Before I made it to NIU life was a little bit simpler to manage. I could handle all my affairs including homework, a job, and scheduling without much thought or worry. Now, with 5 classes, 3 student organizations, 2 internships, and social life to juggle I feel like I need my own secretary. Unfortunately, I do not have the money or the influence to afford such a luxury. In lieu of my budget and anonymity, I’ve learned to harness technology to help manage my busy life. I’m hoping that with this blog I can help you all do the same. Here are a few applications and technologies that I’ve utilized to make life a little bit easier.
Google Drive lets you store, access, and share your files anywhere, whether it be on the web, on your hard drive, or on a mobile device. Here’s how you can start:
- Go to Google Drive on the web at drive.google.com.
- Install Google Drive on your computer and mobile device (Free for iPhone and Android)
- Place files in Google Drive on your computer and boom, it goes straight to your mobile and vice versa!
You can store up to 5 GB of data for free! Collaborate with others on documents to do group assignments remotely. I’ve literally completed entire papers and assignments without ever meeting with my teammates. Another benefit of Drive is that you’ll never have to worry about forgetting an attachment on your computer at home (the second worst excuse next to my dog ate my homework). With Google Drive, your documents are anywhere you have a computer or mobile device.
Astrid is the personal assistant that I’ve always wanted. I can use it to make grocery lists, to-do lists that include errands or assignments, and others. Best of all, its free and I can use the application to schedule all the tasks that I have to complete. Astrid helps you get your life organized so you will never miss a due date. Because it offers the ability to add deadlines and priority levels to your tasks that pair with reminders and alarms, you will never forget to follow through with your obligations again! The lists you create in Astrid go straight to the cloud, so like Google Drive, you can access your lists anywhere you have a computer or mobile device. Simply log into your account and surprise, all of your grocery lists, book lists, and assignment deadlines are all there!
Right Inbox is free extension for Chrome and Firefox that works with your Gmail account to schedule emails for sending later. The add-on places a “Send Later” button in your Gmail account with options to schedule the email at any time and date you please! You can use it to send yourself reminders or send emails to others at just the right time. I’ve used right inbox to send time sensitive emails that can only be sent between certain hours of certain days (shout out to Mktg 450 students). Many recruiters for companies have their email on their phones and I’d hate to leave a bad impression and wake them at 2 AM in the morning (when I do most of my work). So instead, I’ll write the email at 2 AM but I’ll schedule the email for 4 hours later using Right Inbox! It’s a win-win! They get to sleep and I get to look like a stud for supposedly being a productive member of society at 6 in the morning (or so the email says).
Use these applications and plug ins and I’m sure they can add a few months, a few more hours to your beauty sleep, and a few less stress induced wrinkles! 2.0out
Do you have any suggestions for apps that have made your life easier? Share in the comments below!