Apps for fighting forgetfulness

Another day, another mild case of functional amnesia, right? You manage to clothe, feed, and shelter yourself, but your life beyond that can quickly turn into a mismanaged mess. Use these free apps to help keep your ducks in a row


When it comes to keeping track of life’s many, many tasks,, iOS, web) offers plenty of options without being overly complicated. You can even forward an email message to turn it into a task–the 21st-century equivalent of stuffing Post-it notes all over your house. All your notes, tasks, and to-dos synchronise with the web-based version of so you can access them from just about anywhere.


MediSafe (Android, iOS) offers a simple way to remember to take your pills every day. Unlike most medical apps that look like they were designed in the mid-’90s and haven’t ever been updated, this app is easy on the eyes and straightforward to use. Once you’ve initially set up the medications you’re taking, you’ll get pop-up reminders when it’s dosing time. You can set your caretakers up to get notified if you haven’t taken your medicine–a handy plus–and there’s Android Wear and Apple Watch support built in as well.


Short of logging in to Facebook every 15 seconds, it’s hard to keep track of who’s turning what and when. Birthday Lab (web) helps you remember birthdays and other important events by sending you email notifications when it’s time to reach out to someone. You can hook the app up to Facebook to pull in all your friends’ birthdays, share notifications with other people, and manage everything in a handy calendar view.


When all else fails, you could simply try to be less forgetful. Peak (Android, iOS) is packed full of fun brain-building exercises meant to beef up your focus and memory. You’ll mostly indulge in various mini-games that get harder or easier depending on your progress. Keep coming back, and who knows? Maybe you’ll find those car keys after all.


If you ever have trouble remembering your myriad passwords, then LastPass will prove itself invaluable to you. The free version of this practical password-managing app stores all your passwords for any websites you visit and keeps them secure with strong encryption and a single master password. A premium version, available for $12 per year, stores and syncs all your passwords for all of your devices, so you’ll never need to remember them again. Except that master password, of course.

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