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Wunderlist: Your Ultimate To-Do List

As I’ve talked about a long while ago in a previous post, being organized is incredibly important for success in the classroom, in the workplace, and just in life in general. However, for many of us (myself especially), it can be really challenging.

But recently, I’ve found myself being a a lot more organized thanks to a fantastic app called Wunderlist. Wunderlist is a to-do list application, though it is very much unlike anything that I’ve seen before. The long and short: It will help turn your to-do lists into DONE lists.
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What makes it so special? Wunderlist, of course, allows you to type in tasks to help you keep track of all the stuff that you need to do, like any other to-do list app. But, aside from being incredibly versatile (there’s a mobile app available on kindle fire, apple, android, and, amazingly, windows phones; a desktop app on mac, windows, and chromebook; plugins for chrome, safari, and firefox; and, finally, it is accessible on wunderlist.com), it also allows you to do some pretty unique things that other to-do list apps can’t. For example, you can:

  • unnamed-4Set separate due dates and reminders – if you’re anything like me, you need a heads up a few days in advance before something needs to be done. Wunderlist allows you to set reminders that are separate from the due dates for individual tasks, allowing you to receive notifications well in advance of task due dates. You can also set repeating due dates and reminders for weekly or monthly tasks.
  • Create sub-tasks – every have a project on your to-do list that is actually 10 different steps? Wunderlist let’s you input those specific steps as subtasks to be checked off individually as they’re completed. This will help you make sure that, by the end of your big project, you haven’t missed a thing!
  • Collaborate with others – many features of Wunderlist make it the perfect app for group work: you can share lists with friends/group mates, assign specific tasks to individual list members, and even post comments on tasks which are sent to other group members as a message. Wunderlist also provides users with a certain amount of cloud storage space, which you can use to upload files onto specific tasks.
  • unnamed-2Organize your organizer –Wunderlist also allows you to organize your list however you want using a number of tools; first, you can use categories to group similar lists together. Second, you can use tags in task titles to organize tasks across all your lists and list categories. Finally, Wunderlist has a number of organizing tools built-in, which will organize tasks across all your lists by date (daily, weekly, monthly) and priority (you can *Star high-priority tasks).

There are tons more features that make this app awesome, so I encourage you to check it out for yourself. The best part: IT’S COMPLETELY FREE! And, as a student, there’s not much better than that.

Give it a try! Until next time,

~ Christopher Ford

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This app is one of many awesome apps that can do a lot to make life as a student easier – stay tuned for more posts in the future about great apps for students that you can download before the start of the FW 2015-16 term!

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All About My Germany Trip (Part One)

Hello All!

I have been planning on writing this blog post for a looooong time, and I am so glad that I finally have the opportunity to share with you all about about my trip during reading week!

As I mentioned before in one of my previous blog posts, I went to Germany in February over reading week. I had the amazing opportunity of visiting München (Munich), located in the state of Bavaria in the south of Germany, and Berlin, Germany’s capital.

But I didn’t just visit. I explored. My partner-in-crime Noula and I promised each other that we would attempt to see everything that these cities had to offer – and although this was an extremely tough promise to keep (since we only had a total of seven days to do so), we truly made good on that promise.

So without further ado, let me begin telling you all about the trip, from the moment we stepped into Pearson airport until we touched back down again just over a week later. I’ll try to cover the trip in four parts – however I may need more than that (it was a pretty amazing trip). Continue reading

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How To Save When Travelling With GO Transit

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Are you a York student who is commuting to school via GO Transit?

Well, I am. Coming from Markham, GO Transit is one of the many methods I can use to get to school every day, and I love it because (a) it’s fast, (b) it’s reliable, and (c) it’s super comfortable!

GO fares, however, are more expensive than fares for some of the other transit options, like Viva, YRT, TTC, or Züm.

But not to worry – just because you are getting to York via GO does not mean you will break the bank every time you go to class! There are a number of ways to save money while still enjoying the many benefits of travelling via GO (and if you’re like me, you love saving a few bucks wherever possible)! 

If you’re looking to save, get a PRESTO Card. What is a PRESTO Card, you might be asking? To quote the GO Transit website,

“PRESTO is an electronic, reloadable fare card the makes commuting convenient. PRESTO makes it easy to pay your fare while travelling within and between transit systems by the simple tap of a card. The system calculates the fare of your trip and deducts it from the balance stored on your card – all in less than a second.”

Why should you use PRESTO?

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But how do you save using a PRESTO Card?

Simply, use it! Passengers travelling via GO automatically receive discounts just by using the PRESTO Card to pay their fare. Here is how much you can save off the adult fare as a result of the PRESTO’s built-in loyalty program:

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Still seems like a lot? I’ll let you in on a little secret – as a York University Student, you can save even more! If you apply for a GO Transit Student Identification Card and register your student status on your PRESTO Card, you can save a lot more! Here is how much you can save off the adult fare as a result of the PRESTO’s built-in Student loyalty program:

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Here is where you can apply for your GO Transit Student Identification Card – If you bring your PRESTO Card and your GO Transit Student Identification Card to Ink Blotz in York Lanes, a representative there can change your PRESTO Card to a student PRESTO Card. 

The best part is that you can use your PRESTO Card is not just for use on GO Transit! You can use it to connect with various other transit options, such as VIVA, YRT, Züm, and even some TTC Subways – many even offer similar discounts for using the PRESTO Card!

Still not sure whether you should travel with GO Transit? There are lots of other reasons, aside from the savings through having a PRESTO Card! Check back tomorrow for my “Reasons Why You Should Travel With GO Transit” Article!

~ Chris

Me, Workin' at the Booth!

Me, Workin’ at the Booth!

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