I get it: between taking Organic Chemistry, juggling all your extracurriculars, and still trying to have a social life, it can get hard for premeds to keep everything together. I have some suggestions for apps to help you stay organized and well. Even better, there’s an app that recently launched that has everything a premed could possibly need (#2). These apps will help you do everything from being productive to meditating to drinking water—who knew your phone could actually be so helpful?
Evernote. In college (especially as a premed student) you will take ample amounts of notes. No matter if you take notes on your computer or on paper, Evernote will be your saving grace. If you prefer to take handwritten notes, you can easily scan your notes into Evernote. A huge bonus of takings notes on a computer within Evernote is being able to search all of your notes. No longer will you have to sift through your endless amounts of paper on your desk looking for a single piece of information.
The PreMed App by Motivate MD. Within the last month Motivate MD has relaunched the first ever all encompassing app specifically for premeds. The app includes everything from Focus which is a one of a kind study tool that utilizes the pomodoro technique, creating and tracking every goal that you’ll need to set as a premed student, ample amounts of objective information, and much more cool stuff. Create your free account here.
Insight Timer. Meditation can be a powerful way to ground yourself and improve your mental health during periods of stress. I understand, though, that traditional meditation isn’t for everyone. Personally, meditation doesn’t always work for me, but I like using the Insight Timer when I want to be mindful or listen to a guided meditation, because I always can find something that suits my needs. Insight Timer has a timer that you can set up to your own liking, if you want to meditate by yourself. Plus, it has thousands of guided meditations and courses that you can search for, covering a wide variety of subjects such as sleep, stress, regaining energy, etc.
Forest. Do you find yourself constantly checking your phone for messages when you’re supposed to be working? The Forest app can help you stop reaching for your phone and refreshing Instagram. The main gist of the app is that you keep it open to grow a forest, and your plants will wilt if you close the app to look at something else. You can even collaboratively grow forests with your friends and compete with each other. If you live somewhere where you can’t see a lot of real green plants, at least this app will help you care for a digital forest while being productive.
Plant Nanny. I saw so many of friends using this app in class, and I was immediately hooked because it seemed really fun and cute. I have jumped onto the bandwagon and also use the Plant Nanny app, which helps you to improve your water-drinking habits. You grow an adorable plant, and get to water the plant every time you drink water during the day. I’ve always had trouble with staying hydrated, but this app has helped so much with my habits and is simultaneously very entertaining.
Coffitivity. I’ll be the first to admit that I have a bit of a coffee and tea addiction. I also love studying in coffee shops; I feel like there’s just enough background noise and activity that I don’t zone out and fall asleep, as is prone to happen when I’m in a room by myself. Try Coffitivity, which will provide the soothing background ambience of a coffee shop while you work. Maybe like me, you want to stay calm and focused with that pleasant ambiance, while avoiding spending yet more money on coffee.