March 24, 2013

A new find that I'm willing to share*

Let me tell you about my most recent discovery.....Google Keep.  I discovered this little gem just the other day - funnily enough, on the day it was released and not my usual two or three years after the fact.

I've had a "smart phone" for about as long as I've had this blog; which has been about (wait let me check) almost four years (how did THAT happen??).

Now granted, I started off with a Blackberry; which I loved, but there wasn't a lot to choose from when it came to apps, etc. but was hands down, superior in the email department (seriously, why can't the Android people figure out how to push email through that quickly?).  But back in September, I made the switch over to an Android and haven't looked back. But in the six months or so that I've had it, I haven't really looked into all the capabilities of this phone or what kind of apps are to be had.

Sure I've downloaded a few things - mainly word games (gotta keep my mind sharp, doncha know) - but nothing really useful.

In the past couple of months, I finally began to play around with the various, pre-loaded applications and have been trying out a few apps in hopes of getting my life organized again.  The way it used to it was back in the dark ages of using a pen and paper; which truth be told, I can't be bothered with trying to keep up with all those random scraps of paper anymore.

Sure the apps, I had played with worked...kind of, but they were all off in one way or another.  They just weren't right.  The first one was so unwieldy that after playing with it for a day or so I clicked over to Google Play and downloaded another one. That one irritated me so badly that I immediately deleted it.  Only to replace it with another that, though while better, still wasn't quite right; and on and on the search went.

And then it happened...while I was perusing a news site (sorry, I can't remember which one), I came across an article talking about Google Keep and I was intrigued.  So I clicked over to check it out.  It had four and a half stars out of five.  That looked promising; except I kept thinking "It was just released!  How can anyone have formed an opinion on it already?!"

By my estimation, these kinds of things needs months - if not years - of usage before they can be recommended so heartily (remember my former disdain for Twitter?  Who's laughing now?  Twitter.  You win, Twitter;  I admit it, I love you).

But despite my technological commitment issues I went ahead and downloaded it - what did I have to lose?  It was free and I could easily delete it, if need be.

And immediately I was hooked.  This IS the app I've been looking for (Google - you should be paying me for this endorsement!)!

Look at how clean and easy to navigate this app is....

You can create lists that allow you to check off items you have completed.  You can create lists that are ongoing, i.e. notes to remind you what kind of bag you need for your ancient vacuum cleaner or what book recommendations you've noted; etc.

The possibilities are endless!  I am envisioning multiple lists stretching out into the future.  I'm envisioning a life of order, once again.  I find myself constantly clicking over and just admiring it.

Also, you can "share" your list(s) via email, the "cloud," Pinterest, Google +, Twitter and more.

All in all, it's pretty darn cool and I am head over heels.  I can definitely feel my former list making self stirring.  And after the past few years of inertia, that makes me feel pretty darn good.  That maybe, just maybe, I'm coming back to who I was...who I am; a list maker.  Because I have to tell you, there is almost no better feeling than being able to check off a To Do on a list.

In fact, this little app inspired me to semi-clean my closet.  Well, the app and the gray, nasty, cold weather that kept me inside for the majority of the day inspired me.  But whatever, at least I can walk in there now.  And who knows, maybe I'll be inspired to finally tackle some of those other projects that have been waiting in the wings.

*Sorry to all the Apple and Windows folks out there - this app isn't yet available to you.  But as cool as it is, I'm sure it will be soon.

And, once again, this is NOT a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own based on my experience of using the product.


  1. Sounds cool!

    I have an iPhone though.

  2. Dammit, this app is incompatible with my phone. Guess I'll have to keep using my Google tasks because the thought of a new phone makes me tired.

  3. OH, oh, oh, I have an Android!!! I'm checking this out now! I can never remember what size filters I need for the stupid vents.