I’m a huge fan of Google Keep which is Google’s note-keeping application. I think it is an unsung hero and in fact I think it is so useful I wrote an entire book about it.
Unfortunately the book didn’t do so well and I think it’s because I didn’t make really clear how Google Keep can help people (and particularly small business owners) do more in their lives. So, I’m going to give it another go. But this time, I’m trying something different – I’m writing the book here first, to get feedback and to see what resonates with people.
I’ll be putting up articles somewhat regularly (subscribe to my newsletter if you want to get notified when I do put up an article) and then compiling them all into a book sometime in the new year.
Ok, so first up what is Google Keep?
Google Keep is an amazingly useful piece of software, wrapped up in a lovely, simple exterior. Although often criticised for not being as powerful as other note-taking apps (Evernote for example), it is in fact its simplicity that appeals to me.
I should say deceptive simplicity because Google Keep is not just a way of capturing your thoughts through text, images or drawings. It also reminds you of those thoughts when and where you need. And it allows you to share those thoughts and collaborate with family, friends, even work colleagues, in real time.
And even with all that, Google Keep remains a simple, lightweight solution that doesn’t get in the way of you actually doing your work. Many of the applications and products that I’ve tried in the past are so powerful I ended up spending more time working out how to use the product than doing the work.
That’s great but what benefits does Google Keep offer me?
There are a number of other benefits that Google Keep offers:
Free. This is a massive selling point for me. Whilst many productivity applications / software products might start off free, they are either ad-supported (meaning you get ads in the application as you use it unless you pay for a non ad-supported version) or they reserve their best tools for the paid version.
Google Keep doesn’t show any ads at all and it is completely free. And whilst that might change in the future, at the moment I’m very happy not seeing any ads at all.
Ongoing support. Although it is free, Google Keep does have online support available, either through Help Articles or through volunteer forums. Any time I have a question I can use one of these resources to find an answer.
Convenience. Google Keep can sync across all your devices (mobile, tablet and desktop) with minimal effort on your part. And because Google Keep is tied to your Google account, you can even log into your account on someone else’s computer (like at a library or friend’s house) and access your information without any problems.
Device agnostic. You can use Google Keep on smartphones running Android or iOS operating systems; on a PC or a Mac and via any type of Internet browser.
And I’m sure I don’t even need to mention the Search functionality which not surprisingly, is excellent.
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