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The 3 Best iPhone Apps to Help You Remember

The 3 Best iPhone Apps to Help You Remember

    Despite text messages, email and a constant stream of notifications, it’s still easy to forget things. We can all use a little help staying on track and bringing a little life back into our days. Any app that can help me do that is a friend to me. I’m a tech junkie, that’s no earth shattering news and I’m always looking for that next wonderful piece of technology that’s going to revolutionize my life.

    Sadly, no tool can fit that bill, but there are some that really do help manage the load. I’ve discovered many very useful apps in my quest for better life management. Here are a few of the best iPhone apps to help you remember that I have personally found very helpful.

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    Alarmed

    Alarmed is an all-in-one time app for iPhone/iPad that is packed with useful features; a pop-up reminder, timers, wakeup alarms and sleep timers.

    The Reminders tab lets you easily create reminders, with incredible configurability; many repeat options, custom sounds, pre-alarms, notes, Nag-me and snooze. My favorite feature allows for DayMinders, reminders that repeat throughout the day at select intervals of either 1 minute or 1 hour. I use this feature to remind myself to take a break, drink water, and re-focus on what I’m doing.

    Alarmed provides a Timer feature that lets you create timers up to 99 hours. You can also have the timer count up to track how much time you have spent on a specific activity. I use Alarmed to help me remember when to check the laundry, what’s cooking in the stove, how long I have spent on email, and how long my youngest has been playing Xbox.

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    Alarmed also has a built in Alarm Clock with Wake-Up Alarms and Sleep Timers. You can go to sleep listening to your favorite music, and wakeup to a different sound. The fade out and fade in feature and wake-up messages are icing on the cake. It’s free in the iTunes store.

    TellMeLater

    Whenever I find the need to remember something, I can just open up TellMeLater, type in a reminder and schedule it to remind me at the time I need to be reminded. When that time arrives, I can get an email, a direct message on Twitter, or phone notification.

    You can enter in single reminders or recurring reminders by the day, week, or month. Where TellMeLater shines is in its simplicity and ease of use. It’s a great little app for all those times you want to remember something later. $.99 in the iTunes store.

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    Timeless Reminders

    Want to be reminded of what’s important in life? Timeless Reminders allows you capture your most inspiring photos, videos, music, audio, and text to create personally meaningful reminders that inspire you to take healthy and productive action in your life.

    Health and fitness, relationships, events, creativity, goals, fun, mindfulness, and anything else you can think of. Timeless Reminders can help you remember them all with one time or recurring reminders. From simple reminders to take your medicine or call your mother, to weight loss inspiration, remembering to breathe.

    While this app is more time-consuming to set up, it makes up for that by being highly motivational and the beautiful interface doesn’t hurt. It’s free in the iTunes store.

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    In Closing

    While I don’t use all of these reminders at once, I have used them all at different times, depending on my needs. One is simple, one is multi-faceted, and the other is highly motivational. Moreover, there is a wide variety of other apps that work in a similar way. The most important thing is to choose which approach best works for you, so you will actually use it.

    (Photo credit: Red Tape Ribbon via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on December 18, 2020

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