Best apps for MBA students: boost your productivity!
Completing a full-time MBA programme can be one of life’s most challenging undertakings. According to current International MBA student Bozhidar Draganov , those that succeed throughout the MBA process are those that have learnt how to successfully prioritise and work smarter, not harder, in order to fit in all of the demands.
There are many ways you as an MBA student can improve your productivity by making use of the valuable online technology and tools available. To make your life a little easier (and steal you back some precious time!), we share some of the best apps for MBA students to boost your productivity, including HiTask, Flipboard, Dropbox, Headspace and StayFocused.
5 of the best apps for MBA students
1. Daily task management for you and your team with HiTask
Many of us still rely on the old pen and paper to-do list, but there are literally hundreds of apps and task management systems out there to help you automate your recurrent tasks, allowing you to check and update tasks on the go. Find a daily online task management system that works for you; HiTask is a great (free) online task manager, featuring to-do lists and an online calendar synced to your Google calendar.
You can also see the tasks of your team members and assign projects to them with a simple drag and drop. International MBA students at EMLYON complete a 9 month part time Entrepreneurial Leadership Project, working in small teams to consult an organisation during their MBA in France. Using an online task management system helps to keep everyone in the team on track, with all previous discussions and tasks documents stored on record.
Google Docs is another great collaboration tool allowing you and your course mates to edit files together, with several people being able to edit the same document as once. There’s also a chat screen where you can keep up to date about the project you are working on when there isn’t time for a group meeting.
2. Read all of your favourite news sites in one place with Flipboard
The MBA programme already involves extensive course reading, so the last thing you’ll want to do is trawl through 20 different news websites and endless Twitter feeds to stay up to date with current affairs and industry news. The Flipboard is one of the best apps for MBA students to summarize all of your favourite news and social media feeds into one place. You can push articles to Flipboard to read later by clicking on Share. Plus you can tailor the information to your interests by clicking on the ‘Follow’ topic tags on articles to ensure highly relevant content.
If you’re looking to develop your personal and management skills such as leadership, team management, strategy, stress management, communication skills and creativity, Mind Tools is a great website packed with resources and advice which you can consume in bite-sized chunks.
3. Store your data securely and access from anywhere with Dropbox
When you’re very busy, backing up your data is rarely considered as a priority, but the threat of costly and disruptive data loss can be disastrous. Dropbox makes it easy to store your files securely in the cloud and automatically syncs updates. You can quickly and easily access your files, photos and videos on any device, at any time and even if you don’t have an internet connection, Dropbox allows you to mark files as favourites and still work on them offline.
4. Take regular study breaks with Headspace
When we’re really busy and there seems to be a million things to do, the last thing we think to do is to take a break. However taking regular breaks throughout the day is proven to boost our productivity, improve our resilience to stress and increase our energy levels. And breaks can even increase our creativity. A relaxed state of mind is absolutely critical to be creative when we have higher levels of dopamine being released to the brain. Research from Stanford University found that even the simple act of going for a walk can provide you with a much-needed burst of creative thinking. Even Steve Jobs preferred to have meetings and serious conversations while walking!
And it’s important to take breaks in the right way. Simply switching from our work task to check our personal emails or update our Facebook account won’t provide the desired effect. So step away from the computer screen, get up and move, get some fresh air or meditate for 10-15 minutes for maximum benefit. Headspace is one of the best apps for MBA students interested in 10 free 10 minute meditation sessions.
5. Avoid distractions with StayFocused
When you’re writing a thesis or you have an urgent essay to complete which involves 100% concentration, productivity experts recommend switching off your mobile phone and email alerts. There are even apps for MBA students like StayFocused that restrict the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.
This may be a little extreme for most of us, but it is worth being aware of how much time you waste on these sites – it may be more than you think!
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