Best Organisational Apps for your Smart Phone
Updated on October 31st, 2013
I’ll be the first to admit that for me, organisation is a struggle. It’s not because of laziness but purely a total lack of time.
I study marketing full time, work part time at a coffee shop and also intern at Bluewire. Add on assignments and some resemblance of a social life and there’s not much time left, so I need to be organised. Luckily for me (and most of the modern world) I own a smart phone. Believe it or not, my IPhone is not just for Instagram, Facebook and listening to music- it’s also my secret organisational weapon.
I’ve compiled a list of some of the apps that help getting me through the day. Combine these with a lot of coffee and you have my secret for success.
Any.Do is a simple, easily synchronised to-do list app. Any.Do’s most innovative and clever feature is its ability to give geolocation reminders- or reminders when you arrive at a certain location. Eg. You write a grocery list and completely forget- once you arrive at the supermarket Any.Do will alert you to your grocery list. Have to remember to tell someone about a project at work? Same deal. You can view your goals and to-do’s either by category eg. Personal, work, study etc, or by the date their due. The app is free and available on both Android and Apple devices.
Pocket lets you save articles, web pages and videos for later. You have two options to view your links later, the first is a bookmarklet that you can install in the web browser on your phone, or you can email it to your Pocket account. When you’re ready to view the article later just launch the app on your iPhone , Mac or iPad (the app syncs all of your devices together so you can read it on any Apple device) and you will have all the articles queued and ready to read.
You can choose to view your articles in either a list or a grid, and is easy to navigate with thumbnail pictures and colour. You can also choose to read the article at its original source if you’re online- or you can read a stripped down version of the text if you’re offline- great for commutes home on your IPad or IPhone when you don’t have access to WiFi. You can also share articles from the app with the ‘Send to Friend’ feature. Pocket is free but is only currently available on Apple devices.
MindNode is a brainstorming app, designed to help you map out projects and ideas on the go. The app automatically reorganising complicated mindmaps, gives you the ability to differentiate important nodes with different fonts and colours and allows you to drag and drop nodes to rearrange them. When accessing the app on your Mac you can add in word documents and images to support your mindmap. The app also allows you to share and access your mindmaps through iCloud, Dropbox and WiFi as well as allowing you to save it as a PDF or a camera image. The app is $9.99 and is only available on Apple products.
Mailbox’s main focus is to get your Gmail inbox to zero- if this isn’t something you’re interested in, you don’t need help with organisation. The app helps you sort through your mailbox by labelling your unread emails. The app lets you save less important e-mails into categories like tomorrow, next week or even ‘someday’. Mailbox also allows you to quickly swipe e-mails into archive or trash. It’s free but is currently only available on Apple but there is an Android version in the works
Dropbox is a must for anyone who is constantly losing their USB (me). DropBox is a substitute for backing up your work onto an USB or external hard drive as it creates a virtual folder on your computer that is synchronised with the app and automatically uploaded online to your DropBox account. This means wherever you are, regardless of the device, you will have access to all your files provided you are connected to the internet. You can move, delete and upload files directly from the app, and DropBox also gives you the ability to open them in another application for editing, eg. Microsoft Word. DropBox is free and is available on both Android and Apple devices.
Are there any apps that you use and love? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.