If you wish you had a personal assistant to organise your day, check your pocket or your bag. Put those fancy computers, tablets and phones to work with these free apps and cloud-based services designed to help you become better organised and feel more in control.
Tom’s Planner is a web-based scheduling tool that allows you to see the big picture when it comes to your time. You can sign-up and get one schedule for free, which is all a uni student would need. You can create different task categories and see them side-by-side, which is very handy when you’re trying to identify events that complete for your time, such as study and socialising. Best of all, you can see at a glance just how many (or how few) weeks you have until exams, so you can start planning now.
This service is built for mobile devices, so rather than using an app, just add the shortcut to your phone or tablet’s home screen. For more information visit http://www.tomsplanner.com
Google Calendar and Documents
Didn’t know Google offered more than an easy way to find memes? With Google Calendar you can update your schedule online, anywhere, at any time. You can create shared calendars to help organise group work or shared resources like a meeting room or an important text book. Most apps for iOS, OSX, Android and Windows can pull your Google Calendar data so you can see your appointments across all of your devices. With Google Docs you can create and share documents online and allow them to be edited by other people – a real time-saver in a group work scenario. You will need to sign up for a free Google account, although many of you will already have one.
If you spend most of your time trying to remember where you wrote down those critical notes about your upcoming exam, you need Evernote. Evernote is a free web-based filing cabinet for all your notes, thoughts, sketches, you name it. You can tag and cross reference you notes, and even share them with friends (handy around exam time!). Use Evernote to take notes in lectures and you will have them everywhere that you have web access: on the bus, in a group meeting, or just before the exam. Evernote comes with native apps for iOS, OS X, Windows and Android, as well as a web portal. The easiest way to get acquainted with Evernote is to head over to www.evernote.com and watch an introductory video.