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Keep Track Of Frequent Tasks And Events With Recur

October 15, 2013

Recur! The Reverse To-Do List ($0.99) by Grailr LLC is a reverse to-do list. It is similar to other apps of this nature, such as 22 Days.

Creating good habits is always a hard thing to do, but it definitely helps to have some motivation. Or what if you have a special event that you want to remember how long ago it was? Keeping track of that can be hard as well without the right tools. Or perhaps you just want to see how often you do something over time. Regardless of what you’re after, Recur! is an app that can help you out.

I love simple apps that do one thing well, and that is just what you get with Recur. The app itself features a clean interface with plenty of whitespace, and the bright, standout green that is the color of choice for Recur. The design itself is optimized for iOS 7 devices (and this looks great on white front iPhones), with thin iconography and light typefaces. It’s overly plain, but with an app like this, that’s just what you want — the basics, without the extra fluff.

When you’re in the app, the first thing you’ll see is the list of recurrences. This will, of course, be empty at first. It’s quite an easy task to add new items, though, as you can either pull the screen down or tap on the + button in the top right corner (the former being the easier option). From here, just type in the event name, and if you want to select a specific date, tap on the calendar button. Otherwise, the event will have a “just now” timestamp. If you want to input a specific date, just use the native iOS 7 date picker wheel to indicate when the event occurred.

Once an item is added, you will see a circle with a number on the right hand side of that item. This is the number of times that you have done this task. Tapping on an event will bring in a contextual menu from the right hand side of the screen with three options: add new occurrence, reminder, and delete.

If you choose to add another occurrence, you can choose the timestamp for which it took place. The reminder option will give you a date and time picker wheel so that the app can remind you through notifications to do that task at a specified time. Delete will give users the choice of deleting it entirely, or just decreasing the most recent count. For fresh episodes, you can just swipe right on an item to add a new count to it.

Since Recur! is from the same guy behind the CARROT To-Do and CARROT Alarm apps, there is, of course, integration with CARROT, at least the to-dos. If you have CARROT To-Do installed, then you can import your tasks from CARROT into Recur, and keep track of how often you do them.

I’m always curious about how often I do something, and I’m incredibly pleased with Recur! so far. It’s simple, fast, and intuitive, all while looking fantastic on iOS 7. If you’ve been looking for an app to keep track of the number of times you’ve done tasks, whether it’s just out of curiosity or trying to stay motivated for creating good habits, then Recur is just the app for you.

Make sure to give Recur! a try in the App Store for your iPhone for $0.99.

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