Get smart…and get organised with Apps

Posted on May 6, 2016 by Eleanor McKenzie
Writing a to do list, getting organized

Would you like to have a more streamlined and organised life? If you’re like me and tend to scribble reminders and ‘memos to self’ on the nearest piece of paper before losing it, then I’ve discovered some clever apps that you can use on your smartphone or tablet. The advantage of using an app is that you’ll never again wonder if you threw the information in the bin, plus if you use these apps on your smartphone, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips wherever you are.

You might not need all of these apps, but there’s a good chance that you’ll install at least one of them.

Google Now

Naturally, the team at Google have developed an app that organises your life because, like Facebook, they pop up everywhere these days. They always aim to be ahead of the curve and they position this app as your digital personal assistant. It keeps you updated about the weather, informs you about the state of the traffic in your area, makes sure you never forget anyone’s birthday and many more things you might need in order to manage your day. It’s available on Android and Apple devices. Oh, and it’s FREE!


Are you a list writer? I must admit that I like lists because there’s a certain amount of satisfaction in crossing tasks off as I do them and seeing it grow shorter. This app enables the avid list maker to take things digital and you can make and manage lists with ease. It’s extremely handy if you happen to do the kind of work that involves projects with a series of steps, and you can organise your ‘To Do’s” by project or theme. Very convenient for party and event organisers for sure and you can sync what’s on your lists across all your devices so that the information is up-to-date if you change from phone to tablet to consult the app. Available across multiple platforms and it’s FREE as well.


I know several writers that use this app, and it’s also very handy for students. This app enables you to make notes on the move. What’s so great about that? Well, if you have an idea or hear something inspirational and want to jot it down for later, then do it in Evernote. Like Todoist, you can sync it across your devices, plus you can tag the notes so the relevant one is easy to find. Your information is stored in a Cloud and whether you want to store a long piece of research or a short list of bullet points, this digital notebook is the answer. It’s FREE and available on Android and Apple devices.


Woman using organisation app


For those of you who find it a challenge to keep track of keys, wallet and other valuables, this app could be a life saver. Tile is a small, square tag that you attach to your phone or keys and then sync it with your iPhone or iPad. When you’re searching for keys you ask the app to play a tune for your keys and it will track them within a 45 metre radius. A radar symbol on the tile shows you when you’re getting closer. Up to eight tiles can be synced on one account, so you can track youngsters’ belongings as well. The makers are calling it “a worldwide lost and found” as there are plans for a Tile community where users can help members locate stolen or lost items. It isn’t free, but it’s reasonably priced and you can find all the information you need at the Tile store here. It is now available for Android devices as well as iPhone and iPad.


Perhaps they should have called this ‘Doddle’ instead. This app exists to stop the endless exchange of text messages when you’re trying to arrange a date, whether it’s a dinner party, a night out with friends or a committee meeting. We all know that it can be painful finding a time when everyone is free. Well, Doodle changes all that. It syncs with your calendar, it helps avoid double booking and it automatically adds any new appointments. There is a paid service for professionals and businesses, but individuals can download it for FREE.

I hope there’s an app here that is just what you need but you didn’t know it existed. Personally, I hadn’t come across Todoist before and that’s the one I’m going to try in the hope that I can get rid of the notebooks littering my desk with lists. What is top of today’s list? Finish Staysure blog. Done. Tick. Next? Download Todoist.

by Eleanor McKenzie

Eleanor McKenzie is a Northern Irish writer with a passion for art, literature, and red wine. She's worked at advertising agency JWT, edited a journal for a European social policy think tank and tried to teach teenagers the difference between "there" and "their". Being 50+ has not significantly changed Eleanor's life, although she finds it a handy excuse when she wants to avoid anything too energetic.