Even if you’re a fairly organized person (your desk is clean, your papers are all put away, your emails are filed nicely into folders, etc.), chances are, keeping up with your to-dos can sometimes be a challenge.
You have your personal to-dos and your professional to-dos. You have your urgent to-dos and your “later down the road” to-dos. Throw in the fact that these to-dos are constantly changing, and well, it’s a lot to keep track of!
Enter Google Keep. Google Keep is a note-taking service (you guessed it, from Google!) that can be a game-changer in terms of staying organized.
Here are three reasons, in particular, you may want to give it a shot:
1. You can use it for both personal and professional reminders
You likely have lists - whether tangible or just in your head - for all sorts of things: your daily to-do list at work, your grocery list, your errands-to-run list, your packing list, etc. What’s great about Google Keep is that you can keep all of those lists in one place.
And you may not even realize how many lists you have or how many notes-to-self you make until you actually start experimenting with Google Keep. (I say this from experience.) Below are just a few types of both personal and professional lists you could make, in addition to the ones mentioned above:
- A list of appointments to book
- A list of possible vacation destinations
- A list of presents to buy during the holidays
- A bucket list (This year, I want to…)
- A “before the event” checklist
- A guest list
- A list of meeting topics to discuss
- A list of possible silent auction items (A “wish list,” if you will)
The list - pun intended - goes on and on and on.
2. You can share your lists to foster collaboration
Many lists involve the hands (and ideas) of others. An event planning list, for example. Chances are, you (hopefully!) have at least one other person helping you. Well, another great feature of Google Keep is the ability to add collaborators to your lists. You could add your co-worker or a volunteer to your pre-event checklist. Or, you could add your spouse to your weekly or monthly grocery list. And best of all, as you (or they) make changes to the list, it updates in real-time for everyone. (Talk about nice!)
3. There’s a mobile version, so you can take your lists and notes everywhere
If you’re like me, many ideas come to you or tasks get completed while you’re on the run. (At the grocery store, for example.) Another Google Keep “pro” is that there’s a mobile version that allows you to create new notes and lists and check things off no matter where you are.
So as you’re going through the aisles at the grocery store...check, check, check, check, check. (And what a good feeling that is!)
Tools like Google Keep are designed to make your life easier. But let’s say you need more than just a note-taking service to simplify your day-to-day. You need something a bit more robust to help with membership management (with email communications, membership renewals, event registrations - all of that).
Well in that case, an association management system (AMS) may be your best bet. An AMS can reduce administrative overhead and streamline tasks, giving you time to breath and the ability to better serve your members. For more about what an AMS actually is, check out our free guide below!