Directive review: Reminder app designed with home and auto needs in mind
Stay up to date on routine home and automobile maintenance to reduce the need for costly emergency repairs and provide peace of mind.
By J.R. Bookwalter
At a Glance
Dedicated maintenance reminder app for macOS, iOS, iPadOS
Actions make reorders, scheduling appointments a breeze
Free for up to ten maintenance tasks
Annual Pro subscription required for cloud sync, custom repeat intervals
No support for non-repeating tasks
Occasional bugs when editing custom task names
Directive keeps users up to date on routine home and automobile maintenance to safeguard important things in your life, reduce the need for costly emergency repairs, and provide peace of mind that crucial safety equipment works in case of emergency.
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Although I love Fantastical, there are tasks on my to-do lists that would be better served by a different kind of app. Reminders for recurring household and automotive maintenance chores like changing furnace filters, having the septic tank pumped, or scheduling annual eye exams and dental cleanings are just a few of the important services that are easy to be overlooked when intermixed with unrelated one-time tasks.
These are exactly the type of reminders Directive was created for. Free to download and use for up to ten maintenance tasks on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, the app comes preconfigured with more than 30 of the most common, repetitive chores faced by those who own a home or automobile.
Directive can’t perform the actual task for you, but it’s easy to add new tasks, customize the name, assign a category (home, office, et al), when the maintenance was last completed, and how frequently it should be performed in just a few clicks. You can even add details specific to each task—great for remembering which size furnace filter you need to buy, or what your car’s proper tire pressure should be.
Directive also allows assigning one-click actions to each task. These can be used to reorder parts on Amazon (or another online store), initiate a call to the doctor’s office or service center, and find the nearest location based on task name. While you can add custom categories and details, only nine actions are available in the current version.
Directive displays upcoming tasks as a list sorted by next due date. Overdue tasks appear in red under Due Soon, along with those that fall within the range set in preferences: Due in One Week, Two Weeks, 30 Days, or Today. There are optional alert reminders, and when a task comes due, you can either mark as complete or postpone to a later date (one week or one month).
For those who need to keep tabs on more than ten maintenance tasks, developer LittleFin offers an optional recurring Pro subscription for just $3 per year. This allows users to add an unlimited number of tasks, as well as cloud sync to keep all your devices on the same page.
Directive Pro also enables setting custom repeat intervals for when the eight default monthly and annual options aren’t enough. Unfortunately, there’s no way to create non-repeating tasks, so any one-time maintenance reminders will have to stay on your regular to-do list for now.
Directive is a handy, inexpensive way to keep recurring maintenance tasks off your normal to-do list.