Towards the end of spring term, I would get looks from professors when my computer screen was open and they just happened to walk by and see the copious amounts of sticky notes on my desktop screen. Between notes for internships, projects that were due, random blogs to read, etc, I could barely see my background. Over the last few months, I’ve tried out and fell in love with three particular apps that have made my life so much easier and my computer a lot cleaner.
Sunrise is amazing. It is a calendar app that syncs with basically everything (gcal, ical, facebook, etc) and allows you to not only see everything in one place, but also find times to meet people. With apps for desktop and phone, it makes life simple and I would honestly never go back to anything else.
Don’t get me wrong.. Apple mail is great and all, but I find it a bit ugly at times. Mailbox not only makes everything a lot cleaner looking, it also displays a different photo every day when you get your inbox to zero. You can set emails to show up in your inbox at certain times on certain days, or move them into a list. It integrates with gmail and I have found it to be super helpful in managing what emails I respond to and when. If I need to follow up with someone, I don’t need to set a calendar alert and hope to find the email, it just shows back up in my inbox on the date / time necessary.
While Asana is mostly used for businesses to increase productivity and decrease emails while working on projects, I have found it helpful in managing my time and making sure I get work done on time. I created ‘projects’ for each of my classes and tasks for everything that was due. I then set due dates a few days ahead of when they were actual due and the app automatically added it to Sunrise so I had everything scheduled on my calendar. It made it so much easier to know when things were due and get each part of a project done when it needed to be done. You can create sub-tasks and set specific times for tasks to be due which makes the possibilities endless.
I waited to write about these until they were tried and tested and now all three have my stamp of approval. Have an app you think is too good to live with out? Leave a note below!