Finish. The Procrastinator's To-Do List.

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Solid tool breaks things down, signs you up for free offers.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

While this won't teach kids about time management, it can support them as they try to build better habits. 

Ease of Play

A short overview gets kids started, but they will need to explore to get all of the finer details.

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Kids are rewarded for completing tasks with product samples and trial offers that require submitting information to other websites (no parent gate). 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Finish. The Procrastinator's To-Do List." is a tool for helping kids imagine the steps they need to take to complete a project and then remember to stick to a timeline. It's basically a to-do list with steps, but kids are rewarded for completing steps early. This comes in the form of free samples and trial offers, such as a free trial of Ancestry.com or Gamefly.com. The offers/products are not necessarily geared toward kids and are often generally available with a new registration on those sites. Moreover, redeeming them requires entering personal information. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

"FINISH. THE PROCRASTINATOR'S TO-DO LIST." is a tool for helping to break down larger projects and learning to complete things ahead of schedule. Kids can add a main goal with associated tasks, all of which have due dates. If kids complete a due date ahead of schedule, they receive a reward such as a free sample or a trial offer from another site. As due dates draw near, kids can receive a reminder on their device to keep them on track. They can also view a calendar of due dates, as well as a list of upcoming tasks and deadlines.

Is it any good?

While rewards are a great way to help curb procrastination, it only works if the rewards are worthwhile. What makes "Finish. The Procrastinator's To-Do List." stand out from other to-do list and reminder apps is the reward system. Unfortunately, the rewards as of the time of review were not at all exciting and require the user to surrender lots of information. A free trial to a website that already offers a free trial isn't terribly compelling, and the free offers are clearly not geared to the user. Beyond that, the app does what it's meant to. Kids can track their main projects and tasks and receive reminders when things are due. There isn't room for customizing colors or adding icons, so it doesn't have a ton of kid-appeal. Above all, users should be aware that the app is free because they're expected to sign up for free offers, which means lots of collection of personal data.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about learning with apps like "Finish. The Procrastinator's To-Do List." Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why or why not? What can you learn? Do you think it can help you be more productive? Why or why not?

  • Families can talk about time management. What are some ways you can make a larger project more manageable? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, time management
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 15, 2015
  • Category: Productivity
  • Size: 17.20 MB
  • Publisher: Basil Ltd.
  • Version: 3.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

For kids who love time management and staying focused

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