Di­rec­tive

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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 DIY and car main­te­nance chores such as clean­ing the car, mow­ing the lawn, or sched­ul­ing an­nual eye tests 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 car.

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 when the lawn mower needs ser­vic­ing or what your car’s proper tyre 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 cen­tre, 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.

PRO PLAN

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 £3.99 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.

VERDICT

Di­rec­tive is a handy, in­ex­pen­sive way to keep re­cur­ring DIY jobs off your nor­mal to-do list.

Cre­at­ing new ‘di­rec­tives’ (in other words odd jobs) is easy with the pre­con­fig­ured home and auto op­tions avail­able. (iPad ver­sion shown here.)

Mark as com­plete, post­pone to a later date, or use one-tap ac­tions to re­order parts and sched­ule ser­vice when it comes due. (iPhone ver­sion shown here.)

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