Google Keep – “Save Your Thoughts Wherever You Are”

November 27, 2017
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“Need to remember to pick up some groceries? Set a location-based reminder to pull up your grocery list right when you get to the store. Need to finish a to-do? Set a time-based reminder to make sure you never miss a thing.” Google Keep

When it comes to trying to remember things these days I’ve realized without writing things down and adding a phone alarm the likelihood of the details sticking are pretty minimal.

Whether it’s my son asking for an item addition to the grocery list or a random inspirational thought that strikes me while listening to a podcast on the treadmill, it seems that I’m never around paper and pen when I need it.

Google Keep has become the answer to all of these frustrations and more.

Within the same app I have running lists for:

  • Groceries
  • Library books we want to check out
  • Christmas gifts to purchase
  • Blog ideas
  • Quotes from podcasts
  • A list of tasks to complete

The best part is that these lists all automatically sync to my Google Drive, so if I accidentally delete one, I always have a backup!

Lists have the option to be shared with others. I’ve used this feature on my grocery list. My husband can add to the list without needing to tell me first. There is also the option to write in paragraph form instead of having boxes to check with each point.

Each section is designed to look like a brightly colored square note. There is not a predetermined length; it merely extends as you add additional words. Each note or list includes the option to have the color changed. This is a great way to help find important notes quicker.

Another great feature is the option to pin favorite lists to the top of the app for quicker access. Finally, a reminder alarm will make sure that no task is forgotten!

I’ve tried a lot of list apps. Wonderlist, Cozi, Tasks (another Google-based app), and a few others. All had their nice features, but Google Keep is the winner for me. It’s free, syncs with my Google drive, and has kept me from forgetting time-sensitive tasks. I use this app multiple times a day making it my current favorite app!

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