Remember the Milk

LQ: 8.4


Brain grade: 8.8
Fun score: 8.0

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Remember the Milk is a highly organized task list and to-do app. Its benefits apply to a wide range of users, especially those who need to compartmentalize many different aspects of their daily lives. There are specific categories for nearly every kind of task, which users can program on their own. Tasks are assigned a priority and a due date, and can be set to repeat daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Tags help sort tasks even further, allowing users to search more specific and specialized lists. Despite the whimsical “cow” app icon, Remember the Milk is an app created as much for professionals as it is for children. Reminders are sent via email, push notification, or text and can be synced with iCal, Gmail, or a number of other calendar apps. Once users complete the task, they click the check at the top of the screen and mark the task as complete. During a particularly busy week users can also choose to postpone the task. Because Remember the Milk is so easy to use, we recommend it for children ages 8 and up.

Planning Activity

Talk to your child about prioritizing. Things that are time sensitive are traditionally given a higher priority. However, time does not always indicate the level of importance for a particular task or activity. Before your child makes his to do list for the upcoming week, be sure to discuss the each individual task, highlighting reasons why or why not it should receive a high priority. When you come to a consensus, assign each task either a low, medium, or high priority. Once the level is set, your child will know exactly what tasks need his immediate attention, and what tasks can wait. Ultimately, your child will become a more adept planner, as he will be able to rank activities in order of importance.

Organization Activity

Remember the Milk's personalized set of categories makes it much easier your child to stay organized. But the app only comes stock with a few default folders. The rest is up to your child to create. It's important that your child can create a set of categorize umbrella terms for his tasks and areas of interests. You can get your child started by suggesting a few folder names like "extra curricular activities" or "household chores." Maybe your child would like to get more specific. Suggest that he make a task folder for each subject in school. A folder simply titled as "schoolwork" might make it difficult to sort through an ever expanding list of homework assignments and long term projects. With separate Remember the Milk categories for each subject in school, your child will be armed with the a good organizational foundation for success in the classroom.

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