The culture of using alarms, reminders and digital to-do lists seems bigger than ever. But the method might not be what's keeping us from doing things. iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption iStockphoto All Tech Considered Digital To-Do Lists Are Fine, But What Really Motivates Us? August 15, 2014 There are many apps and services to encourage us to do all that we set out (and want) to do — walk the dog, call our mom, eat healthier. But is a reminder, or an alert, enough?