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Tools to Help You to the Home Stretch

Productivity; it’s something graduate students are supposed to be good at, right? But sometimes it seems like we’re better at procrastination than being productive. With distractions like Facebook, Tumblr, or whatever you use to waste time instantly available on every computer, tablet, or smartphone, getting anything done seems almost impossible. But what if we could turn these devices of endless distraction into useful tools of getting things done on time?! Well that’s what the Dewey Library is bringing you today; a helpful list of productivity boosting and time management tools so that you can turn your Facebook machine into something useful!


Citation Managers: Zotero, EndNote, or any other citation manager will save you time, effort and energy while putting together any research based project. You know by now to always cite your sources, right? Well make it easy with a citation manager! I could go on and on about the glorious wonders of citation management software, but, wait, I already did! Take a look and join the club because it will save you time and effort that you just don’t need to spend!


Evernote: Need an easily accessible place to keep your notes and research? Evernote might just be what you’re looking for. You can make lists, store files, and even use it to make to-do lists. Even better, all of these files can be easily accessed from any of your devices! Evernote has apps for your computer, tablet, or smartphone, and can keep everything synched between them. As a bonus, any text in a file is made searchable by Evernote, so if you forget something, you’ll have an easier time finding it. You can even create shared workspaces for group projects. Best of all? It’s Mythbuster approved, so it’s probably explosion proof. Your computer most likely isn’t, though, so be careful.


Other Cloud Storage Tools: Maybe you just want to keep things simple, or maybe you just want to use something familiar. Either way, there are other tools that offer several of the same features of Evernote; namely, cloud storage capability and the ability to share documents with other people. This can save time and effort on group projects when your group doesn’t have time to meet in person. Dropbox, Microsoft One Drive, and Google Drive are all useful cloud storage tools that you can synch between multiple devices and share with friends or colleagues. They all have different features and drawbacks, so experiment and see which works best for you.


Todoist: Maybe you don’t need data management; maybe you just need help with time management.  That’s where Todoist comes in handy. This is another handy app that can synch your data across all of your devices so you’ll never be without your list. It can help you organize your tasks, color code them, create sub-projects, and even remind you when a due date is near. It can even synch with other apps and programs such as Google Drive.


There are plenty more tools out there that can help you get on track and get your work done, but ultimately it’s up to you! So don’t procrastinate, get productive! If you need more help with time management/productivity software suggestions or citation managers, stop in or contact the reference desk by email at or by phone at (518) 442-3691. We just might be able to set you on the right track.


Blog post created by Alex Hoag

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