Get a better plannerNot to take anything away from the default tools preloaded onto your smartphone, like Google Calendar, but it’s certainly worth your while to look for better organizer apps to get (and keep) your life in order. The relative simplicity of Google Keep and Google Tasks might be appealing, but they are also inherently limiting.

If you want to spend less time figuring out what you should be doing and spending more time actually doing it, then consider some of these amazing apps for Android devices. They are all free downloads, though some may also be offered in premium versions or with a premium subscription to unlock additional functions and features.

aCalendar

A powerful Google Calendar alternative

A powerful Google Calendar alternative

aCalendar sets out to be a viable and more desirable alternative to Google Calendar on your phone or tablet. Like the regular calendar, you can switch between different views, highlighting your schedule on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The grid style layout of the week view makes it far easier to read text, however, and the hybrid month/agenda view is great for seeing your upcoming meetings at a glance. What’s more, you can leverage up to 48 different colors per calendar, color coding the things you need to do. You can even use these colors on a per-event basis. Upgrade to the premium version to get public holidays, business features, task management and more.

Day by Day Organizer

Integrate your tasks with your calendar

Integrate your tasks with your calendar

Day by Day Organizer solves a very common problem. On the one hand, you have Google Calendar handling all your appointments and meetings. On the other hand, you have Google Tasks with the actual tasks you need to do. This app combines the two into one cohesive interface, so that the dates associated with your tasks (like when to do them or when they are due) can integrate with your actual calendar. This synchronizes with your existing Google Calendar and Google Tasks, so there’s no need to set up a brand new account. Unlock the full version to get subtasks, recurrent task options, and task priorities.

Jorte Calendar & Organizer

One of the more visual organizer apps for Android

One of the more visual organizer apps for Android

Jorte Calendar & Organizer is designed to synchronize with services you may already be using, including Google Calendar, Evernote, Yahoo! Calendar, and Microsoft Office 365, as well as its own Jorte Cloud for synchronization and backup across multiple devices. One feature that you may find particularly useful is countdown, which will indicate the number of days left for a given event in the calendar. Choose from a variety of home screen widgets, highlight important appointments in red, and segment out your life with different event calendars.

Planner Pro

Review everything you need to do in a single glance

Review everything you need to do in a single glance

Planner Pro, also confusingly listed as Planner Plus, is similar to the other apps on this list in that it aims to combine the functionality of a calendar with that of a task manager. For example, you can see the month as a whole near the top of your screen, while reviewing today’s specific appointments, tasks and notes in the lower two-thirds of your screen. The app supports sub-tasks, recurrent projects, different task statuses, and 25 different priorities for your tasks and projects too. Get the full paid version to unlock week view and the search function.

Wrike Project Management

An excellent project management Android app

An excellent project management Android app

Wrike Project Management, unlike the other organizer apps in this list, is geared much more toward project management and collaboration than it is geared toward integrating with your calendar. The point here is to get a much better handle on the tasks you need to do, as well as the ability to assign those tasks to other team members, schedule tasks in the future, and track their progress over time. As you work on your various projects, you can communicate with your team and utilize a Gantt chart for further organization. Images and files can easily be added to your project plan from Google Drive or Dropbox, as well as from your phone’s internal storage.

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