React Native developer
I have to admit it, I consider myself among the ranks of the master procrastinators. As Tim Urban in his amazing TED talk explains, this means that if I have two weeks to complete a task, I’ll almost surely wait the last 24 hours to do it.
Does is always end up well? No.
Because of this, over the last couple of years, I tried to approach this issue in the only way my engineering mind allowed me: writing down A LOT of lists and post-its.
At one point, this past summer, I was using at the same time:
As you can see, it could not last. Ever. Being a developer, using all these tools for one overall task was bugging me: all I needed was something to write down “stuff” I need/have/want to do in order to keep my mind focused in the current task. Basically, a buffer.
Moreover, the mental stress of remembering to use all of these different places to do different things was the first barrier between my rational self and the actual act of writing things down.
I had to find something that was:
It wasn’t easy to research what and how and which software to use to fit that list of requirements in the smallest amount of tools (I gave up on having only one after the first five mins of looking around).
Luckily, during this year, Google enhanced its Calendar app, and being an avid Inbox user I could handle reminders and recurring tasks using those two apps.
One step was taken
But I was sure I couldn’t rely only on digital apps to trick the monkey in my brain: I knew I had to have a notebook to write down stuff while at work or during those occasions a smartphone can’t be used (ex. battery). In this case, the Kevin Rose’s newsletter “The Journal” provided me of what I needed: an approach to note taking. (by the way, that newsletter is awesome and you should totally read it)
But I still needed something technological for lists and drafts: I don’t always have my notebook with me, or I simply don’t want to go look for it when I could open an app on one of my screens. And all of this keeping in mind that list above: simplicity had the highest priority.
I then decided to... (insert drum roll sound effect)
…stick with Google. Meaning, using Google Keep for all kinds of lists and notes, and Google Drive for longer drafts.
So, basically, I reduced drastically the number of different accounts needed: I know it may sound silly, but being able to rely on one 2-step authenticated account for all these different tasks was a stress relief.
So, is this approach going to be perfect? No.
Or, to give a better answer, not yet. I think that Evernote is still a good app for taking long notes, and Google Keep has a lot of room for improvement… which brings us back to the title.
Here are the three features I’d really really really like to have in Google Keep:
So, here we are.
I hope that somewhere someone who knows somebody working in that team at Google have at least one of these ideas — or something similar; this way, 2017 is going to be much smoother for my productivity.
In the meantime, I’d really love to discuss with you people who made it ’til the end: what other feature would you add to this list? Which app I have not considered that would totally change my life? Let me know in the comments, or send me a tweet.
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