Written By: Aymen Sherwani – Grade 12
Ladies (and guys, let’s be inclusive here). Look at your apps.
Now look at mine.
Now back at your apps.
Now back to *mine*
Sadly, yours aren’t as awesome as mine, but if you stopped filling up your phone with games you’ll only play once, and checked out these four time management apps, they could be. Being a student can be challenging sometimes. No, scratch that. Being a student can be one of the most mentally stressful lifestyles in terms of balancing school, work, clubs, and relationships (assuming you’re not a grade 12 IB kid, and still have a life at this point). So without further ado, here’s a list of apps I use to convince myself that my life has structure.
1) Alarmy: Sleep If You Can!
Allow me to introduce you to the mother of all alarm clocks, Alarmy, dubbed as the World’s Most Annoying Alarm Clock. This alarm clock is literally the most effective way to wake up for me personally, since sometimes I need to be forced. So instead of convincing your mother to douse a bucket of ice water on you in the morning, why not save yourself the threat of hypothermia and install Alarmy instead? Settings as to how you want to be woken up can vary, but all will get you wide awake to start your day. For example, one way that you can make sure you make it to the bathroom every day is to use the photo recognition setting in the app, and set it to recognize your bathroom sink or toilet in order to stop ringing. Another great way to wake up in the morning is solving math problems. There’s nothing that will wake you up faster than being forced to rapidly solve math problems in order to turn your alarm off, and by that time your adrenaline will be high enough for you to get up and face the world.
2) Clockwork Tomato
Stop frying your brain by studying and use the Pomodoro time scale to fix your messy life (as I write this I realize most of this is directed towards me #lol). For those of you that don’t know what the Pomodoro method of studying is, first of all let’s have a moment of silence for all the students that have attempted to study for 3 hours straight without a break, you all died in vain. Secondly, if you haven’t guessed already, the Pomodoro studying method is a reward motivated studying strategy, essentially decreasing the number of minutes one studies, but increasing the intervals. “Clockwork Tomato is a time management application, based on the Pomodoro technique, a method that boosts productivity by breaking down work periods into 25-minute slices, separated by short breaks.”
3) Forest: Stay Focused
There are two types of students in the world: those who procrastinate, and liars. “Forest provides an interesting solution to beat your phone addiction. You can plant a seed in Forest. In the next 30 minutes, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and leave this app to check Facebook or play a game, your tree will wither away.” There is nothing more ambition inducing than the fear and guilt that comes along with knowing you’ll kill a virtual tree if you try to procrastinate. No one wants to be contributing to the phone version of global warming. No one.
4) SleepyTime: Bedtime Calculator
Have you ever gone to bed with the intentions of waking up feeling rested, but then 8 hours later you feel like you have the worst hangover ever? “Every time you sleep, you enter into a series of sleep cycles that last for around 90 minutes, but even if you seem to get plenty of hours of sleep, waking up during one of the cycles can make you feel groggy and exhausted. SleepyTime allows you to try and work around this issue.” SleepyTime allows you to decide when to go to bed, and then calculates the minimum and maximum number of sleep cycles you could possibly get, and then allows you to pick through a range of times to wake up, allowing you to wake up rested and also on time for school.