Remember The Milk
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Remember The Milk is a task-organizing app that does much more than guard grocery lists. This app can be helpful for both parents and responsible teens (users must be 13 or older) who have difficulty with executive functioning issues such as goal-setting, prioritizing, time management and/or organization. The app helps kids juggle long to-do lists, complicated schedules, and multiple project deadlines. The simple user interface is intuitive; just type in the name of the tasks and organize according to name, list (work, home, school, etc.), priority, due date, and time. A task can use all these categories or just be listed by name and list. Task lists can be accessed via many different mobile devices as well as the related website and more sources such as Google Calendar. Users can input tasks even if they don't have wireless access at the moment of entry. Alarm reminders on iOS devices can include a "Moo," "Cowbell," or normal alarm sound. For people with really long task lists, there's even a keyword search option. Complete and Incomplete tabs make clear what's left to do, and it can provide a little rewarding lift when users can tap Complete.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- set objectives
- time management
Responsibility & Ethics
- making wise decisions
Engagement, Approach, Support
Given this app's clean user interface, its visual simplicity will likely become a plus for engagement, as it makes it easier for teens to enter tasks.
While this app was created to enhance productivity, teens can learn the practical organization and time-management skills that are baked into the experience as they enter, categorize, prioritize, make notes for, and track multiple tasks.
Thorough Help and FAQ sections explain use and troubleshoot problems. The iOS version of the app supports VoiceOver, iOS's gesture-based screen reader, and it can be used in multiple languages.
What's it about?
First, create an account (users must be 13 or older) by registering your name, email address, username, and password. On iOS devices, swipe through task list components, divided into areas that work like stacked index cards for lists (today, this week, etc.), tasks, and then notes for each task. The Android app features a tap menu rather than swipe. Choose a list for your task, tap plus or Add Task, and type the task. A row of potential tags and options will appear, and you can choose what info you want to include for that task, its priority, and more. Add a note with extra info for the task, if desired. Tap the check mark when a task is completed.
Is it any good?
As with any task-organizing app, Remember The Milk is only as useful as the person entering and monitoring the progress and completion of tasks. But if used well and often, this app can help teens and adults stay on top of everything that needs attention. While the option to use this app across many platforms (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Outlook, and more) makes it easy to add and check lists often for up-to-date information, it also adds to the complexity of using this as a tool, especially if more than one person is adding items to the list.
Making notes within tasks and tagging tasks adds detail and makes searching easy. Listing a task as ongoing on certain days brings a scheduling component to this task organizer. Finally, and perhaps most important, tap the check mark to mark an item completed, and it'll disappear, shortening busy users' lists for at least a few moments before the next item is entered.
Families can talk about...
Discuss how to prioritize tasks with your teen. This app offers high, medium, and low priority settings.
If you have a highly scheduled teen whose task list is long, discuss using this app to prioritize rest, self-care, and even breaks from their digital life, too.