Life Hacks For Improved Productivity
In this day and age, it is easy to get distracted. Hell, there are sites dedicated to it (Distractify / BuzzFeed). As fun as distraction and procrastination can be, it really is not very helpful when it comes to getting your degree.
Here are 6 cool tools specifically designed to improve your productivity.
1. Keep Me Out
Do you find yourself jumping on Facebook for a ‘quick look’ when you’re studying, only to fall into a vortex swimming with status updates, funny videos and ex-lovers? If you find yourself spending more time on certain sites instead of the ones that are actually going to help you ace that exam or complete that assessment, then Keep Me Out is the perfect tool for you. Simply tell Keep Me Out the website you want to limit your access to, personalise the settings and you’re set! A bookmark will be spat out; you just need to store it in your browser/bookmarks, rename it whatever you want (e.g. Facebook) and you’re good to go.
So, let’s take a look at the below example. Based on these settings, if I were to visit Facebook more than once every half an hour using the bookmarked tab, Keep Me Out would kick me off.
StayFocusd: a Google Chrome extension that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you spend on websites. Personalise it as much as you want – you can block or allow entire websites, specific pages, specific in-page content (games, videos, etc.) and more.
Monitor all aspects of your running regime and get the most out of your workout with the super slick and oh-so-smart Nike+ GPS Watch. From time and distance to pace and calories burned, this watch is more informative than the answer sheet at pub trivia. Plus, after your run, you can jump onto NikePlus.com and find new running routes, set personal goals, access training programs, join challenges and connect with other runners around the world.
3. Focus Writer
Are you one of those people who finds themselves writing up a document, only to be distracted by the email notifier, the lingering Skype icon, the Google search page … Focus Writer clears away all the hoo-hah, leaving you with nothing but the clean page. You’ll be amazed at how much more productive you are without the taskbars, toolbars and other bits to distract your eye and mind. Plus, you can customise the look of the background. Here are just three theme examples:
The place to go when you want all the answers in one place. LifeHacker declares itself to be “your expert guide on how to get things done and do everything better.”
This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, a time management system that challenges you to focus on a single task for 25 minutes and then give yourself a 5-minute break. FocusBooster allows you to list out your daily tasks, and then it tracks your time as you work through them. When 25 minutes are up, an alarm sounds and you get a break. It’s an easy way to practice expanding your attention span without going overboard.
My Study Life allows you to easily program in your class timetable and then assign all related homework, assessments, exams or other important info to each class. You can then keep track of all due dates and tasks in the one place.