I know this blog is about cosplay and occasionally anime news, but this time I want to share some tips on having a productive life in college. These are some of my savvy tips that I have cultivated throughout the years and what better times to write this when I’m a year away from graduating. It will help if you have a smartphone or even a tablet with you as these two are tremendous productivity booster when it is use correctly.
Have a To-Do list
I use Wunderlist, a brainchild from 6wunderkinder to keep track of my daily activities in different lists. The best thing about this tiny app is that it can be synced to your desktop, smartphone and tablet altogether seamlessly.
I have a love hate relationship with this app because the transition period between its 1st version to the 2nd ruin the user experience and syncing was hard. However, I came back to give it a one last try and have been sticking to it even since with improved user experience.
Having a to-do list is important in our fast-paced life of the 21st century but most people don’t bother about it. However, there’s a great advantage of using it because you won’t ever forget what you need to do.
Use Dropbox for file management
I use Dropbox, the online cloud storage service to sync my college documents and assignments back and forth to my devices and my desktop. So, I don’t need to bother about plugging the wire or use Air-sync apps to do any transfers. I just need to drop it into my dropbox folder and voila every devices I owned and run it will be synced.
Not to mention, I have successfully earned around 30GBs by referring others to use the service. Wanna sign up and use it? If you do then you and me can get and extra 500MB added into our account for free. *wink*
Schedule your calender with Google
I admit. I’m a heavy Google user. Their products are just too useful for daily life operation like their email app or just the calender app. You can schedule everything like your class period, submission deadline, outing so forth and be synced with your devices.
Also, my mobile phone and tablet runs Android so it’s natural that Google products are my first choice.
Use hootsuite to manage your online life
I’m sure most of the college student uses social networks to meet up old friends, setup meeting, comment on certain subjects and collaborate with others to finish an assignment. Most if not all have a Facebook account or a twitter account as a mean to communicate with your friends online. These can be big time waster as you kept on scrolling your news feed to check out to stalk on your friend.
Why don’t you aggregate all of them to one spot whereby you can control it indefinitely? It’s the best way to cut out unnecessary ads here and there or distractions.
Use Feedly to get all your latest feed
It may sounds old and some of the newer generation may have not hear of it (most is getting their news on FB nowadays) but it’s pretty useful in my day to day news need.
I’m proud to say that I’m still using RSS to get my news online. To those unbeknownst, it stands for Rich Site Summary and you can read it all in Wikipedia. This blog runs RSS too if you didn’t notice as it is located at the top right corner.
Feedly can aid me in centralizing all news that I subscribed to a localized point for me to consume them. I don’t frequent Facebook as a source of my news much because most are not trusted, filler post or it came from a shady source unless we are talking about a legitimate brand then it’s a different story.
Use Pocket to bookmark interesting contents
Have you ever stumbled upon some interesting articles but doesn’t have the time to read them? Well, I do and it happen quite a lot too. So, I use Pocket (previously known as Read It Later) which can easily help me save them and it will automatically download into my devices for my viewing pleasure at a later time.
You can get the application in either Apple or Android platform. They also have a chrome extension for your to bookmark articles. You just need to click the icon to initiate the saving and if you are crazy about tagging it lets you do that too.
So, my take away message is to use your time wisely as it’s a limited resource. Once lost and it will be gone forever.
OP Image Artist: Takehito Harada