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With the advent of the “grinds” and the emphasis on being productive virtually 24 hours a day, there has also been an increase in productivity tools and self-help literature. The most popular (and least expensive) productivity tool is in your hand or right next to you: your smartphone and its applications. But which productivity software is the best?

I believe there are 3 main types of productivity apps:

  • Time restrain
  • Organization
  • Task managers

Though the last one and organization appear to go hand in hand, there are applications that enable you to set tasks without organizing your time/day and time organizing tools that do not allow you to construct an effective task management system.

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Here are the top productivity applications for college students!

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One of the best task managers for fully customizing assignments with graphics, files, and due dates. Furthermore, Asana lets you arrange tasks by project, personalize your workplace, and invite collaborators.

The software is simple to use and features a free basic plan that covers everything I just mentioned as well as a maximum of 15 collaborators.

There are business-related components such as “portfolios” that monitor all members’ job completions as well as the ability to set targets. This isn’t just for college students, but I believe that more people will use it in the future, and students may use it to track progress on group projects as well as boost their individual productivity and goal accomplishment.


This software is classified as a task manager since its key selling point is the ability to create habits and function as a habit tracker. Though I have mentioned a task organizer tool, I prefer to use Habitica to gamify my habits and develop healthy daily activities rather than track my progress on larger tasks.

While Asana is ideal for larger projects and monthly, weekly, and annual goals, Habitica focuses on the everyday, banal routines that comprise the majority of our lives.

You may use Habitica, for example, to measure your consistency in going to the gym, reading for 5 minutes every day, or even something as simple as drinking a glass of water. In the RPG-style habit monitoring software, completing these chores earns you in-game points, money, and the prospect of winning things.

By completing additional jobs and upgrading your gear and avatar skills, you may personalize your small avatar and pet. With these talents, you may avoid daily duties without worrying about the consequences of not reading or going to the gym today. You may combat habit “monsters” and join guilds with groups of individuals that want to do the same things you do.

In addition to the gratifying elements, Habitica provides a Pomodoro timer that you can install on your computer to increase your productivity (time restrain type).

The main disadvantage is that it’s really simple to game the system and collect points without doing anything, but it’s totally up to the user whether they want to ACTUALLY utilize Habitica to create habits or just enhance their avatar without doing anything.

SimpleCal (or any Calendar)​

Because of your ability to time block your schedule, this software (and any other calendar) comes under the category of organization.

That’s pretty much it.

While the prior applications were rather sophisticated, I don’t like time management tools that are overly complicated, and I only want to view my daily activities, impending reminders, and tasks/due dates.

You may use any software; I simply don’t enjoy using the standard calendar app that comes with the iPhone because it doesn’t display everything in a block manner as SimpleCal does. Aside from that, any calendar will suffice and is a useful tool for time blocking your days and making the most of your time.


This one falls under the time constraint category, and while I don’t particularly like for the tree-growing aspect of the software, I do appreciate the timer and the fact that it entirely restricts my access to my phone.

Flora is the finest timer/restraint software since it restricts your phone usage (the biggest distraction and killer of productivity).

It allows you to set a timer for any period of time (in increments of 5) during which you won’t be able to access your phone or get any alerts. It includes break intervals built in for Pomodoro workers and can instantly start another timer.

I suppose the tree component is there to push you to keep using the timer and growing trees, but I never really paid attention to it and simply use Flora as a super excellent timer.

My favorite feature is the ability to set a timer as soon as you launch the program. This software is a simple timer that doesn’t distract you with unnecessary features.

It’s Up To You​

This was my primary set of productivity applications. Other applications I’ve tried include a pomodoro timer app, HabitShare, and many planner-style apps (at some point they look the same, but Habitica really stood out from all of them). But I haven’t tried them all, and I like to stick to these four since they work well for me.

Productivity has evolved into its own genre, with hundreds of thousands of productivity applications available, so don’t be scared to experiment with the apps you use for the set of apps you enjoy using!

Click here for my productivity suggestions on how to modify your environment to put yourself in a productive attitude!

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