How many ways can you use your Mac to remember to do stuff? Make a big list. Use the To Do list function in iCal. Send yourself email reminders. Set alarms in iCal.
Or, look around for a Mac app that’s easy to use and doesn’t cost much. After all, a To Do list is not a project management app. You just want to list tasks that need to get done and a list makes it easier to remember.
Trust me. There is not a shortage of To Do list apps for Mac users. Some are complex task managers, some are as simple as a click, some have hefty price tags, some are free.
If all you’re after is a simple To Do app, start here.
Remember is the kind of To Do functionality you’ll wish was already in Mac OS X.
A To Do list is a list of tasks. Fix this. Do that. Call so-and-so. Mail this. Cook that. Meet here. Go there. Your Mac can make To Do lists but it’s a clumsy function buried in iCal. Remember is a free To Do list manager with a few extras.
Pop Up To Do List Or Menubar To Do List
Remember has two homes on your Mac. The Menubar or as a pop up, standalone app. Both modes are easy to use, uncluttered, out of the way until you need to check the list or add to the list.
The standalone mode makes it easy to create and file tasks in a quasi-pseudo task management way. Think of Shopping as the project, and the list of items to buy as the tasks.
Remember lets you see how many To Do items are in each with a minimum look and a minimum of options. You can set due dates and labels. Or, do the same thing from the Mac’s Menubar.
Click on Remember’s check mark and the To Do list drops down, but with the same functions as the standalone mode. Create folders to represent more complex tasks and multiple to do lists.
Lumping To Do items into a folder is easy, as is the option to assign a due date to a task. Click the green Plus button and a calendar drops down. Select the date and you’re done.
Remember’s preferences are spartan. Leave the window on top of all other windows. Attach the window to the Menubar. Show the icon in the Dock or the Menubar. Start Remember when you start your Mac.
Other features are handy and totally non-complex.
If you have long lists of To Do items and folders, Remember can stretch to fit the list of contents.
Due dates can be set automatically. Keyboard shortcuts can be set to show or hide Remember and make a new task. To Do lists can be sorted by name, label, or due date. For a huge To Do list there’s also a built-in search function. You can even print To Do lists.
What’s missing? Alarms.
No auto alarm system means you have to check Remember regularly to remember what’s next on the To Do list. I’m a single parent (three kids and a husband) with a lot of things to do and one that I forget to do is to check my To Do lists. Remember needs an alarm system. Considering that Remember is free, it’s a very good deal as is.