Being that it’s Friday, and it’s a warm spring afternoon here in Maryland, it seems appropriate to post an article about a tool that can help eliminate distractions and keep you focused.
As you may have already heard, Google recently threw its hat in the note-taking app ring with a new app called Google Keep. Warning: This app is currently only available on Android devices, so if you’re an iPhone user, you may not want to get attached.
The intent of this new offering is the “Save What’s On Your Mind” by providing a mobile platform on which to keep notes, checklists, inspiring photos, and organize them by priority. So, there you are, out in the world, and you think of something you need to do, see something that inspires you, or are reminded of something to add to your grocery list. You can open up Google Keep, stash it away, and move on with your day. Then later, it’s all collected for you and stored securely in Google Drive, where it syncs across all of your devices.
It is organized in a grid or mosaic style, which you can re-order as your priorities change. Much like Google Calendar, you can color code things by category or importance, and as with Gmail, you can search, archive, and delete things quickly. You can access Google Keep on your desktop at www.drive.google.com/keep right now, and soon it will be integrating more fully with Google Drive itself. It is currently available for Android phones and tablets running Android 4.0 and higher, and it’s available in the Google Play store.
Overall, Google Keep seems like a great tool for small business owner who need help writing things down on the go, organizing their priorities, and getting things out of their brains and down on paper so they can focus better on other tasks. One concern that we have — which seems to be pretty universal across the blogosphere — is that Google has been playing a little bit fast and loose with its applications lately. The recent discontinuation of Google Reader seems to have particularly burned Google users. So many people are hesitant to welcome another Google app into their lives only to have it taken away when they begin to depend on it.
Two responses to that: First, we totally understand. However, this is how Google comes up with really brilliant ideas that make people lives easier — by trial and error and giving and taking away. Second, this kind of hesitation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. People don’t download an app because they’re afraid it will be discontinued, and then because the downloads are disappointing, the provider discontinues the app. It’s a vicious cycle. So if you’re really interested in Google Keep and you think it would be helpful to you, we say take the leap and try it out!
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