A little background, I am working on a controller for use with various studies. For this particular study there are multiple phases from 1-6, each of the buttons in the picture below make the robot say something, or do a specific motion.
Image taken from : http://i.stack.imgur.com/RhvHy.png
As you can see it's very cluttered, it's not that bad on a large monitor but I still want to change it. I am trying to think of a way to make it look better. More specifically the far left column. I was thinking of a drop down menu with labels for each phase, however the user will need to switch between phases and this takes some time going back and forth.