Like many college students, I struggle with time management. I feel as though there are a million things on my plate at any given time, and remembering every single task, meeting, assignment and event seems to be a Sisyphean ordeal.
I tried writing down things in a planner, but I’d often forget to bring it with me. I tried updating my calendar with events, but I’d forget simple tasks and assignments quickly since they weren’t tethered to a singular date.
Then, about three weeks ago, something changed. I downloaded the app “Any.Do,” whose minimalistic website simply stated, “Get things done.” Boom. Sign me up.
I was hesitant at first. Usually I would try to-do list apps from time to time, and the result would always be the same. I’d forget to keep using it and eventually I’d move the app to the graveyard of my phone, where it would remain untouched for months on end – a constant reminder of how I dropped the ball.
Things were different with Any.Do. The clean, minimalistic design made me actually want to plan out my to-do list instead of making it a chore.
After the first week, I found that I hadn’t stopped using the app. The “Any.Do Moment” function reminds you at a set time each day to reevaluate your to-do list and make sure you’re focused on the tasks that are actually important. If something pops up, you have the option to “snooze” the task for a few hours, a few days or even assign a specific date to revisit the task.
On the second week, I downloaded the companion app to Any.Do – “Cal.” This app, as clean as the original, combines your calendar with your to-do list to create a holistic and organic outlook of your entire day. Have you assigned a specific time to work on an assignment? Cal will show you where that task fits into your day so that you aren’t sitting around at 11 p.m. going, “What the heck am I supposed to do for tomorrow?” – something I’ve experienced far too often as a busy college student.
By the third week, I was an Any.Do addict. I started keeping the desktop version of the app up on my computer screen constantly. I started checking Cal every morning, and completed an “Any.Do Moment” every day at 9 a.m.
I was getting things done. But more than that, I found that I was less stressed out. I knew exactly what I needed to do, and when each of those things needed to get done. If you’re like I was a month ago and are stressing about when to get things done, I, Michael Haas, highly suggest you give Any.Do a try. It may just be the solution your overworked mind needs.