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Time Management Tips, Tools & Apps Increase time management skills, get more efficient, be more productive – whatever way you put it, we as college students have to learn how to do more in a short amount of time. Between a full course load, labs, papers, chapter reading, and a work study job, you are a master juggler in training. Now it’s time to reach the next level with these 7 time management tips, efficiency tools, and productivity apps – via our friends at our friends at Barnes & Noble College’s blog, the College Juice. Because no, a desk full of post-it notes isn’t going to cut it.

1. Manage important tasks by using Todoist.
A to-do list always sounds like a good idea, but sometimes tracking everything on a piece of paper or a note on your phone just isn’t practical. That’s where Todoist comes in. You can access this digital to-do list across mulitple platforms – like your web browser, phone, or email. You can also break down these tasks by priority level and set up the app so you’ll get reminders as needed.

2. Stay focused on your work by using StrictWorkflow.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever procrastinated. Everybody? OK, us too. Everyone falls victim to little distractions sometimes. Next time you sit down to study, try temporarily blocking any distracting sites (Netflix, we see you) with the Chrome extension, StrictWorkflow. Don’t worry, you’ll get a short break every 25 minutes, so you can still get your fix of entertainment.

3. Never miss a commitment with Google Calendar reminders.
Do you ever get so caught up in a crazy schedule that you totally forget to do something important? Exclusively relying on the ol’ gray matter to remember every responsibility when you’re busy is a headache waiting to happen. Try downloading the Google Calendar app and setting up reminders on your phone. Poof! Better time management is yours.

4. Find more time in your day by creating an activity log.
You might be surprised how much of your day you spend on time-consuming tasks that take away from more important responsibilities. Some people swear by activity logs. Basically, it’s a written record of how you’re using your time each day, and it’s perfect if you struggle with fitting in study time or getting all your internship tasks done. Get started with this Mindtools guide.

5. Keep an organized schedule by using a planner.
The folks at College Juice are firm believers that a planner is a must. You might be given a syllabus for each class at the beginning of the term, but one the best productivity tools to stay on top of due dates is by compiling them all into one planner. Another bonus? You can also pencil in other important parts of your schedule – like study sessions, meetings, and appointments.

6. Stay motivated to get things done with Wonderful Day.
What if we told you that increasing your productivity is possible with a super simple app? Let’s say you want to make sure you get in a study session every Wednesday. Simply enter the task in the Wonderful Day app and mark it with a green dot every time you complete it. But be careful – missing a day will give you a red dot instead. The trick is to keep your streak of green dots going until it becomes a habit.

7. Make sure you build in time for your personal needs with Balanced.
Incorporating all these time management tips doesn’t mean only making time for work. It’s also about making time for the little things that matter to you, like reading a book, working out, or visiting friends. The Balanced app is a daily motivator to fit in some “you” time and will help you track your progress.

What time management tips have helped you? Do you have any favorite productivity apps? Share your picks with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Head over to the College Juice for more great advice and tips.

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