TechMom Tuesday – Remind Me to Review Something…

Did you miss me in February? (In my defense you did get two TechMom Tuesday posts in January.)

Nevertheless, it is with a heartfelt apology that I shall now regale you with my thoughts on Apple Reminders. (Because I totally could have used a reminder for the last TechMom post. And since we’re airing confessions – I’m writing this right now because a reminder just buzzed at me from my shiny iPhone 5 toy.)

I’ve been trying to go paperless for a while now. Between the terrific toddling twosome creating confetti out of receipts and other important papers and my giant dogs who seem to believe pulped paper products are a culinary delicacy, the precariously placed post-its weren’t cutting it any longer.

Also, I was forgetting things.

Managing my tasks as work (SHOCKINGLY, I am not a professional full-time blogger), tracking family commitments, remembering doctors appointments, calendaring my blogging exploits, random to-dos, a shared honey-do list, the grocery store checklist indicating whether or not we’re out of Cheerios, and of course noting the movies that my friends seem to be so incredulous that I haven’t yet seen. (Who am I? Where are we?)

I needed something that would ideally encompass all of the above in one fabulous app.

Reminders-iPhoneAnd Apple Reminders is a standard app on all my iDevices (and my MacBook, but I couldn’t figure out a clever iPhrase for that one).

The Good:

  • It reminded me of stuff to do.
  • Integrates with Outlook tasks for work purposes. (I couldn’t test Apple Mail notes, because, well – that died.
  • I can share lists. And everyone with an iPhone already has the app. (Honey…I’ve got a great idea! Also, Clinton can cull my crazy ideas long before they’re threatening to go live on the AlliOSNews site.)

Reminders - DesktopThe Bad:

  • I am restricted to one folder (“Tasks”) for my work tasks.
  • If you aren’t a complete Apple shop, you miss out on desktop access – which could be a pretty big pain for work items.
  • There is very little space for in-depth notes about the task.

The Ugly:

  • Can you see my shopping list? We’re out of toddler snacks AND wine! (APOCOLYPSE NOW!)

Overall, Reminders is okay. It’s not great; I don’t think it sucks.

It served its purpose – blinking up reminders of the items I entered in. However, Reminders very much works best as a straight series of lists, not a comprehensive life organizer.

Now, because I know “meh” isn’t really a review you can do much with, I’ve gone a step further to look at some of the other productivity apps available.

WunderListIf Reminders is just to basic for you, check out WunderList.

It’s a free (highly rated) app that syncs across all your devices – including a Web portal and PC desktop plan – and also sharable provided your desired share-ee also has the app.

With a more comprehensive notes section as well as sub-tasks you can enter, WunderList is a much cleaner option for paperless life task organization.

If only one of the apps could now remind me what direction my iPhone toddled off… (FYI – Find iPhone app does not share which toy bin your shiny toy has been stashed in.)