It’s easy to get distracted while online. Sure, maybe you started off wanting to check the stock market, but that led to reading an article on one website, which led you to another, then another, and then you decided to check your email, a couple sports scores and finally you got lost for a couple hours reading Facebook and Twitter updates. Where did the time go? Or maybe you have an important meeting coming up that you can’t forget. Thanks to a nice Google Chrome extension called RemindMe, both those situations can be easily dealt with.
RemindMe has two uses. You can send reminders to yourself after a certain number of minutes, or at a particular time. The first is a great aid when you think you might spend too much time doing something (like reading Facebook). Simply create a reminder set for twenty minutes from now, and when the time comes, you’ll get a pop-up notification. The second option, to create reminders set to go off at a particular date and time, makes RemindMe a potential solution as a calendar application. In face, RemindMe has the ability to integrate your reminders with Google Calendar, which would provide you with email and SMS notices as well.
Using RemindMe is simple. Just click on the new reminder icon in your Google Chrome toolbar. When the new window appears simply type in a name for your reminder. As an example, let’s use “Stop goofing off!” as our reminder text. Once you’ve entered the text, you’ll need to tell RemindMe when you want the reminder. By default, RemindMe uses “Remind me in…” as its model. Let’s say you want to allow yourself an hour to goof off, but after that, you need to get down to business. Set the “remind me in” fields to “0 days, 1 hour and 0 minutes” (or whatever you want). If you want, you can have RemindMe repeat the reminder. It can remind you every half hour, every hour, every day, every other day, every week, every other week, every month, every other month, or every year. Once you’re sure the reminder is set up the way you want, just hit the save button at the bottom and you’re done.
RemindMe also has an option where you set up your reminder using a “Remind me on…” model. In this case, you don’t want a reminder in a certain number of days, hours or minutes, you want a reminder at an exact time. This is perfect for when you have a phone call or meeting coming up, and need the reminder a few minutes ahead. Or maybe you have a paper or project due, and you want to send yourself reminders each evening to make sure you’re on task. Using this setting is the same as setting up a “remind me in…” reminder, except you set the date and time. To access this, choose the “on” option from the tiny drop-down menu, then pick the exact moment you’d like to receive the reminder. Again, just hit the save button and you’re done.
Regardless of which reminder type you chose (“remind me in” or “remind me on”), you’ll now notice that a number badge has appeared over your RemindMe toolbar icon. This number represents the number of reminders you have set up. By default, RemindMe plays a sound as well as showing a pop-up notification. There are four different alert sounds available, or you can turn this off. For your visual reminder, you can have the pop-up notification, have RemindMe open a new tab (showing your reminder text), both, or none.
One interesting thing about RemindMe is that it realizes you might miss some reminders. For instance, what if after setting your “Stop goofing off!” reminder, you ended up shutting down the computer after only 30 minutes. Your reminder would never have been shown. In this case, RemindMe considers it a missed reminder. If, however, you’re there when the notification appears (even if you don’t acknowledge it by closing the bubble or new tab), it considers it to be a “fired” reminder. You will always be able to look at any missed reminders, and also have the option to delete any “fired” reminders, or you can keep them.
Finally, if you use Google Chrome on multiple computers, I would recommend using its built-in synchronization options. Using this, Google Chrome not only synchronizes your extensions, but in the case of RemindMe, all your reminders are automatically synchronized, no matter where you are. So if you’re at home and you realize you’ll want a reminder tomorrow while in the office, simply create the reminder at home, and when you start up Google Chrome the next day, the new reminder will be synchronized for you.
It’s a pretty neat and easy to use system. Creating new reminders is simple, and I like having the option to create the two different types of reminders. The interface is nice, the reminders themselves use the built-in notification system Google Chrome uses, so the reminders blend in well, and all in all, it’s just a nice extension. It’s perfect for people on one computer or two, and for people who create a lot of reminders or just a few.