My husband’s niece was here for the weekend, toting her Mac and summer class assignments. While I’m glad I don’t have the drudgery of classrooms to worry about any longer, I was impressed at how organized she was.
All of her class assignments were stuffed into a free Mac app called iProcrastinate. Apparently, iProcrastinate is a big deal among high school and college students because it’s free, and there’s both a Mac and an iPhone/iPad version available.
The app’s name seems a bit odd, because it helps you to stop procrastinating, stay organized and focused, but that’s a minor nit in an otherwise stellar app that gets rave reviews. Essentially, iProcrastinate is a task manager, a glorified todo list manager that borders on managing projects, and while it’s very good for students who like free apps, there’s no reason it can’t be used by the great masses of Mac and iPhone users because it syncs tasks over the iCloud or Dropbox to each device.
The user interface is absolutely self explanatory. Create tasks, assign a due date, add notes, and iProcrastinate keeps track of the details.
Tasks can be set up that recur at different times and dates and weekdays. Each task can also be tagged to files, such as documents or PDFs, which makes it a good way to manage classroom projects or for business use.
One click to the Calendar view and you can see weeks in advance. Complex tasks (projects) can be broken into smaller tasks that you can work on step-by-step. I’m impressed and can’t figure out the business model. iProcrastinate is free for the Mac which makes it not only a good value, but a good way to introduce both students and adults to a more organized, productive life.