Remember The Milk
By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Multiplatform task list app makes organization easy.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Teens can learn organization and systems thinking when inputting tasks in this well-crafted app. Users practice decision-making skills, prioritizing, and time management while using Remember The Milk. It requires initiative and motivation to use this app properly and consistently, but as teens use this app they can grow those self-direction skills and see the positive results in their school work, organization, and time management as a result. Remember the Milk is full of potential as a free, easy task-management tool for helping teens learn organization skills.
Ease of Play
Easy to use, although the symbols (#, >, :, etc.) that appear along with the task markers can be confusing and add some visual clutter.
Products & Purchases
The premium version (which mainly adds auto-sync features, extra push notifications, and priority support for $25/year) is promoted lightly on the free app. If you're using it on Outlook, it's a 15-day free trial which must be converted to premium for continued use. The Android and iOS versions remain free, unless users choose to upgrade.
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.
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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.
Talk to Your Kids 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, Self-Direction: initiative, motivation, self-reflection, set objectives, time management, Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 20, 2012
- Category: Productivity
- Publisher: Remember The Milk
- Version: 4.3.12
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 1.5 and up
- Last updated: May 1, 2018
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