The six best time management apps for students

Track your time and maximize your productivity!

Time management is a crucial skill for any student, and it only becomes more important in university.

Time management isn’t just about staying on top of your studies – it’s also about making sure you leave time to take care of yourself and your mental health, and have fun, too! If carrying around an agenda isn’t your thing, here are some useful time management apps to consider instead.

Track it so you can crack it

The best way to improve your time management is to examine your current habits. Rescue Time can help you with that!

Rescue Time

Rescue Time is an app that runs in the background of your computer or phone and tracks your time spent on apps and websites. It creates a report to show you where you’re spending the majority of your time, and just how much time you are actually spending on a screen. Once you know how you’re spending your time, you can start to make changes and crack your bad habits!

Using Rescue Time was a huge eye-opener for me. I had no idea just how much time I’d been spending on things that really weren’t worth it. Reviewing the weekly reports helps to keep me on track, and motivates me to make positive changes to my habits.

The Rescue Time icon shows a set of clock hands within a first aid symbol.

 

Don’t mess around, write it down

Writing things down is a great way to remember everything you need to do. Wunderlist, Remember the Milk, and Evernote are all great note-taking apps that can help you keep all your thoughts in one place.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist helps you plan for anything and everything. Create to-do lists, grocery lists, and more! You can set reminders and even share your lists with others, making it a perfect app when you need to collaborate – like on school projects, for example. 

The Wunderlist icon shows a white star on a red pennant.

Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk acts as your personal reminder. Write down everything and be reminded no matter where you are or what device you’re on. This app also has a sharing feature so you can collaborate on lists or even send someone else a to-do item!The Remember the Milk icon shows a drawing of a cow's face on a blue background.

Evernote

Evernote is an app that organized your work, school, and personal life. It has over ten template categories ranging from project management to travel. It’s perfect for day-to-day use or planning for large projects or events.

The Evernote icon shows a green outline of an elephant on a white background.

 

I’m more of a pen and paper person when it comes to making notes, but many of my friends really find Evernote helpful.

Follow through on what you set out to do

It’s one thing to make a plan, but it’s another to actually put it into action. Brain Focus Productivity Timer helps keep you accountable.

Brain Focus Productivity Timer

Brain Focus Productivity Timer is a timer that allocates a set amount of time for studying, and a set amount of time for a break. If you’re like me and get distracted easily when you’re studying, this app can really help! I find it helps me stay focused and get my work done. Sometimes, I even use the app to stay on task when I have a lot of cleaning or laundry to do that I’m not feeling particularly motivated to complete.

The Brain Focus Productivity Timer icon shows a white outline of a head in front of a red circle.

 

Keep track so you can sit back

Portal

Once you get to campus, Portal will help you keep track of everything Waterloo related! Portal includes information on important dates, exam schedules, and more.

Portal is great because anytime you need Waterloo information, you can find it in one place. I really like that it keeps track of my classes. It’s especially helpful when a new term starts and I’m not familiar with my schedule yet.

The Portal icon is an outline of a circle in Waterloo's signature gold colours, set against a black background.

 

Hopefully one (or more) of these apps work for you and help you manage your time better! If you’re interested in improving your time management even more, read our top time management tips for students.