Confession: I’m an over-committer. It’s not even that people are asking me to do things for them, and I’m just too much of a “yes-man” to say no. I’m amazing at saying no, so that’s clearly not the issue. Actually, I just love the feeling of getting involved in something that interests me and then putting every ounce of my passion into it that I wonder how I’m still a semi-functioning human.
Symptoms of being an over-committer include:
-Questioning all of life’s decisions
-Staying up late at night thinking about what you have to do the next day
-A very messy looking calendar
-Several checklists tacked up on your wall with red yarn connecting them all like a serial killer would do
With the help of some great apps on my phone, however, I’ve finally managed to get all my ish together and organize myself. Some of these apps also help me squeeze a little more “me-time” in my day. After downloading these, I’ve been able to be the ultimate hustling boss lady that I’ve always wanted to be.
For the over-committer with plans every minute of every day, try Calendar Op.2
Costs: Free, or $2.99 for no ads
At first glance, this app doesn’t look any different from the heinous iOS calendar app that comes with every iPhone. However, I’ve found that it so much cleaner and effective than Apple’s calendar. The calendar screen on this app is a lot more colorful and vibrant, while also maintaining that sleek feel. You can color coordinate your events to denote whether the entry is pertaining to family, work, home, etc.
Unlike the Apple calendar, whenever you have an event that spans multiple days (like a vacation), a line runs through every day that the event is scheduled. It’s a simple difference, but I find it a lot more visually organized. The name of the events also pop up right when you open the app—no more having to click that grey little dot to see what’s going on. It does also sync up with your Apple calendar app, meaning you can view what’s going on in your life across several of your devices.
For the over-committer who needs help scheduling a couple of minutes of “me time” into their day, try Headspace
Costs: Free to download, but need to buy a subscription
I really thought meditation was a bunch of crap that yoga moms in Fabletics were trying to sell me before I tried it out for myself. Meditation actually works, especially for someone like me who suffers from generalized anxiety disorder. Among all the meetings, classes, and writing going on in my life, it’s nice to take about 15 minutes out of my day to just spend with myself. Headspace will let you download it for free and try out its meditations with a ten-day basics course. After that, however, you’ll have to pay for some kind of subscription. Good news, though: there’s a $9.99 a year subscription rate for students.
When you unlock the entire Headspace library, you get access to dozens upon dozens of guided meditations, as well as their section of sleep-related meditations and sound wind-downs, and a new “meditation of the day” that’s updated every 24 hours. There’s also a really nice British man that talks to you in every meditation. The meditations range in time from five to twenty minutes (sometimes even more) so even the busiest of over-committers can do some meditating in their life.
For the over-committer who forgets self-care amidst all of their work, try Pacifica
Costs: Some aspects are free, but others can only be unlocked under subscription
This is another mindfulness/meditation app I use. However, I don’t really use its meditation features, because most of them are only available under subscription, and Pacifica doesn’t currently offer a student discount. However, I do use the soundscape feature when I’m doing some yoga. I throw on a timed, ten-minute burst of scenery sounds while I’m doing my yoga routine, and it keeps me focused on what I’m doing, but also relaxes me.
That being said, I actually use this app just for one of its basic features: a habit tracker. Under the free version of the app, it helps you track three of your habits you want to accomplish throughout the day. For example, I track how many hours I’ve slept, how much water I drink in a day, and for how long I’ve done something that’s not work-or-school-related. You can set goals for yourself, and at the end of the week, the app will send you an overview of how you did. This really helps to keep me on track with making sure I’m keeping up my mental health along with the 72 projects I’m working on.
For the over-committer who needs to create and distribute quality content on-the-go, try Canva
Costs: Blissfully free, no strings attached… unless you’re extra and want to upgrade to their business package
God bless Canva. This app has helped me look hella professional in my everyday life. On this app, you can create and order prints of business cards, resumes, flyers, newsletters…you name it, they got it. You can also create downloadable content for platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Canva is great for anyone involved in the marketing side of an organization on campus as well. I’ve made tons of event posters and social media posts to promote clubs. They have an incredible online library of templates, pictures, art, and backgrounds.
I will say, the mobile app is pretty clunky. I would recommend creating Canva content on either your laptop or on a tablet. Since you have to create an account to start making content, you can sign in from any device and print your pretty creations anywhere. It’s great to be able to do some quick edits to my stuff on my phone, or to email people my resume right from the app on my phone, without having to open up my laptop.
For the over-committer who loses their creative spark in the chaos of life, try Brainsparker
Costs: Free, but you have the ability to purchase expansion packs that cost $0.99 each
A teacher once told me there’s “dramatic content” happening every moment of our lives, but sometimes you’re so busy with what’s going on in your life that you miss it. When I sit down to write and am straight outta ideas, I open Brainsparker, which is an app of creative writing prompts. The prompts range from quotes to single words, to concepts to get you started on whatever it is you’re trying to write.
The usefulness of this app goes beyond just creative writers, though. I can easily see this being a great way to find inspiration if you’re trying to write a song, an essay, or looking to find something to draw/paint. There are something like 200 cards in the original free pack, and then you can buy expansion packs later on that have specific themes, like journaling, photos, and segments of dialogue.