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25 Organization and Productivity Apps for Students

September 17, 2015

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A new semester brings a new schedule to get used to, which means shuffling things around to fit in blogging and writing time. I was trying to stick to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday (or some combination of those days) posting schedule for OSG, but based on my courseload this semester, that doesn’t seem realistic. I’m tenatively committing to Monday-Thursday, hence the post today!

Four weeks in (!) and I’m still getting my footing on this semester. When do I have time to work? To write? To blog?

That’s where my planner comes in! I’d made a planner last semester that I thought covered everything I needed. Then I joined some planner communities and started eyeing the Erin Condren LifePlanner. Now I don’t know what I need! Finding Planner Peace is one of many steps I’m taking to be more focused and organized this semester, which is something that’s repeatedly on my semester resolutions lists.

Since I always have my phone or iPad on me, I use a lot of apps. So here are 25 organization and productivity apps that I think are super helpful for students.

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15 Health and Wellness Apps for Students

September 14, 2015

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My home internet is pretty spotty at times, which means that WordPress will eat my posts while I’m writing them if I don’t save constantly. So let this be a lesson to save every few minutes or whenever you take a break!

Earlier in the year I started collecting reference link and app masterposts for students in the hopes of making a big masterpost of apps and resources for everything from studying to writing papers to taking naps–but that got too unwieldy and I decided to break everything up for the sake of readability.

I had this series in a different order before, but since I’m getting over the flu this weekend I’m starting things off with health apps!

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School Supplies Stock-Up Price List

August 7, 2015

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When I moved into my new apartment last week, I had three laundry baskets of clothes, ten boxes of books, four storage tubs of yarn, and seven boxes of office supplies.

School supply season is my weakness, even more than day-after-Halloween candy sales. I have multiple boxes of notebooks and comp books and note pads, many of which have one or two pages written in them but are otherwise pristine. I’m working on my organization problems and hoarding tendencies, so I haven’t bought any school supplies this season yet. But I know a good bargain when I see one.

A quick glance at the studyblr community would lead you to believe that every dedicated student has the expendable income to buy Stabilo pens and Moleskines and Macbook Airs (and the time to study 16 hours a day). Greek life Pinterest boards are full of college “essentials” lists that include Kate Spade planners and dry erase calendars and white noise machines.

Few students–especially adult orphans–can afford such extravagances. And really, do you actually need that stuff to study?

In this post, I’ll go over how I spend less than $30 on school supplies each year and still manage to create a school supplies hoard in my office.

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Getting Started With Side Hustles

July 8, 2015

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For the last few years I’ve had a pretty soul-crushing call center job. From stalkers to quid pro quo sexual harassment to fighting over unequal pay, I have dealt with more than my fair share of drama at work. This job is one of the main reasons I have crazy meds.

At the same time, I’ve been busting ass on my side hustles in the hopes of one day working for myself, at home, full-time. The big one is writing erotica for Amazon, which is starting to peter out after the Kindle Unlimited pay structure debacle.

Tomorrow I’m leaving cubicle farm life to be 100% self-employed.

It’s a great feeling.

I’ll probably pick up a decent (read: paying) internship or two in the upcoming school year, now that I have the schedule availability. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the life of a freelancer: working the jobs I want to work, when I want to work, and working for myself.

I recently did a crash course on finding work-at-home side hustles on my Tumblr, but I’ve had a lot more people express interest in working from home upon finding out that I do it full-time. So this post will be all about finding jobs, creating a work schedule, and being your own awesome boss.

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