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Teachers always need some time-saving tips!
Today, I am sharing valuable productivity tips using Google Tasks, Google Calendar, and even a bonus Google Keep tip!
Are you making the most of all that Google has to offer?
Learn shortcuts, hidden features, and awesome tips to help you save time, get things done, and rock the school year!
Every teacher–every Google user–needs these tips!
Google Productivity Tips to Rock the School Year! (Keep, Tasks, & Calendar!)
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These Google productivity tips are going to save you time, and clicks, help you get organized, prepare for the school day, and help you have a great school year.
Google Keep: Reusable Checklists
Shout out to Pocketful of Primary for this Google Keep tip!
Use Google Keep to create a before and after school checklist to help you remember all the things you need to do!
This list will vary based on your personal preferences and your role in education, but below is an example to get you started.
Use the thumbtack icon on your notes to pin these checklists to the top of the page. You can also click-and-drag to reorder things as you like.
Once you have completed your checklist, you can go to the three dots on the bottom-right of your note and select, “uncheck all items,” to start anew the next day.
Like my custom image headers? Stay tuned to next week’s episode (170). I’m giving you free access to my templates!
Related: 25+ Ways for Teachers and Students to Use Google Keep
Use Google Apps Side by Side
You can use Google products such as Gmail and Calendar in the same window. This helps you increase productivity without switching between tabs.
- Go to Gmail, Calendar, Chat, Drive, or a file in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
- At the bottom right, click Show side panel .
- On the right, choose the product you want to open:
- Calendar : Check your schedule and add or edit events.
- Keep : Create a note or list.
- Tasks : Add to-do items and deadlines.
- Contacts : Access your contacts.
- Voice : Make a Google Voice call.
- Maps : Search Google Maps.
Google Tasks Tips
Google Tasks is a simple to-do list manager that integrates with Gmail and Google Calendar. You can easily turn email messages into tasks, create multiple lists, and add due dates.
If you have been ignoring the Google Tasks app, now is the time to give it another look!
There are more features than we’ve had in the past, and that makes this a powerful productivity tool.
To access it on a desktop, Chromebook, or laptop, click on the Tasks icon in the right-hand sidebar of Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, or Slides. On mobile, download the Tasks app. There is no direct link to a stand-alone Tasks app.
Or, try the keyboard shortcut to open Tasks from Gmail: G + K. (Yep! It’s that simple. Try it!)
I have many tasks that repeat daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly. I need this feature to make any to-do list app work for me.
Here’s how to create a repeating task in Google Tasks:
- Click an existing task or create a new task.
- To add a date and time, click Date/time.
- Next to “Date/time,” click Repeat .
- Under “Repeats every,” select day, week, month, or year.
- Under “Ends,” select an option to create a recurring task:
- With no end date, select Never.
- With a specific end date, select On, then choose a date.
- That ends after a certain number of occurrences, select After, then select a number of occurrences.
- Click OK.
Create Lists to Organize Your Tasks into Categories or Project
- Click the Down arrow next to My Tasks.
- Click Create a new list.
- Enter a name.
- Click Done.
Drag an Email into Tasks to Create a New Task
My inbox can often drive my tasks. I get an email and need to take action.
When you are in Gmail, you can open