By now most of us are back in school and that means back to a crazy schedule. I'm an English major, so I know all about how school can flood your schedule *cough* endless reading *cough*. I've definitely seen the repercussions of that as the blog-o-sphere seems to have been slowing down over the past few weeks. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to do everything that needs to be done and still find time to blog. Today I wanted to share how I (attempt to) stay on track with Google Keep.
I thought I was pretty familiar with all the bits of Google (docs, gmail, obviously blogger), so I was shocked when my boss at work mentioned Google Keep, something I'd never heard of. After getting over my initial ignorance, I quickly made this free (!!!), checklist/note keeping app part of my life.
Google Keep is essentially a bunch of virtual check lists or notes that you create and access from multiple devices using your Google account. I've always loved to-do lists. They're such a great way to keep track of all the little things I need to do. I used to just use a notebook, but I wanted to be able to see it anywhere, so I switched to an electronic list. I used to swear by Evernote, but I find Google Keep visually superior since I can see all my notes and checklists on the same screen (a Pinterest-esque setup), colour coded by topic.
In case you're interested, I use orange for school related lists, white for personal/everyday lists, blue for A Splash of Ink lists, and teal for A Splash of Photography lists. There are eight colour options.
I use Google Keep on my desktop and on my andriod phone. I'd love to use it more on my Windows Surface tablet, but they haven't created an app for it yet, so I just access it through my internet browser (similar to how you access Google Drive).
Now that I've convinced you of how amazing this program is (I hope), I wanted to give a brief tutorial about how the icons at the bottom of each individual note work.
Set Reminder: this gives you the option of setting an alert to remind you of a note or checklist. You can either set it for a particular time or place (if you're using mobile). I've never done a location based reminder, but the time based reminders buzz on my phone regardless of whether the apps is open or not. The reminders will only work on the computer if you already have to program open (it can be minimized).
Share list: this allows you to share a list with other Google accounts with real-time updates (as long as you have internet access). This is a great feature if you're working on a joint project with someone else. Our family shares a grocery list that we can update simultaneously.
Add Image: this feature allows you to add a photo to your note. If you use the mobile app you have to option to use your camera to send the photo directly to a note. I like to use this if I see a neat design or some interesting typography when I'm out that I'd like to look at later for inspiration.
Archive Note: this function allows you to archive a note for future reference. Under the "More" icon you also have the option to delete the note, but archiving can be useful if you're going to have to repeat a task. For example, I like to archive my travel packing list and reinstate it whenever I'm going somewhere again.
More...: clicking on this gives you a drop down menu that gives you the option to delete the note, make a copy of the note, label the note, and send the note to a Google Doc.
I've been using this program for a few months now, and I love it. It makes my inner OCD tendencies happy. I'm definitely a goal oriented person, so this helps me stay on track. There's a strange satisfaction in checking off those little boxes. I've found this program so helpful, so I hope you found some value in me sharing it.
How about you? Are you a check list person? Have you heard of/used Google Keep (please tell me I wasn't the only one oblivious to this)? Do you have some other top-secret way of staying organized? I'd love to hear all your thoughts in the comments!
Reading: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Listening: Peggy Lee