“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.
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.
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.
|Category||Application Name||Google Play Link|
|Health||Notify & Fitness for Mi Band||Download|
|Media||CloudPlayer Music Player||Download|
|Media||doubleTwist Pro Music Player||Download|
|News||Tiny Tiny RSS||Download|
|News||Tiny Tiny RSS – Unlocker||Download|
|Sounds||White Noise Generator||Download|
|Utilities||Kaspersky Internet Security||Download|
|Utilities||Nova Launcher Pro||Download|
I would be thrilled to hear on how you keep your device organized and any applications you are using.