As an adult student, you’re juggling a number of tasks every day—work, family, social time, coursework—and keeping it all organized can be overwhelming.

These 10 apps can help you stay on track as you work on your degree and take care of the many other important things in your life.

 

 1. Evernote – Productivity

WHAT IT OFFERS: This all-compassing app provides a workspace for storing and organizing notes, task lists, and random ideas. Use it to manage work tasks, presentations, and school projects. Don’t have time to type? You can store a note using voice memos, photos, and more.

  • AVAILABILITY: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
  • COST: free for the basic plan, $34.99-$69.99/year for upgraded plans

 

2. Remember the Milk – Task List Manager

WHAT IT OFFERS: The ultimate task list app, Remember the Milk offers adult students an easy way to add assignments and prioritize when coursework (or anything else in your life) is due. You can even break up big tasks into smaller subtasks. Customize your task lists for work, school and home and get reminded anywhere, via email, text, IM, Twitter, or mobile apps.

  • AVAILABILITY: Apps for the web, Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android phones & tablets, BlackBerry 10, Fire
  • COMPATIBILITY: Gmail, Google Calendar, Twitter, Evernote, IFTTT, Outlook
  • COST: free with $39.99/year pro subscription option

 

3. MyLifeOrganized – Task List Manager

WHAT IT OFFERS: An app that provides task lists management with specific goals in mind, MyLifeOrganized syncs across multiple devices and can set tasks right from an email. Automatically generate a smart list of action items required to mark tasks complete or use the drag-and-drop features and calendar to organize responsibilities for your job, school, and home life.

  • Availability: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
  • Cost: Free or pro (with 45-day trial); pricing based on device ranging between $24.99 and $59.99 with a $14.99/year cloud sync option for all of your devices

 

4. Focus Booster – Time Manager

WHAT IT OFFERS: Modeled after the Pomodoro technique, Focus Booster allows you to break up your schedule into bite-sized chunks. Originally built for professionals who need to keep track of time for billing clients, this app works just as effectively for adult students who are looking for an easy way to track tasks for homework, research, or study. Dashboards for time usage and break reminders help you be more productive.

  • Availability: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
  • Cost: free for starters, $3/month for an individual plan, or $5/month for a professional plan

 

 5. Universal Password Manager – Password Manager

WHAT IT OFFERS: Handy for when you’re on-the-go and need to remember that one password to complete an assignment, Universal Password Manager is an encrypted database app that stores usernames, passwords, and even URLs in one place.

  • AVAILABILTY: Android, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
  • COST: Free

 

 6. Focus at Will – Music Subscription Service

WHAT IT OFFERS: This app boasts the ability to increase your attention span up to 400% by providing music channels scientifically optimized to increase productivity. Set your mood or music energy level and track output based on personalized sounds the app provides for you.

  • AVAILABILTY: iOS, Android
  • COST: Free 30-day trial with in-app purchase options

 

7. 30/30 – Time Manager

WHAT IT OFFERS: Completely gesture-based, this app divides tasks into 30-minute time periods with breaks in between. 30/30 provides a comprehensive dashboard for task completion time, which can help as you plan additional course schedules or assignments in the future.

  • AVAILABILTY: iOS
  • COST: Free

 

8. Freedom – Productivity

WHAT IT OFFERS: When you’re pursuing your degree online, there are bound to be countless digital diversions. That’s where Freedom comes in. This app blocks distracting apps and websites so you’re free to be your most productive. Customize which apps and websites to block—and for how long—across all your devices.

  • AVAILABILITY: Mac, Windows, iOS, with Chrome, Firefox, Opera browser extensions
  • COST: $6.99/month, $29/year or $129 forever (with 60-day money-back guarantee)

 

9. Don’t Break the Chain! – Productivity and Motivation

WHAT IT OFFERS: Use this app to break a bad habit or learn a good one. See visual progress on your daily goal to check your email for assignments, read a textbook, or check in with classmates. With Don’t Break the Chain!, cross off each day as “done” and see your ongoing progress.

  • AVAILABILITY: Android, iOS
  • COST: Free

 

10. Carbonfin Outliner – Task List Manager

WHAT IT OFFERS: Carbonfin Outliner provides a way to organize big projects into subtasks and sublists. You can use this app for anything from general daily tasks to semester-long assignment tracking or to organize all of the subtasks for your dissertation.

  • AVAILABILITY: iOS or online
  • COST: $4.99

 

Are you ready for the next step in your career? Take Capella’s time & priorities test, developed specifically for adult students to evaluate how your time is spent and if your priorities are aligned for success in your chosen degree program.

 

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