Inbox Reminders: The To-Do List App Killer

The Inbox Reminders feature is useful, easy, and integrated with my phone and watch. I don't need a separate to-do list app anymore. Here's why...

Be honest.  How many to-do list task management apps have you tried to use?  There are a ton of them out there.  Here’s my list…

To-Do List Apps I’ve Used

  • Google Tasks
  • Evernote
  • Remember The Milk
  • ToDo.txt
  • Any.do
  • Trello
  • Wunderlist

As you can see, I’ve tried a lot of them.  In a workplace where everything is digital, I always strive to improve my reliability, efficiency and prioritization by managing a list of to-dos.

Problems with To-Do List Apps

But all of these have had the same problem.  They are yet another app, tab, or window that I have to keep open all the time and remember keep checking it.  It’s almost like I need a to-do item to remember to check my to-dos… but then I forget about it.

Google Tasks almost had something good going for it.  The tasks window was inside of Gmail.  So then at least my email and my tasks were in the same place.  However, where Google Tasks failed was the lack of reminders.  I need a task to remind me to do something at a certain time, and I need it to do it well.

Inbox Reminders

Well, now that I’ve been using Inbox by Gmail, Google’s new take on email, there’s new competition for all of those to-do list apps.  Inbox has a feature called Reminders.

Inbox Reminders are great because you can create them from the red “+” icon as if you were going to write an email, or you set a reminder on a specific email, or you can use Google Now voice commands to say something “Remind me to take out the trash tonight”.  It would create the reminder for 7pm, it would show up in Inbox, and it would have at alert notification show up at 7pm saying “Take out the trash”.  I can do it and mark it as done, or I can snooze it until morning if I want to.

Overall, the reminders feature of Inbox seems much more useful, easy, and integrated with my phone and watch.  This brought me to the conclusion that I don’t need a separate to-do list app anymore.

What do you think?  Is the Inbox Reminders feature everything you want in a to-do list manager or not?

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