The time for New Year resolutions is here! What will you promise yourself today? You might want to work on healthy habits or budgeting, reading more or managing your Internet addiction. Your parents will want you to stay safe and take care of yourself. Luckily, all these things are easy to accomplish with the right tools. So here comes our second edition of top-5 apps for college students. This time we tackle the apps to help you keep your New Year‘s resolutions.
If you feel like your life should be a little more organized and filled with better habits, start with Todoist. It‘s a straightforward, no-nonsense app that will keep you on the straight and narrow. It is as simple as your to-do list with a bonus of regular tasks, notifications, comments, priorities, and tags. Say, you want to go for a jog every morning. Just add the time and add a ‘Health‘ tag, set the task to repeat every day. It will nag you hanging on the overdue list until you finally go for a run. The karma feature helps to stay motivated, but there is also a vacation option if you want to take a break from your commitments. The basic version is free, but you can go premium for just $28.99 per year.
Getting the hang of the budgeting is a necessary evil for every student. If you have decided to manage your finances, use Goodbudget. This app uses a good old envelope method, so it divides your income into envelopes designated for different expenses. You can have ten regular categories and ten more for saving on something big, like a trip to Europe. The trick is to stay within the predetermined amount of money within each envelope. The more you save, the more you can put away for your big dream. The app is free if you are happy with 2-device synchronization and one-year transaction history. If you are willing to pay $50/year or $6/month, you get 5-device synchronization and a 5-year log along with an endless number of extra envelopes.
Aren‘t you tired of always being out of the loop when your friends are talking about the exciting things that happen around the world? You don‘t have to waste your time scouring the web for interesting articles and news reports. Use Feedly instead. It‘s a user-friendly RSS aggregator, and it‘s free! You‘ll need an account and a list of topics in which you are interested. Add all blogs and websites you enjoy reading and wait for the app to do its magic. You will get notifications every time something interesting is posted. And you can skim through the article directly in the app, whenever you crave your information fix.
Feedly might help you save time on Internet surfing, but social media and email are still a huge time sink. When your phone is buzzing with notifications every other minute, it is impossible to concentrate on the critical tasks, like work or studies. To get rid of the distractions, use Offtime. You can set the app to block all incoming calls and text messages unless you identify exceptions. The app can bar you from using browsers, social media, and games. All activity is saved in a log and available for you to browse and analyze. The basic version is free, but for a fee, you can get a few extra features, like calendar synchronization, activity planner, and profile manager.
If you are in college far away from home, your family will always be worried about your wellbeing. To put their minds at ease, download the Circle of 6. This app will form a safety net of 6 contacts who will immediately get an emergency message with your GPS coordinates if you find yourself in danger. Your backup is just two taps away. Another useful feature will get you on the line with a hotline on health and safety information for college students. Many US colleges have a customized version of this app. Among them are Williams College, University of Houston, and UCLA. Check if your school is on the list using app store search.
If you intend to keep this year‘s resolutions, you will need all the help you can get. Start by download these apps; they will make your next semester more efficient and exciting. And don‘t forget to check out our previous list of revision apps here.