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available for Android & iOS
Sleepo is an application that provides soundscapes to help you fall asleep, study, relax, or meditate. You can create your own mixes, or use presets, such as "rain in the woods" or "winter camping."
available for Android, iOS, desktop OSX, and online
Coffitivity is another soundscape service; however, this one specializes in coffee shop ambiances! It claims (with peer reviewed research!) to "help boost creativity and help you work better." I can say that it has definitely helped me!
available for Android & iOS
Space is the perfect app for anyone with a cellphone addiction. It's not that we necessarily want to break up with Instagram; we just want to be a little less clingy. Space analyzes your phone addiction and sends you little reminders when you've been glued to your screen for too long. It's personalized, too!
stop, breathe & think
available on Android, iOS, Slack, Alexa, and online
Stop, Breathe & Think is my favorite guided meditation app. It's free (although there is a premium options - not that it's necessary to have a full and enriching experience), and their mission is to bring mindfulness and meditation everywhere. Stop, Breathe & Think also shares revenue with a non-profit providing mindfulness training and meditation to at-risk youths.
available on Android, iOS, and Google Chrome Extension
Forest - an oldie but a goodie. This adorable little application makes the Pomodoro technique fun and rewarding! You set a timer and "plant" trees during your study session. This is the perfect application for anyone with a phone or Reddit addiction who needs to get studying.
available on iOS & OSX
GoodNotes4 is my choice app for paperless education. I've tried nearly every paid and free option on the market and can say that nothing else compares. Not only is GoodNotes 4 great for digital note taking, it's also formatted so you can print your notes and save them for later.
nike run+ & training club
available for Android & iOS
There's no point in studying so hard if your body isn't going to make it to the end with you. The Nike Run+ and Training Club apps have been a huge part of my physiological and psychological wellness, especially during the school year. You can create customized training plans that suit your lifestyle. The best part is that it's free.
available for Android, iOS, and Desktop OSX
Need I say more?
My Productive Playlist
What are your favorite productivity apps? Let me know in the comments down below!
Recently, I announced that I would be posting six pieces of content every single week until further notice: three videos on my YouTube channel and three blog posts right here. Currently feeling a mixture of excitement and fear that I'll fall short whilst I move up north for school. Eek!
Although I'm not out of ideas yet (it's only been a week since the announcement), I posted a question on Instagram Stories asking what content you would be interested in consuming and by far the most requested post was my favorite school supplies!
Currently, I am studying Applied Physics at UC Davis, so my stationery needs are very minimal, but here's what I love using nonetheless.
bullet journaling is the most integral piece of my productivity. from planning youtube videos to keeping track of the never ending list of things to study, bullet journaling is by far my favorite form of planning. my spreads tend to be incredibly minimal and simplistic, taking only a few minutes to set up every quarter.
my favorite notebooks:
leuchtturm 1917 b5 dot grid notebook
leuchtturm 1917 a5 dot grid notebook
muji a5 dot grid notebook
your girl loves a good color coding system. whether it's on google calendar or in my notes, i have a color coding system for everything. my favorite color coding supply is the zebra mildliner. i used to purchase them from jetpens; however target now has them available in an 18 pack, which i impulsively purchased, of course. they're like a less opaque version of your classic marker and come in pastel-muted colors.
practice, practice, practice
studying physics comes with a lot of studying involved. i mean a lot of studying. from practice problems to my own personal memos, i've found the best place to keep all of my notes to myself is a notebook. my favorite notebook by far is the muji b5 notebooks. although its size is a little strange by american standards, its slim profile and compact-yet-roomy page size is perfect for studying anywhere - from small coffee shop tables to secluded library desks.
muji b5 notebooks:
paper free, baby
although i'm not 100% paper free (obviously), i do carry around an ipad pro and apple pencil to take notes during lecture. ive tried every free and paid option on the market for digital note taking and my favorite app by far is goodnotes 4. i will be doing a video on how i use my ipad for school when the quarter starts for the most authentic experience possible.