Productivity apps: 5 Apps for every college student

If you're a smartphone user, then there are productivity apps that can help you manage all your commitments.

Surviving college with a social life comes down to one thing: time management. If you’re a smartphone user, then there are productivity apps that can help you manage all your commitments and help you juggle the academic and the social aspects of your life. Here are our five favorites:

1. Clear ($1.99)

This app is essentially a to-do list on your phone and is a cult favorite for its simple system and aesthetically pleasing appearance. You can swipe to cross an item off, shake your phone to email the list to yourself, and make multiple lists to stay extra organized. Think of it this way: You can organize your school work, run your errands, and plan a party with this one app.

2. Evernote (Free)

Evernote is an app that syncs all your to-do lists, reminders, notes, and clippings from all your devices. This is, without a doubt, one of the more popular productivity apps as it saves your entire life with one application.

3. Mailbox (Free)

If you procrastinate checking your mail, then this app is for you! It labels all your unread emails so you can navigate through the mounting emails quickly and effortlessly. An added benefit: You can swipe a message to trash it or put it in an archive. What better way to keep track of your personal email and your college email?

4. CloudOn (Free)

Do you need to use Microsoft Office on your smartphone or tablet? CloudOn allows you to use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to not only read documents, but create them as well on your iPhone, iPad, or Droid. You can also sync this app with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive. What’s more, you can email them directly from your phone. This means you can literally work on a school assignment or paper from your phone while you’re waiting for an appointment or on the bus to class.

5. Checkmark ($4.99)

Making a to-do list is good, but executing it in time is the difficult part. That’s where productivity apps like Checkmark step in. This app puts reminders on each task and alerts you whenever you schedule it to. You can even place a repeat notification or snooze reminders to procrastinate a little more. This is especially helpful for college students since you can get reminders right before an online assignment is due or if you simply need to remind yourself to study for a quiz or to finish a lab assignment.