I’m a time junkie. If time is money, then I’m rich because nobody I know manages time better than me. You know what they say, “Time is money.” Of course, they also say, “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” So there’s that angle, too.
Managing time is an art form. Every action has an associated amount of time, so I stack and re-arranged actions like Lego blocks, but I keep them foremost in mind thanks to alarms, alerts, and a cleverly designed little app called Chimed.
Ding, Meet Dong
Chimed is not as much an alarm or alert or timer app as it is a friendly reminder app that can, well, chime at a specific time; specifically I like the specific times I can set for a specific chime.
They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!
There isn’t much to Chimed. Set it to a specific time and set the Chimed alarm.
Create as many alerts, hourly chimes, or timers as you can manage. They can be one-time reminders, recurring timers, with either vibrations or custom sounds. Yes, you can record your own timer sound.
Jean de La Bruyère:
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.
If you’re like me and stack up so many reminders and alerts you can’t remember which is what, Chimed helps out with filters and a display which ones are active. I like to break my hour up into quadrants with a specific chime for each quarter hour (actually, one minute before each quarter).
Chimed, for all its simplicity, has a relatively lengthy feature list.
- Creating and running multiple countdown timers and alerts
- Countdown timers that can be configured down to the second (not just hours or minutes!)
- Recording custom sounds for more meaningful notifications
- Customizing the number of sounds AND vibrations for each timer or alert (including matching the number of chimes to the hour of the day!)
- Setting a “silent” alarm with a custom number of vibrations
- Countdown timers that can be set to repeat (great for measuring all kinds of time intervals!)
- Quick access to different timers and alerts with categories and filters
- Modifying an existing timer or alert with one click
- Setting hourly chimes to mark the passing of time just like a grandfather clock
- A “Man, it wasn’t the AM/PM” feature to help prevent AM/PM alarm mistakes!
- Alerting without the need to manually shut the alarm or timer off
- A “snooze” option that can turn off alerts without opening the app
Kermit the Frog:
Time’s fun when you’re having flies.
Caveats? A few.
First, Chimed could use more, well, chimes; sounds, alerts, alarms. You can make your own but I’d pay more for a library of 100. You can never have enough cute alarms.
Second, an option to sync Chimed with iPad via iCloud or Dropbox would be a big plus.
Otherwise, Chimed remains my favorite sound alert for specific actions within an hour or parts of the day. It’s how I work. Not bad for a few bucks.
Time is an illusion.
Maybe. Maybe not. But we still have to deal with time.