This week in CEP 810, I was challenged to try a new productivity tool. I chose Google Keep, which is a place where I can have all my lists of things to do in one spot. In David Allen’s Book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (2001), he explains that in order to be productive, you must first identify what it is you need to do and collect it in an organized way, meaning not just trying to remember in your head. Before using Google Keep, I had some of my to-dos on sticky notes on my desk at work, some that I tried to remember in my head and some I would put in my phone’s calendar or on the memo app. Sticky notes would get buried; I would forget things that I thought I would remember; and the memo app did not have a reminder on it. Therefore, a lot of things were forgotten.
Using Google Keep has really helped me organize my life. The first thing that I like about it is that it’s user-friendly; I am able to easily access it from my phone and add notes with just a click. I also like that you can add different labels for a variety of lists. For example, I have a separate one for Costco, Kroger, work, home and bills to pay. I can set reminders for notes, as well. For instance, I can set monthly reminders for each of my bills instead of having to re enter it each month. Just in the last week, I feel that I was able to be more productive and wasn’t as stressed.
So far, I haven’t found anything that I don’t like about the tool. I did, however, read some reviews about Google Keep, and there were several that said after updating the app, they lost some of their lists. Therefore, this is something that I need to keep in mind before doing so.
Allen, D. (2001). Getting things done: The art of stress-free productivity. New York: Penguin.