Reason 1: You Can Time-Block Your Tasks
Shovel is a unique study planner that lets you plan WHAT task you will work on, WHEN, and for HOW LONG – also known as timeboxing.
It is how Bill Gates and Elon Musk organize their day and a productivity expert Cal Newport goes as far as to say that:
A 40 hour time-blocked work week, I estimate, produces the same amount of output as a 60+ hour work week pursued without structure.
The Difference Between Scheduling and Timeboxing
Scheduling means populating your calendar with events you cannot change. (Classes and activities).
Timeboxing means adding specific tasks into the “free” times on your calendar.
The Benefit of Timeboxing your Tasks
— It increases your productivity: When you have a plan you know what to focus on. This makes you more productive because you’re not constantly wondering what you should be working on.
— It decreases your stress levels: If a task is taking up time on your calendar, you know you’ll be able to get it done on time. No more stressing about your ability to complete your tasks on time.
What’s Wrong With the Tools You’re Using Now?
One — They don’t let you manage your schedule and tasks in one place.
Two — They don’t let you timebox your tasks.
In our humble opinion, you should be able to manage your tasks and your schedule in one place and you should be able to merge your tasks with your calendar.
Calendar Apps Aren’t Built for Timeboxing
Calendars are great! But neither Google calendar nor Apple calendar was built for students. They were designed for executives to attend business meetings and for parents to remember to pick up their kids at soccer practice. They were not built for students who have an ever-changing schedule and hundreds of tasks scattered across multiple classes.
To-Do Lists are Wish-Lists
To-do lists are great if you need to quickly jot down what you need to do! But when it comes to actually getting things done, you need to put your To-Do’s into your calendar, otherwise, they may stay on your to-do list forever.
Paper Planners Waste Trees and Your Time
You have hundreds of tasks due each semester and an ever-changing schedule. A paper planner is simply not enough to keep up with you.
Shovel Combines All Your Favorite Tools into One
All the tools mentioned above are amazing, but they are limited to the single purpose they were built for.
Shovel is different. It is a calendar, a to-do list, a planner, and a time calculator ALL IN ONE!
Build Your Ideal Schedule
Shovel has a powerful and flexible calendar for creating your classes, activities, meals, and Me Time. Creating these events will block off the time you cannot use for studying and will serve as the scaffolding of your weekly schedule.
Organize Your Tasks in One Place
You need a central place for everything you need to do. Syllabi are complicated and each class has different demands. In Shovel, you will have all your tasks from all your classes organized in one place, and most importantly, you will know how long each task will take.
Plan When You’ll Get Each Task Done — Timebox
This is what the other tools are missing, which is why you are constantly stressed.
In Shovel, you have all your tasks organized right next to your calendar, and you can plan exactly what task you will work on, when, and for how long.
You can plan each task into multiple study times, and if you don’t work on a task when you planned to, Shovel will remind you to replan.
By timeboxing in Shovel, you:
- Mentally commit to getting a task done at a specific time
- Know you’ll have enough time to get it done
- Eliminate procrastination and anxiety
So grab your Shovel and dig into that pile of homework.
Reason 2: Know That You’ll Meet Every Deadline! What? 🤯
That’s right! Shovel compares your available study time between each task’s start date and deadline with the time you need to complete that task. It does this calculation in real-time.
You’ll literally know at the beginning of the semester whether you’ll have enough time to get each task done or if you’ll need to change your schedule, wayyy before you run into trouble.
Watch this video to see how it works: