At this point, it’s a cliché to bring up Internet addiction in a blog. It’s like live-tweeting the Oscars, or Instagramming the food on your plate. “Yes,” people think, “we know we’re addicted to the Internet. Thanks for pointing that out.” So we’re just going to leave it at that: the internet is addictive, and that’s a fact.
Now, as a student looking for an edge in the admissions process, how can you use this fact to your advantage? One way might be downloading applications designed to increase productivity. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Freedom Already extremely popular, Freedom blocks your internet connection for a preselected amount of time (even as much as eight hours!) before granting you “freedom” (i.e. Internet access). The only way to get back online before your time is up is restarting your computer. Best of all, author Zadie Smith uses it!
2. WriteRoom Talk about stripping the writing experience down to its bare essentials: text, screen. Thoreau would be proud! With tons of intriguing themes—who wouldn’t write genius works with this theme?—WriteRoom is a no-nonsense program that keeps your focus on your writing, and nothing else.
3. Evernote Unlike Freedom and WriteRoom, Evernote is not the digital equivalent of a prison cell. None of that rebooting garbage applies here. Rather, Evernote is an all-in-one notetaker. It lets you keep in one place all of your notes, shopping lists, essay ideas, application deadlines, articles you want to read later, etc, etc. Very helpful.
4. Wunderlist 2 Wunderlist is the ultimate all-in-one task manager. Make to-do lists, plan trips, set reminders – it’s all easy and free with this highly-regarded app. Best of all, it’ll sync with iPhone and iPad. Never forget an assignment again!