Google Reminders

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Google Calendar helps me keep track of what’s next and to-do lists help me keep track of what’s important. Having them together in one place helps me stay organized. Google Reminders is a great way to keep my to-do list on my calendar instead of in a separate app. This feature was added to our UMN Google Calendar in April.

To create a reminder, click in your calendar and select Reminder in the pop up window. If you don't see Reminder, you can enable Reminders through the Tasks calendar settings (see section below about Tasks). Type your reminder and select a specific date and time to be reminded. If your reminder does not have a specific time, select All day. You can even set reminders to repeat. Reminders are private and are not viewable even if your calendar is shared with others.





Reminders will carry forward to the next day, until you mark them done. Mark the reminder as done by clicking on the reminder and select Mark as done.


Reminders vs Tasks

Reminders are meant to be used instead of Tasks so you will have to make a choice if you use Tasks. Tasks will not transfer to Reminders by default so you will have to set that yourself by clicking on the settings of your Tasks calendar.


If you are a big Tasks user you may miss the Add to Tasks feature in Gmail but stay tuned for next week's QuickBytes post about Google Keep! Google Keep is a great to-do list app that works with Reminders!

So what will you use? Tasks, Reminders or something else? Leave your comments below!

7 comments:

  1. I have tried "tasks" every once in awhile. I like the idea of "reminders" the calendar. I now just put reminders as an all day task. I'm looking forward to hearing about "keep". Hoping it combines them all.

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    1. I, too, have tried Tasks over time -- making any app a habit can be tough for me. Google Keep has a mobile app which is a game-changer for me. Still in the process of making it a habit but I think this one will stick. Thanks for reading and your feedback!!!

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  2. Interesting option. I've been using "Tasks" for some time so will wait to see what "Google Keep" has to offer and if I should make the switch.

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    1. I think if you LOVE the option of turning email messages into a task, it might be tough to give that up. But Google Keep may have some additional features that you might like more. We shall see... Thanks Tana!!

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  3. If "reminders" could do some recurring reminders--that would be great! I wish my BELOVED Google Tasks would do that. Do you know if Reminder will repeat something monthly?

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    1. YES!! You can repeat reminders which is the best feature! It works similar to calendar event repeats...daily, weekly, monthly, etc.

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    2. Yes, I am digging the option to make my reminders repeat.

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