5 Apps That Keep My Life Together

Use apps to keep your life organized
Use apps to keep your life organized

You’re laying in bed and come up with a killer idea, and you think to yourself, “That’s so good, I’m going to look into that in the morning.” Then you don’t, because you forgot.

When you’ve got so many ideas and so many things to do, it’s wild to keep everything sorted. Since we live in the digital age, there are essentials that can help keep you organized, and I’ll share my top 5 go-to’s. While going through the list, keep in mind that I rock Android, so while some of these may be Android specific, there are surely alternatives for Apple devices. Here’s a short list of apps that I use on a daily basis.

Business Calendar 2

By Appgenix Software (free/paid)

Don’t worry, this is the only paid option on the list. While it’s still available as a free option, dishing out a few bucks will make it ad free and integrate additional features like in calendar weather, easy drag & drop of events and the ability to get right into calendar customization.

Why I like it so much

Without a calendar, I’m lost. The standard Google Calendar doesn’t cut it for me because for every email account that I have, I have an associated calendar. Business Calendar 2 merges all of my calendars into one view seamlessly. On top of that, the calendar widget can be viewed daily, weekly or monthly with a ton of customization features. If you fully utlize your Google account with your calendar and to-do list, they’re both integrated in this app as well.

Being honest here, I’m a bit nuts when it comes to my calendar. I go as far as setting my gym sessions in as reocurring appointments, so relying on a robust calendar app is a huge win for me.

Google Keep

By Google (free)

When you’re bouncing between your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone, having a note taking app that syncs between devices is huge. That’s where Google Keep steps in. This app allows you to make check lists, typed or handwritten notes, scribbles and even attach images. You can colour code your notes for organization and even pin notes to the top of the app for easy access (Perfect for your running grocery list).

Why I like it so much

For any time sensitive tasks, I use Google Tasks, but since that’s integrated into Business Calendar 2, I didn’t bother mentioning it here otherwise. For any other tasks or lists that I don’t associate a deadline to, they hit Google Keep. My grocery list, misc. shopping lists, quick notes out and about or maybe a quick note I need to get on my laptop from my phone, I turn to Google Keep. In addition to this, the widget make it super easy to view without having to open the app from my Android phone. I haven’t bothered looking into other note taking or list apps because this one is exactly what I need.

Microsoft OneNote

By Microsoft (free)

Back in the BlackBerry days, I was a fan of Evernote, but when I discovered OneNote, everything changed. This free program/app allows you to create notebooks on however many subjects you like. Imagine a backpack full of notebooks, but enriched with media, embedded Excel sheets and attached PDFs…All the good stuff to make sense of everything. On top of fully functional digital notebooks, you can also password protect them and share notebooks or pages with colleagues/collaborators. You’ll need Microsoft OneDrive (Microsoft’s cloud storage) to fully utilize syncronizing across multiple devices, and you’ll see that’s the next app in my list, so that works for me.

Why I like it so much

Anything that doesn’t fit into my calendar or on a notepad, gets stored into OneNote. I’ve got a notebook to do with all things Etsy & Mattmade, then I’ve got one for personal (Finances, goals, health & fitness) and then some others. I embed Excel files, clip images, PDFs and all sorts of things. I create checklists and brainstorm ideas. All of this can be done from my phone, tablet or desktop. I don’t just use this app daily, I leave the program open on my computer for quick access as I plug away.

Microsoft OneDrive

By Microsoft (free)

OneDrive is Microsoft’s alternative to Google Drive or Dropbox. Since I’m an Android user, of course Google Drive is another go to (Which I highly recommend too). That being said, I store all of my major files on OneDrive, while I use my day-to-day stuff with Google Drive. Why do I do that? I simply have more free space with my OneDrive account. I don’t pay extra for any cloud storage with my accounts, so I divided up my usage like this:

  • OneDrive – Design files, Mattmade related things & syncing OneNote
  • Google Drive – Every day files, quick sharing between my devices and Google related syncing
  • Dropbox – Mostly for shared files with colleagues because it’s still popular

Why I like it so much

Microsoft gives you a ton of storage for free, and it’s seamless with any PC user experience (Yes, I rock both Android AND PC, haters gonna hate).

OneDrive is like the glue that keeps my files together, and that’s why it made the list.

Google Drive

By Google (free)

As I mentioned above, Google Drive is another one that keeps my madness intact. With the ability to sync easily across my devices, Google Drive is a fantastic solution. Google Drive is especially useful if you use Android or Gmail.

Why I like it so much

Again, for the reasons I mentioned above, and on top of that…It’s got a simple web interface making it especially easy to use hand in hand with Gmail or as a general cloud storage. All this and you are likely able to get away with the free account. If you’re looking for more storage, this is also one of the cheaper paid models.