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Nag for iPhone

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Nag : Timer Alarm

Are you the type of person who struggles to get things done each day? If so, working in short, focused bursts may change that—I’ve certainly found that doing so helps me be more productive. Nag, an iPhone iPod touch app from Electric Pocket, offers multiple timers to help you stay on task. After putting the app through its paces, I found that this interesting productivity tool works well.

The Time Has Come: Nag uses timers and alarms to remind you of when tasks are to be done.

Nag offers customizable multiple timers in a dead simple package. You set a task (or tasks) and a timer to go along with it. Let’s say you need to remind yourself to take the laundry out of the dryer in 45 minutes. You set a timer for 45 minutes with a reminder to take out the laundry, and Nag begins the countdown. That’s all there is to it.

Nag operates in five minute increments. Timers are available in five, ten, 20 or 30 minute settings. The app also allows you to set up a timer for one hour or “up to the next hour”—an option that sets a timer which goes off at the top of the hour. Want to get more precise? Nag allows you to add or subtract minutes from each increment, too.

After you select a time, Nag begins counting down automatically. I initially struggled to understand if I was actually setting an alarm during testing. The app does not have a start button or give any initial indication that you started a countdown. Some sort of notification here would have been nice.

Still, Nag is impressive for its simplicity and ease of use. Timers needn’t be complicated; after all, you’re using a timer to concentrate or something else, be it writing, cooking, cleaning or some other household chore. An effective timer should fade into the background until it goes off, which is exactly how Nag behaves on the iPhone.

Nag performed well during testing, both when it was open on my screen and when it was running in the background on my iPhone. I set multiple alarms at the same time without any issues and have no trouble editing active alarms.

Nag is a worthwhile investment for anyone that wants to stay on task and increase their productivity. Sometimes all it takes to get organized is the right tool, and Nag is proof enough of that.

[Macworld contributor Brendan Wilhide covers the sports industry and social media on Sportsin140.com.]

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Nag : Timer Alarm

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