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Whether you’re a student, a working professional, a parent, a combination of the three, or just a busy person, you more than likely have a to-do list — or multiple. That to-do list, either mental or physical, can get overwhelming. 

As someone who likes to compartmentalize my tasks, I’ve recently found that Google’s hidden gem of an app — Google Keep — is the best tool for dividing, conquering, and transferring the chaos in my brain into action.

Here’s a rundown of Google Keep’s features and how you can use them as your virtual to-do list. 

Also: How to create multiple Google Calendars (and why you should)

How to use Google Keep as your virtual to-do list maker

Google Keep is a virtual note-taking app done right. A good choice for any G Suite user, it allows you to create notes and voice memos, and insert drawings and pictures, reminders, and labels for each. And even better — the app is compatible with both Android and iOS phones, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your grocery list on the kitchen counter or losing that idea you just had once you shut your laptop. Here’s how to best make use of Google Keep’s tools and keep the clutter in your life, or brain, to a minimum. 

On either your phone or your laptop, make sure that you’re logged in to your Google account. Once you’ve logged in, go to the right upper right-hand corner of your screen and toggle the icon that looks like a grid. After you click on the grid icon, you’ll see G-Suite’s apps. Scroll down until you see the yellow icon with a notepad and a lightbulb, then toggle that option and you’ll be taken to Google Keep. 

Google Keep in G Suite

Where to find Google Keep in your G Suite. 

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Once you’re in Google Keep, the world of organization possibilities is truly at your fingertips, but at first glance, it may just look like a blank, wonkier Google Doc. Here’s how you can take notes in the most intentional, efficient way.