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

      Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

      How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

      4. Chop up your time.

      Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

      5. Have a thinking position.

      Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

      What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

      6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

      To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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      Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

      7. Don’t try to do too much.

      OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

      8. Have a daily action plan.

      Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

      Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

      9. Do your most dreaded project first.

      Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

      10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

      The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

      11. Have a place devoted to work.

      If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

      But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

      Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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      Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

      12. Find your golden hour.

      You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

      Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

      Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

      Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

      13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

      It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

      By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

      Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

      14. Never stop.

      Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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      Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

      There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

      15. Be in tune with your body.

      Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

      16. Try different methods.

      Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

      It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

      Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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