Helpful Apps for Midterm Season
Midterm season never seems to end, it mostly just slowly drags on into 10th week and before you know it, it’s time for finals. As you juggle any number of tasks every day, from friends and family, to academics and actually getting enough sleep, it’s often overwhelming to stay focused and motivated while also maintaining a healthy work-life balance. See below for five apps to help you manage stress and increase productivity as you tackle midterms and keep many other important things in your life organized!
1. Remember the Milk
WHAT IT OFFERS: This is a task list manager that reminds you about your to-dos. Enter the label, due dates, priority, and repeat properties for each task and you will get reminded through email, text, and other mobile apps. You can also break a task into sub-tasks or attach files from Google Drive or Dropbox to keep files handily organized alongside the related tasks.
COST: Free with $39.99/year pro subscription option
WHAT IT OFFERS: This app helps you stop procrastinating and stay focused on your task. Whenever you are on a task, you set a timer and plant a seed in Forest. The seed grows into a tree over time. However, if you access anything other than the app on your phone, your tree will wither. Your forest becomes lusher as time passes. It prevents you from being distracted by your phone and provides sense of accomplishment to keep yourself motivated.
WHAT IT OFFERS: Similar to Forest, SelfControl helps you stay focused by blocking certain websites of your choice by a given time. You will be unable to access the webs on the block list until the time expires, even if you restart your computer or browser. Customize which websites to block and avoid digital diversions.
COST: Free for iOS
WHAT IT OFFERS: When you are managing several tasks at the same time, it’s difficult to maintain maximum productivity. That’s where 30/30 comes in. This app divides tasks into 30 minutes time period with 30 minutes of break in between. By repeating the work-break cycle, you can force yourself to stay focused in the given time constraint. It also customizes your tasks list by time, color, label, and icon. Completely gesture-based, 30/30 helps you to stay on track
COST: Free for iOS
5. Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep
WHAT IT OFFERS: Want an effective relaxation technique? This app allows you to reduce level of anxiety, stress, and depression through audio therapy. You choose from a list of 6 quality relaxing sound from nature—ocean sounds, thunder, night in jungle, rain, bird sounds, and waterfall. These sounds effects help you to take a break from work and increase concentration.
COST: Free for iOS and Android
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