6 free apps to help you master time management!

As 2018 begins, you’re probably full of well-intended New Year’s resolutions… many of which may fall by the wayside within a few weeks. But hey, the intention was there, right?

Well, if one of your resolutions was to get better at time management, why not cheat a little and get some help. From an app. Below we’ve listed a bunch of super helpful apps you can use to help with your time management. Plus, by being so devoted as to install and use a time management app, you’re totally adhering to that resolution, right? One tick right there.

Focus@Will

By: Dulcetta
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes, Google Play and online
Does your mind wander more than Will Byers? Reduce distractions and increase your productivity with scientifically optimised music to get you in focus faster and longer.

RescueTime

By: RescueTime Team
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play and online
Ever wonder where your day went? (Hint: memes). RescueTime is an automatic time and attention tracker that helps you identify where you spend your online time. It tracks your mobile apps and phone calls, and even more, so no more escaping the fact that you spent seven friggin’ hours on Facebook yesterday. We mean, really man?

30/30

By: Binary Hammer
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Do you struggle to get the motivation to do tasks? What if we told you that you only had to devote 30 minutes to it? Does that increase your motivation? 30/30 helps you get stuff done! You set up a list of tasks, and a length of time for each of them. When you start the timer, it will tell you when to move on to the next task. Increase your productivity in small bursts of efficiency!

Evernote

By: Evernote
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes, Google Play and online
Always forgetting what was on your mind? That really important thing you had to do? Evernote lets you create to-do lists and take notes quickly and easily.

Trello

By: Trello, Inc
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes, Google Play and online
Organise and prioritise your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way. Trello lets you create ‘boards’ to organise anything you’re working on, create checklists, share your ‘boards’ with others to collaborate, assign tasks to others, comment, add attachments, and more.  You can get your information at a glance, and dive into further details as needed.

Wunderlist

By: 6 Wunderkinder
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes, Google Play and online
Capture your ideas, things to do and places to see. Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a housemate, working on a project, or planning a vacation (I know, wishful thinking on a student budget, but we can dream, right?), Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists and collaborate with everyone in your life.


New Griffith app coming soon!

We love our smartphones, and we’re pretty certain that you do too. It has everything you need – Facebook, Google, Spotify, Email and Messages.

Well, almost everything. As a Griffith University student, you are going to need access to information such as class timetables, campus maps, PebblePad, Learning@Griffith and student email.

Enter: the Griffith app. If you’ve already used it, you know how handy it is! But, it gets better.

A new and improved Griffith App is coming in early 2018 for iOS and Android. It includes improved design and stability, enhanced navigation, and improved Single Sign-On.

It’s got (almost) everything you’ll need to put Griffith in the palm of your hand (quite literally, with your smartphone!).

Never get lost on campus again with our new campus maps, and stay connected with access to content such as myGriffith, Learning@Griffith (via the Blackboard app), email and PebblePad.

You can even customise your navigation to favourites – so if you are super prone to getting lost, we suggest you stick campus maps up the very top ;).

Stay tuned for it’s imminent release!


Happy new year!

It’s Monday 1 January. Yep, 2040 is officially closer than 1995. Scary, right?

But before we delve into the scary/exciting (your call) future of driverless cars, lab-made meat and information injections, let’s take a look at some of the achievements of the year that was.

Yep, we did some pretty cool stuff. And there’s waaaay more to come in 2018!

Stay up to date with what’s happening in the library, and connect with us on social media:

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Access our range of online resources this break!

While we may be closed over the end of year break, it certainly doesn’t mean that you have to miss out!

If you’re sitting at home, thinking ‘gee the worst part of this holiday is that I can’t visit my favourite place ever, and all the wonderful friendly staff there’ (that’s totally what you’re thinking right? Knew it. We kinda like to be modest about it, but our telepathy skills are almost as good as Karen Smith’s), don’t fret!

Griffith library has a range of online resources you can utilise from home this break!

There’s PressReader, which lets you access a range of magazines and newspapers. In fact, we can even recommend a few for you.

Then there’s our extensive range of eBooks. To search for eBooks, simply click within the library catalogue, select Books, and filter to Electronic only. Now recline in your desk chair (or lay in bed with your laptop/tablet) and read away.

If you’re feeling studious, why not check out our range of databases and keep those cogs in your brain turning.

Our library website is also full of useful information and study tips. You could even brush up on your study skills in prep for 2018 (because that’s your new year’s resolution, right? See, telepathy. Told you).

And, don’t worry, we’ll be back with our smiling faces bright and early on Tuesday 2 January 2018.


Happy holidays!

Bring on the holiday cheer! 

It’s finally that time of year! Time for a well-earned study break. Enjoy some good food, try reading a book for actual fun (yep, it’s a thing people do), watch some Netflix (A Christmas Prince anyone?) and give yourself a breather so you’re relaxed and ready for the new year.

Your favourite place in the world, the library, will be closed from the 23rd of December until the 2nd of January. But we will see you better than ever in 2018.

If you’re missing us, remember, you can always stay in touch via social media – in addition to our blogs like this one, we have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In fact, we’ve got a little Australiania-themed 12 days of Christmas coming your way on our Insta starting tomorrow, be sure to check it out!   

Have a wonderful day! Happy Holidays and safe New Year. See you in 2018.  


Library hours over the end of year break

While it may seem as if 2017 has flown by, we’re sure that for some of you the end of year break couldn’t come soon enough!

While you’re taking a well earned break from uni, us library staff will be having a short respite too.

Griffith University libraries will officially close from 5pm Friday 22 December 2017, and will re-open on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

You can access the full 2017 – 2018 summer break library hours here. And don’t forget our library’s digital resources are accessible online 24/7, 365 days of the year!

Whatever occasion you may be celebrating this holiday season (even if it is simply celebrating Australia’s tendency to celebrate heaps of public holidays), we hope you enjoy yourselves.


The winner of our Christmas tree poll is…

Only four more sleeps until a certain big day!

If you’ve been using our libraries over the past few weeks, you will have noticed some festive decorations in the foyers. Maybe you even contributed to the decorations, creating snowflakes or holiday messages?

And, if you’re a student, we figured you’re probably a little sick of being assessed. So we turned the tables, and asked you to assess us!

We ran a friendly poll last Monday to get you to vote on your favourite Griffith Library Christmas tree. And you did, and there was a clear winner.

Congratulations to Gold Coast Library. It seems extravagance won out (sorry Coco Chanel). Your Christmas tree is the favourite among Griffith staff, students and random Christmas tree enthusiasts.

To all the other campus libraries – don’t be disheartened. Your Christmas trees were jolly good and we appreciate the effort you put in to make our library spaces merry and bright.

View the final poll results in the original blog post.