To-dos are easy to remember if you have an app with reminders. Principles, personal goals, things that motivate you, or reminders to help you build good habits (or break bad ones) are trickier, and not well handled by apps that just ping until you ignore them. That’s where Remembered.io comes in, with a more habit-based approach.
Remembered.io isn’t really designed to help you remember your to-dos or regular responsibilities (although you could use it for that.) Instead, the service wants to help you remember things that are personally important to you. You can use it to remind yourself of those dream projects that seem to slip through the cracks, motivational tidbits to make the day a little easier or give your work a little more meaning, or just facts and data you hate forgetting but constantly seem to.
For example, if you’re struggling to quit smoking, and a photo of your loved ones will encourage you to do so, Remembered.io can send it to you at specific times a day, up to three times a day, right when you need it most. Similarly, if you need a little encouragement to stay motivated during a depressing time, the service can send you just what you need to keep going (whether it’s a quotable, a memorable passage from a book or speech, or something else) to help you keep going. When you’re tired of it, or just don’t want to see a specific reminder again, you can tell it you “remember” it, and it won’t show it to you again. The service keeps track of whether you look at those reminders and how often you look, so you can see easily how well you’re doing.
Part of this is based on the habit loop. Your remember me notifications serve as a “cue,” which encourages your routine (and thus, your reward.) I’ve been trying Remembered.io out for a while now, and it’s good at cycling reminders and giving you visual feedback to when you’re actually paying attention and when you’re not, which is great. Speaking of paying, the service isn’t free — it’s $US2.50/month, which the team behind it says they’re charging because: One, they think the service is worth your money, and two, that’s how they plan to stay afloat — you’re the customer, not the product. There is a free trial, however, and you can check it out at the link below.