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Best Apps for Staying Organized

Posted on April 28, 2014

Effectively keeping track of a to-do list is a recursive task in itself. The many responsibilities stemming from a multi-faceted lifestyle include obligations to homework, lifestyle activities, professional deadlines, and household chores. You end up with a list of lists, and then what? Which section takes priority? How can you gage urgency? Is there a way to stay on top of everything without becoming a neurotic control freak? The app-free answer is “no,” but the app-assisted answer is a resounding “yes!”

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1. Workflowy:

Workflowy is a great organizational tool for the aforementioned “list of lists” dilemma. With a “Stress less, do more” mantra and multi-faceted capabilities ranging from project collaboration to wedding planning, Workflowy is a favorite in both the academic and professional realms.

2. Evernote: Though its function is similar to Workflowy, Evernote is most effective for those who works across multiple platforms (smartphone, laptop, tablet…). It includes a super-useful web clipper that saves anything of interest online, plenty of storage space for images and audio files, as well as an easy-to-use interface for visual design or outlining.

3. Hootsuite: For those looking to improve their social media efficiency and keep track of analytics, Hootsuite is the undisputable way to go. The real-time statistical analysis offers insight about user bases on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Foursquare, WordPress, Tumblr, etc., and can be used to schedule posts as a student, blogger, or PR professional.

4. MyHomework: Finally, for academic obligations, myHomework functions as the ideal virtual planner. Input syllabi and course schedules to track assignments while receiving exam reminders and lesson plans. If your professor uses Teachers.io, you can even join the class in the app, and all the information will be automatically synced to your myHomework account! Access it online, via iPad or Kindle, through Windows 8 applications or on both iPhones and Androids.

-- Julie Bogen '14

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