You’ve just purchased your brand-new iPad and you want to do everything right. After all, it’s probably the most expensive tool you’ll use all day every day, so it makes sense to get the most out of it that you can. Instead of spending hours messing around with icons and folders, here are five awesome Google widgets that will make your iPad work like a dream. And you don’t need to be on the go to use them!
Getting started with Google apps
Google has many incredible tools, from Gmail to G-suite, Maps to Docs. When I first got my iPad, I was concerned about whether I would be able to use it for work. As it turns out, though, with just five Google widgets you can use on an iPad–you can have the same access and efficiency as at a desktop computer.
Create a multi-column spreadsheet in sheets
- Keep Track of Time and Tasks – The easiest way to quickly keep track of how much time you spend on each task is by making columns in a spreadsheet, then putting the minutes you spent on that task. This is helpful for getting an idea of how much time certain tasks take and what kind of attention they deserve. There are lots of great apps to do this but there’s nothing like a good ol’ spreadsheet when it comes to simplicity.
- Showing Weather Reports in Real-Time with Wunderground: You might have seen these before, or even tried them out yourself. If not, try them out today! For only $0.99 a month (paid annually), you can get an up-to-date forecast anywhere in the world at any time of day (based on your current location). You can also customize what data points are shown so that you only see what’s important to you and make the widget as big or small as you want.
Set up Day Calendar
Add appointments, meetings, and other scheduled tasks to the day calendar in two taps. If you are running late, it can show you the traffic conditions on your way to the meeting so you have time to find an alternate route. You can also share calendars with other people for collaboration.
Add your tasks in Keep
- Utilize Keep for to-do lists and reminders
- Create an Evernote notebook for lectures, readings, or discussions you need to take notes on
- Use Google Apps Scripts to integrate with other services you use (for example ConvertKit)
Create sticky notes in Keep
- Tap the + sign in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
- Tap the green Add button.
- Enter whatever you want to name it and tap OK
- A widget has been created, with three tabs at the top News Feed, Reminders, & More Widgets
- To change the note’s color, tap on More Widgets on the right side of the note
- You can also change how many lines you want to show by tapping on the pencil icon in line with how many lines
- To get rid of an unwanted sticky note, just swipe it off!