The best productivity and time management apps for students

In this modern world we all have got a list of endless tasks which we should be doing –the more we do the more there is for us to do. And we cannot just work endlessly without any certified goal or any specific time-table or routine. The traditional method of note-taking or creating “to-do-lists” was on paper. But this method depended largely on a person’s memory of retrieving things. So as an update and upgrade, apps can be used. Taking into consideration the amount of work load students get, these apps can really boost their productivity to another level.

So, considering all these things here are some of the best productivity and time management apps which you can use to build your own time management system which will ultimately increase your output tenfold.


It can be regarded as the best note-taking app because it contains note-making, database uploading and is an overall content management system. With its self-customized note taking system, students can copy and paste articles that they have to read, upload images or pdfs, and create their own to-do-lists and loads of other stuff. It has lots of other features suiting the users’ interest in every way possible, like it can delight the user by letting them use templates, allowing them to use pictures as cover to each of their pages. The main advantage is that if a user wants to create their note taking app very personalized without following any specific set of rules then notion can be of great use.


If a person wants to use a very structured app without spending much of their time deciding how to organize and create stuff then Evernote can be really helpful in that case. It is another note-taking app where the user can store information about anything and everything. This app has a very library kind of structure where every note is within a notebook and every notebook is within a stack and so on. So if you are a very organized kind of a person then Evernote will be a boon for you, as you can create to-do-lists and check the ones you have already completed, you can also create notes of your own or you can copy them from anywhere.

Calendar app:

It is perhaps the most under-rated app among the other time management apps. This is obviously an in-built app which is generally present on any mobile phone. It is probably the best free tracking app as you can write all your schedules into it. It has reminders and can be used pretty easily. It is basically like a spreadsheet or simply a time sheet. Also, there are certain other calendar apps which you can download and then use like Google Calendar, Simple Calendar and many more.


This is mainly a time tracker app where you can create a list of things you have to do through the day or the week. It can be divided into several modules among which you can create lists of tasks to be completed. It has a very user-friendly interface which can be easily managed and understood. One of its other great features is that, it can even work offline which can come in handy when you do not have a stable internet connection. It has a paid version which is $4 per month (only available for iOS/Android) or $36 per year, but you can do well without it. It is available over most devices.


It is basically a pomodoro timer with a motive to keep you working and not let you get distracted and start scrolling your phone. So this works on the idea that you work for say, 25 minutes and then you can have a short break for 5 minutes and this will go on for four times and then you will be given a long half an hour break. It works very simply as you can set a timer and then it will show a seed developing into a plant and if during this time you open your phone for any other activity then the plant will die. It kind of gives you a great working space and is a great time management tool. This time tracking app helps in building studying habits and it never lets any kind of distraction take the better of you. 


It is a project task management app which is built on the value of less work and more productivity, which is basically what students crave for. It has a basecamp like arena and experience where you can centrally share your online task manager, schedules, calendar applications, chats and other stuff with your team. It is widely used by project heads and can easily be used by university going students to complete projects and assignments. It is actually a paid app with the price of $99 per month but it offers a 30-day free trial.


This is another one of the best team management apps which was created in 2008 by an ex-Facebook employee. This is basically a task management app which can be used for managing teams as well. Also, it is for someone who does not like having too many options on their table, because it is very easy and simple to use. All in all, it can be said that Asana helps you share task lists with your team. It is free for teams with up to 15 members. And if the number increases then you can choose plans that range from $10.99 per month.  


Another one on the list of team management tools is Trello, and it is super user-friendly especially because of its Kanban abilities. This app gives its users a writing experience that is equivalent to writing on a white-board. It also has some other great features like power up and others. It basically creates a project management task list which includes to-do card and then the progress card and ultimately the done card. This creates a very systematic work environment. It is also free of cost but not for business class for whom it is available at a price of $12.50 per month.

So, these are some of the apps which I think are the best to boost your productivity and will ultimately help in you in reaching towards your goal.  


Frequently Asked Questions

No, you cannot write on these apps but you can surely upload pictures of your handwritten notes. But if you want to write then you can use the app Notability for that purpose.