5 invaluable free productivity apps for college

A few years ago I wrote about useful apps for high school — but now college is here, and it brings a whole new set of demands. Since I arrived at Harvard, I’ve had to do more, and my apps have had to do more too.

These new apps need to run on all platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS), sync seamlessly between them, and help me keep my data organized. They have to be versatile, robust, and easy-to-use. And they have to be free.

With that in mind, here are the five apps that I’ve relied on most at Harvard and that I recommend to anyone in college or anywhere else in life. They’re ranked in order of usefulness.

Evernote, Wunderlist, Mailbox, Sunrise, Pocket
5 free, essential apps for college: Evernote, Wunderlist, Mailbox, Sunrise, and Pocket.

Get stuff done with the Pomodoro technique

This will be your best friend after you read this article.

I know a lot of people don’t particularly enjoy this thing called work. And of those, most of them tend to get distracted when they’re supposed to be doing this, what do you call it, work.

Fortunately, unproductive people like you did something surprisingly productive: they made a little technique to help you be more productive.