Is organisation your watchword? If not, then perhaps it should be – and if you've always thought you should get more organised, then your Android device can definitely help. If you install some of the below apps, you'll find your handset will streamline your life, or at least begin that process.
We'll highlight some classic organisation apps here, such as Evernote, as well as some software you may not have heard of – such as our first offering, Pushbullet. As ever, to link through and download an app on the Play store, just click on its title.
If you've ever had to email a link to your computer from your phone, Pushbullet is for you. This handy service lets you send notes, links, files, addresses, and even lists between your computer and your Android device. You can even push all these between friends.
With its close integration with Android, Google Drive is an obvious choice for cloud storage. But it has a few other tricks up its sleeve, like sharing to other users and saving items for offline viewing. It's also a powerful office companion, letting you create, edit, and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
Once you start using it, this note-taking app becomes a powerful tool for organising just about everything. Notes can be anything – text, images, audio, or a mix – and are organised into notebooks. One of Evernote's killer features is optical character recognition, which makes the text in images searchable. I use it to keep track of the different beers I try and my comic book collection. You can get more features by upgrading to the premium version of the app, at a cost of $5 (£3) per month. For more details, check out our Evernote review (and we've got some Evernote tips, too).
At its core, Any.do is a list manager. You can quickly create a shopping list, and have it sync between devices and even share it with others. The app also doubles as a task manager, ensuring you stay on top of what needs to be done. A new feature, called the Any.do Moment, encourages you to take a second and review your plans for the day.
If you're the forgetful type, EasilyDo is your saviour. Once you hook the app up to a slew of supported social and calendar services, it suggests simple actions from a unified dashboard. Did you know it's Susie's birthday? EasilyDo will suggest you send her a message or a gift. It makes the little things easier, and proves its worth in terms of saved time.
Trello is a free service that aims to help you organise any project – everything from novels through home improvement to dinner parties. Its card-based interface is very mobile friendly, letting you easily add to-do items, pictures, and tags. All your changes swiftly sync between all your devices, and the Trello website.
Trello and Any.do work great for personal to-do lists and small projects, but Asana is the 800 pound gorilla of task management for teams. While other project management tools focus on collaboration, Asana is all about workflows using check-box tasks that can be assigned to individuals. In truth, the app pales in comparison to the web interface, but it's a fantastically powerful tool.