The internet is full of websites designed to meet your every need, from political gossip to cat memes. However, when it’s time to get down to business it can be difficult to find reliable tools to help you get the job done. This series presents a collection of websites that offer distinct, well-developed resources to increase your productivity.

Part IV: Organization and Environment Tools

A major part of being productive is simply knowing what you need to do, when you can do it and how to get it done. To finish up this series, here are a few tools to perfect your study environment and organization skills.


MyStudyLife is a web app that allows you to manage your class schedule, reach out to your classmates and take notes. If you’re looking for a straightforward, central place to put your schoolwork, give MyStudyLife a try.


Wunderlist is a list-lover’s dream. Use your browser, a smartphone app or the downloadable program to create and manage lists. Wunderlist allows you to set deadlines, create sublists or notes within list items and star important items. You can also email tasks to your lists and share lists with others.

Google Calendar

If you’re still using a paper planner (or no calendar at all), it might be time to enter the digital age. Google Calendar is a free online calendar tool that has all of the bells and whistles of modern digital scheduling tools, including color-coded, recurring and shared events. You can also set Google Calendar to send you text reminders of upcoming events. Best of all, it can be integrated into any calendar platform, from Outlook to Cozi to your smartphone of choice.


SimplyNoise is the ultimate generic background noise generator. Choose from white noise (all frequencies), pink noise (a blend of high and low frequencies) and brown noise (low frequencies). Adjust the volume and turn on oscillation or the sleep timer (if you so desire) and you’re good to go.

Rainy Mood

If you’d rather listen to something more natural, consider Rainy Mood. Rainy Mood has no settings; just click on the link and get to work!

Miss the Other Installments?

Check out Part I (Homework & Research Tools), Part II (Information Retention) and Part III (Group Study Tools).