5 Google Tools That Will Amp Up Your Productivity

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Is there anything Google can’t do at this point? We know we love to use Google to help us maintain the big mess that is our lives. And that’s no exception when it comes to productivity. Regardless of the industry you work in or the lifestyle you lead, you can probably feel us on this one. These five Google tools will help you focus and get sh*t done.

1. Google Sheet To-Do List

You’re probably familiar with Google Sheets, but did you know that you can use them for making to-do lists? The feature is particularly helpful for creating multi-person to-do lists that your entire team can access to manage and check off tasks in real time.

2. Google Keep

Most of the time, we don’t have a consistent approach to taking notes. Sometimes, we write a few things in a journal, and other times we type out a list. Maybe we’ll use a sticky note or two. Google Keep helps you, well, keep all of your miscellaneous notes in one place. It also encourages you to compartmentalize your notes by either color-coding them, filing them into folders or tagging them. Scatterbrained no more!

3. Cortana

Though it’s not technically a Google tool, Cortana is an organization app that was designed to pair with Google Calendar. The app, which is free on Android and iOS,  acts as a personal assistant by taking notes, writing lists and setting task reminders upon command. You can even set reminders for when you arrive at certain destinations or for certain points in your day. On top of it all, Cortana offers breaking news and weather updates impromptu.

4. Inbox by Gmail

It’s likely you already use Gmail, so if you love it, you gotta check out Inbox. Nope, it’s not the same thing as your actual Gmail inbox. The Google feature is a more visual platform that allows you to organize your inbox by easy tagging, color-coding and multiple-email deleting with one button. Your Gmail features like reminders and highlights also transfer over to the Inbox, and you can connect multiple email accounts to Inbox.

5. Google Wallet

With Google Wallet, you can consolidate all your spending, sending, receiving and saving. It works with any debit or credit card and allows you to send or receive any money from friends without downloading any money apps. Yep, you just need a person’s email to safely and securely send or receive money with them. Splitting the bill has never been easier.


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