Keeping Android Organised

“A good system shortens the road to the goal” – Orison Swett Marden

We organize our lives, our homes, our offices but tend to forget that in this day and age our electronic devices should also fall part of this equation. I am a big fan of the Android Eco-system for providing me the tools to customize and streamline the experience of any future device I purchase to my levels of usability and organization standards. I am not here to argue pros and cons of different systems; I just wanted to share my current phone setup and the applications I use with the hope that you might find something useful.

In a nutshell on my every Android Device I replace the Homescreen UI with Nova Launcher which allows me to customize everything from the home screen, the app drawer, the icons and gestures.

Figure 1. My Android Desktop
Screens: Calendar Widget, Time/Alarm/Weather, To-Do Widget
Taskbar Apps: Dialer, Browser, E-mail, Music, Password Manager, 2-factor Authenticator, Camera

My desktop consists of 3 screens (Figure 1) with the center one featuring the current time, the alarm clock and the weather. From here if I swipe right I can see my calendar for the day and if I swipe left I can see my current to do list. Similarly if I swipe up I can access my App Drawer which is organised in categories (Figure 2) and if I swipe down I can access any pending notifications.

From the dock layout I pin my most frequently used applications: Phone Dialer, Browser, E-mail, Music Player, Password Manager, 2-Factor Authenticator and the Camera. I use Darkful to transform the the icons of my applications and give them a more unified look.

Figure 2. My App Drawer broken down in individual app categories

When it comes to the App Drawer I try to keep everything organized in categories apart from some applications that I frequently use (that I didn’t want to pin on the dock). I make sure that the grid can fit all my folders and applications in one screen without having to swipe to see them all. I tend to avoid using applications with ads (whenever possible) and opt for paid ad-free applications when available.

The below table features the applications I currently have installed on my devices broken down into categories. If your phone is linked to your Google Account and you use Google Play you can use the direct links to download an application directly to your device.

CategoryApplication Name Google Play Link
eUniversity TEDDownload
eUniversity UdemyDownload
HealthInsight TimerDownload
Health NextBikeDownload
Health Notify & Fitness for Mi BandDownload
MapsGoogle MapsDownload
MapsSygic NaginationDownload
MediaCloudPlayer Music PlayerDownload
MediadoubleTwist Pro Music PlayerDownload
MessagingFacebook MessengerDownload
Messaging Skype Download
Messaging TelegramDownload
MessagingViber Download
Messaging WhatsApp Download
NewsTiny Tiny RSSDownload
NewsTiny Tiny RSS – UnlockerDownload
ProgrammingDroidEdit ProDownload
ReadAcrobat ReaderDownload
ReadLithium ProDownload
ReadPocketBook ReaderDownload
SocialTikTok Download
SocialTwitter Download
SoundsRain SoundsDownload
Sounds Sleep Sounds Download
Sounds Sleep TimerDownload
Sounds White Noise GeneratorDownload
UtilitiesBarcode ScannerDownload
UtilitiesFile ManagerDownload
UtilitiesKaspersky Internet SecurityDownload
UtilitiesNova LauncherDownload
UtilitiesNova Launcher ProDownload
WriteBamboo PaperDownload
Write iA WriterDownload
Write Quotes CreatorDownload

I would be thrilled to hear on how you keep your device organized and any applications you are using.

The One-Minute Manager in a Two-Minute Read

The One Minute Manager is a short book written by Kenneth Blanchard & Spenser Johnson in the form of a story of a young aspiring manager-to-be in search of the traits that make an effective manager. He goes to meet the One Minute Manager who alongside his team teaches him 3 valuable management techniques:

  • One Minute Goal Setting
  • One Minute Praising
  • One Minute Reprimand

A. One Minute Goal Setting

In a lot of organizations when you ask people what they do and then ask their bosses you often get two different set of task lists. With One Minute Goal setting you spend some time with your manager at the beginning of a new task or responsibility. During this time, you agree on your goals and write down each goal on a single sheet of paper using 250 words or less. This way you can re-read your goals frequently and ensure that what you do matches the desired outcome. Once the goal is understood your manager explains what good performance is, so that performance standards are clear.

B. One Minute Praisings

Usually your manager is waiting to catch you doing something wrong in order to comment on your actions. With One Minute Praisings the manager tells you up front that they are going to let you know how you are doing. When they catch you doing something right, they praise your actions and let you know what you did right and how it helps your colleagues and the organization. They pause so that it sinks in and encourage you to do more of the same.

C. One Minute Reprimands

As with One Minute Praisings the manager tells you up front that they are going to let you know how you are doing. If you make a significant mistake, then a One Minute Reprimand occurs. The One Minute Manager reprimands people immediately and explains to them in specific terms what went wrong and how it made them feel. The manager pauses to let the effect of your actions sink in and reminds you how much they value you and that they think well of you but not on your performance in this situation. Once the reprimand is over it’s over.


[1] Ken Blanchard, Spencer Johnson (1982) The One Minute Manager