5 Apps to Get You Organized for 2017

Are you making a  New Year’s resolution for 2017? What’s it going to be?

Are you finally going to stop procrastinating? Make it a point to eat healthier and be more active?

What about simply organizing your time better? By being more efficient in everything you do, you can earn yourself more free time and cut down on some of the stress you might have. This is especially true if you work in a bustling or fast-paced career.

Believe it or not, there are a ton of apps that can help you get a handle on this. Getting organized as you head into 2017 is definitely possible, and here are five apps to help you do it:

1. Kiwi


Google’s app suite is excellent, there’s no question about it. There’s Gmail to handle all your communication, Google Drive to deal with documents, photos and spreadsheets and much more.

Unfortunately, most of these apps are web based which means to use them you need to open up a browser. Sure, there are mobile apps, but we’re specifically talking about the desktop experience. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a full-fledged desktop application that could access all these services?

Kiwi for Gmail 2.0 – from Zive Inc. – does exactly that. It’s like Outlook, only for Google’s services.

You can access Gmail, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides natively in a windowed desktop application. You can edit, create, save and share all of these formats from within the app. The best part is that you can backup content when you need offline access, and this is handled automatically on the back end. So, before you lose your connection, you can sync your files and you’re good to go as soon as it drops.

How useful is that?

What makes this particularly great in terms of organization is you don’t have to worry about dealing with browser tabs or windows. You can save, open, and edit documents like you’re used to, right from the desktop. Besides, opening a massive spreadsheet in an internet browser is never fun.

2. Awesome Note


When you absolutely need to get everything in your life organized, Awesome Note is the way to go.

Yes, you can take notes and create to-do lists like you can with Evernote. But Awesome Note also includes some excellent planning tools, like a calendar, event reminders, and scheduling options.

When you create your to-do lists, you can assign a specific time to each entry. In this way, it helps you create a daily schedule complete with notifications and reminders. This tool is a godsend if you’re the type of person that likes to plan out your schedule each day. It’s easy to do, and the reminders keep you on task constantly.

The best part is that there’s no recurring subscription fee. Just pay for the app and you have access forever.

Unfortunately, it’s only available for iOS and the Samsung Galaxy Note. If you have an Android device, you’ll have to find an alternative.

3. Sortly


Finally cleaning out your garage or attic? Preparing to move to a new home? Both of these activities – and many like them – will require you to label and sort your belongings. This is an extremely tedious process in and of itself.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a handy tool that can keep track of all this?

Sortly is that tool. It’s a super helpful app that provides a variety of functions for when you organize your garage, and you need to plan and use space more effectively.

You can create visual hierarchies of all your items, complete with pictures and descriptions. You can label items so you know exactly what you’re packing in a box or bag. Plus, you can export any and all data to numerous cloud services like Evernote, Dropbox, and others.

It’s not just for organizing personal items either. You can use it to organize your small business inventory, keep track of your collectibles, or even prepare for a big move.

Sortly is another app that is available only for iOS. However, you can access the service via the web from the official site.

4. Peek


Want a more efficient calendar tool that’s easy to use and looks great? Then Peek is right up your alley.

It has a sleek, accordion-style interface that lets you “peek” at upcoming notifications and events at any time. Thanks to numerous shortcuts, it also makes the process of checking your schedule – and staying on top of it – extremely efficient.

For example, if you’re outside in direct sunlight you can shield the top of your display with your hand and it will dim to show you the current time. This makes it so much easier to see the display when there’s a glare on it, allowing you to check time and keep track of upcoming events.

Seriously, if you haven’t already then give Peek a try.

5. PaperKarma


Are you the type of person that hates getting junk mail? No, we’re not talking about digital spam in your inbox. We’re talking about actual junk mail, in paper form. This includes free offers or advertisements, credit card approval letters, loan offers and much more.

PaperKarma is a unique – and awesome – tool that can help you stop all that crud from arriving in your mailbox. All you have to do is snap a photo of the junk mail using the app, and you’re done. The PaperKarma team will automatically contact the source and request that you be removed from their distribution list.

In addition to the iOS app included above, PaperKarma is also available for Android and Windows Phone OS.

It’s like the national no-call list for telemarketers, only PaperKarma does the legwork for you!


Now that you have no junk mail, a better calendar and to-do list and a more organized home, what could possible stop you from making 2017 your best year yet? Nothing, that’s what.

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Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews is a Pittsburgh-based tech writer contributing to MakeUseOf, The Gadget Flow and Smart Hustle. Follow her on Twitter to read her latest posts!

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