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How I Use My iPhone Part 5: Hacking The Reminders App

How I Use My iPhone Part 5: Hacking The Reminders App

We're back with our 'How I Use My iPhone' series and this time we're going to show you how to do something that we all have to do on a weekly basis better: grocery shopping.

If you're like me (and most people), you probably do your shopping for things like groceries at the same store. The Kroger, Walmart, Valumarket or Rainbow Blossom that is in your neighborhood or closest to you. And if you're like me, if I don't go in with a list, I'm bound to come out with either more than I need or missing some of the things that I do need. But there is a way that you can hack the Reminders app on your iPhone to help you shop better. And it's super easy. 

Use the '+' At The Top Right To Create A List

I'm always looking for better apps than what came with my iPhone, and for the most part there is something made by a third party developer that will be much better than what came stock. But the Apple Reminders app is pretty solid. One way that I use it to help me be better is with shopping. Here's my hot set up: first I make a 'List' that will be dedicated to the store I'm going to visit. In this case, it's Kroger, because with where I live it's the best option for produce and the ilk. 

Once you're in your list, make an item that will always stay there. In mine I labeled it "Running Talley Of Kroger Stuff". Remember- don't mark this item off your list, as this is where you will put the location information which will trigger an alert on your phone when you're near the store you're going to shop at. 

Enter The Location Of The Store You Shop At

Now that you've got your list and your static item, click the 'i' on the right of the item ("Running Talley Of Kroger Stuff") to expand your options. Check the "Remind Me At A Location" option. Now put in the address of the store. Once that has been input, make sure you select "When I Arrive" and adjust the geofence to the smallest area possible. This will limit the notifications if you just drive by the store and don't park. Remember- the location information is stored in the static item- so don't delete it or mark it as completed. If you do your location reminder won't work.

Your Location Based Reminder List 

And that's it! You've now got a list that will trigger when you go to the store. You can keep a running tally of the things you need at the grocery (or whatever other store you choose) and it will pop up when you're there. This will help you maximize your trips and get everything you need. 

Do you have a tip for how YOU use your iPhone or Android device that helps you eek out a bit more productivity? Shoot me an email at Jason@YesLouisville.com! I'd love to hear about it!

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