Like most of us, I have more information that I can remember in my head, (from work todo list, home todo list, honey todo list, kids schedule, code snippets, reminders, shortcuts that I want to remember, things that I would like to read later). I struggle with keeping all these in my head. I have tried virtually all todo lists, note taking apps (that I can think of), without much success.

I am looking for a non-intrusive pop up reminder that would randomly show short notes on my windows desktop, to help me remember that. I am envisioning random pop-up notification for my personal notes.

There used be a Growl for Windows, that shows such popups, without interfering with workflow. It is not developed anymore with Windows 10 notifications. But I am using Windows 7.

Things I have tried so far with little success:

  1. Task Scheduler to show messages (it is not easy to add messages)
  2. OneNote/Evernote to keep all my notes, but I forget to look at that!
  3. Sticky Notes (but it gets overwhelmingly long)
  4. Some free reminder apps, but they need to set to fixed time/date, I am looking for a random note reminders.

I am looking for a simple, random non-intrusive pop up that randomly shows notes from a source file (preferably text file).

  • What about "todo" via the use of Slack?
    – DankyNanky
    Dec 29, 2017 at 9:44
  • "Non-intrusive pop up reminder" sounds a bit like an oxymoron to me. Perhaps some more details will help clarify. What does "non-intrusive" mean in this context? Dec 16, 2020 at 8:17

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I love Marxio Timer for Windows

It seems to be no longer supported and has disappeared from a lot of download sites, but if you search for it you can still find it, e.g here (April 2018).


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