Many android apps is available to help us organize our life, so why not use it properly? I actually had been using Google Calendar and Any.DO, but I never used it seriously. Now that I tried to organize my life with the helps of mobile apps, I feel less anxious, and much much better than before. These apps has been helping me a LOT. Let me share my 10 favorite apps that I use to organize and keeping track of my daily life.
Main Purpose: Scheduling
Google Calendar is probably the most basic calendar app that comes with the Android OS. Have been trying the other calendar apps like SolCalendar or Any.DO Cal, but I’m still very comfortable using Google Calendar. I use it simultaneously with the web app. The only problems that I encounter is, editing color to events and advanced recurring events editing is only possible through the web app. Hope they will add this features soon.
Updates Updated the new version and fixed. Adding colors and editing recurring events is now possible with the mobile version.
Main Purpose: Daily Small Task & Deliverables
Price: $ 1.86
I was an Astrid user, until Yahoo! shuts it down. (Astrid was and still my favorite until now, too bad it’s gone now) So I have to find alternative, I moved to Any.DO, I loved the simplicity and its clean interface, but I was kinda confused by the option of dates (Today, Tomorrow, Upcoming, Someday). Then at the end of 2013, since its first launch, I fell in love with PRIOR’s beautiful interface. Completed with a nice and functional widget, PRIOR has been the perfect companion to remind me of my daily task & deliverable. I usually use PRIOR for my personal deliverable that I think is not necessary to be listed in my Google Calendar or Google Task like: Printing Modules or Posters, Doing Assignment, Send Emails, Picking Up Things/Package.
Main Purpose: Show & Reminding Deadlines
Price: Free (With Ads) | $ 1.06 (Full Version)
While I use PRIOR for my daily small task & deliverable. Task’s widget comes handy in terms of reminding my upcoming deadlines. It is not developed by Google, but it is synced with Google Task, so I can always review it from my Google Calendar Web App. Since it does not have a categorizing ability, to help me categorize, I will add 2 digit of personally assigned code (Eg: AC for Academic and University related, FL for Freelance work, CM for Community, etc.) to inform me which each deadline belongs to.
Main Purpose: Keep Track of Financial Condition
Price: Free (With Ads & Limited Features) | $ 4.99 (Full Version)
Actually I was an EZ Money Manager user, but since Money Lover updated its UI, I switched to Money Lover ever since. Money Lover allows you to manage multiple account (cash, different back account, etc) on different wallet, manage debts, monthly budget and saving goals, even have a travel mode, so it does not mix your travel/vacation expenses with your regular expenses. Money Lover is my best financial tracking app, as it is functional, visually stunning, clean and fast.
Main Purpose: Quick reminder/way to temporary store information
I hardly ever use my Evernote anymore since I met Google Keep & Drive (Still use it though, but not for taking quick notes). Google Keeps is so simple and fast, but due to it’s simplicity, categorizing notes might be an difficult task to do. It has a color coded features though, but it might be not enough if you’re storing hundreds of notes. Usually I only use Google Keep for taking quick or temporary notes, or storing quick ideas. If I want to continue storing notes/ideas more seriously, I’ll move the draft to Google Docs. And adding peers to collaborate together is only one step away.
Main Purpose: Keep track on daily activities and where does my time go
I need to know where does all my time goes everyday. I had been using Schedule Planner for a while, it allows me to compare my planned event, with the actual event. It does not give information about the conversion though. But it was awesome, except for the Google Calendar synchronization. Since the sync isn’t working fine, manually inputing my planned event will be a waste of time, this leads me to never use the planned events effectively, so I use this to track my actual time. Since it’s not a real time tracker, it does not provide a START/STOP button, and I find it’s kind of tiring to manually input the start and end time of every activities that I do.
So I decided to switch to aTimeLogger, which have a real time tracker. It is much efficient and simpler, all that I do is check in every time I start an activities, and check out whenever I finished. It does give me information about the untracked time, and allows me to set goals. The only downside of this app is it does not have a web app. It does give the option to store data in our account (if we choose to create one), but it is still on beta. But the best thing is, it does not consume much power, even if we have it running all the day.
Main Purpose: Keep track on daily habit
Price: Free (Offers in App Purchase)
Do you need an extra motivation to build a good habit? This mobile apps probably suits you. This application allow you to set which days each habit will be activated, and always remind you to check in each habit if you haven’t. Another good news is, it’s free. You can purchase it if you want an additional widget and reminder though.
Main Purpose: Keep track on sleep time, how much time spent on sleeping and how much time sleep debt do I have
I never know that sleep debts is actually one of the most important debt that we need to pay (since our health is on the risk if we don’t pay it), not until I read this article about sleep debt. Sleep debts also known to decrease our productivity level and ability to concentrate, and it always accumulates if we fail to pay. I usually turn this app on before sleep, and wake up with information about how much time I spent on sleeping and how many debts do I have (if any).
Main Purpose: Alarm to wake me up
Waking up early naturally still a task to me, that why I still need an alarm clock to help me wake up. Timely is without a doubt, the most beautiful alarm clock app that I’ve ever seen. It is very fast, light, fully customizable, and not to mention visually appealing. It’s not a surprise if Google decided to buy the developer’s studio. And since the acquisition, all the premium features is now available for free. Whooo. On the other notes, I actually moved to AlarmMon for a few days since it has a really unique and cute features, but then decided to come back to Timely due to AlarmMon’s heavy power usage.
Main Purpose: Keep track on health condition and period tracking
Price: Free (With Ads)
Mainly, it’s a period calendar. But it’s not only to keep you informed about your monthly cycles, you can use it to keep track on your health condition too. I use it to record my daily medicine intake or all of my occurring symptoms, so whenever I need to go to doctor, I know what and when exactly each symptoms appears.