I've been thinking my about the TIME MEMO feature on some G-Shocks-- more on how it could be useful. In particular, since I favor the looks of the MTG910 (black metal atomic solar, but no countdown timer ).
My potentially useful situation would be to track the actual start and end-time of a particular event-- the CASIO watch manual at least states this much, but more particularly, what kind of events?
- document what time you start work and end work
- what time a metting started or ended
- track when you leave for and get home from work
- track when you leave for a bike ride (jog, exercise, etc.) and when you get back
- document sunset and sunrise times at your exact spot
But, then how do you remember which was a "start" TIME MEMO record and which was a "stop" TIME MEMO record. A bit baffled on this one.
TIME MEMO is certainly a very user-active feature rather than a passive reminder feature. It doesn't augment one's memory, in fact, it seems that it rather requires more memory work from the user: for the user must remember for what event or action they pressed the TIME MEMO button to create a record in the first place. If the TIME MEMO is used only for one type of event, then that's not so difficult, I suppose, but if you are tracking multiple different events, then I could see it becoming very confusing to sort out which TIME MEMO records 1 through 30 get assigned to each respect different event.
Some of the applications for TIME MEMO that I could think of include:
- Tracking Productive Working Hours:
It has been useful to me to use the stop-watch to track how long I work on a project over several days: I start the stop-watch when I work on the task, then stop it. I don't clear the stop-watch, and when I resume the work later in the day or on another day, the count goes on. Thus, I am a fan of the greater than 60 minute stop watch. However, using the stop-watch is great for tracking how much time I spent on a task, but it doesn't tell me when I worked on it. Herein lies a potential use for the TIME MEMO feature. When used together, the stop-watch and TIME MEMO features can help me track both how long I spent on a project and at what time of day I worked on it. Granted, I don't really need to track the time of day, rather the total hours are what's most important, but it could be a nice statistical track if plotted into a spreadsheet to look into when I was most productive on the task.
- Tracking on-time schedules
One could use the TIME MEMO feature to document several schedule of arrival event:
- tardiness: a student perpentually late for the start of class
- public transportation: if you take a train or bus to/from work, you could track the on-time arrival of your transportation. Given several weeks of data you could project a time-frame window for how early or late the bus/train arrives
- Airplane and Train Spotters (folks who enjoy watching airplanes and trains and document their sightings in terms of flight numbers, train numbers, etc.) might like a TIME MEMO feature to document the time of arrival of these activities
In general, it is well observed that the TIME MEMO feature is difficult, at best, to be a universally useful feature. I am really glad that it has been spoken in good standing for the documentation of when someone last took a medication! That is awesome! And, the multi-alarms useful to tell someone to take the next round of medications throughout the day!
The TIME MEMO is so different from the other modes/features on the G-Shocks. TIME MEMO is a very active feature (versus passive). The user engages it, and then it is over. There is nothing to set for it to accomplish in the future; ie, as a reminder to DO something. It does as advertised: records the time of an event. The biggest problem I have with the TIME MEMO is not so much its usefulness, but rather that you can't assign a TEXT MEMO to each TIME MEMO record-- or can you? If you are recording the TIME MEMO for several different events across the 30 record slots, you must rely purely on memory or envoke a pad and pencil to write the information down, thus one could just as easily jot down to paper the chrono information along with a text note.
As you can read, I have mixed feelings on the TIME MEMO feature-- struggling, encouraging-- to find some way to appreciate it in the fact that the MTG910 lacks a countdown timer.
With 5 daily alarms, I can see that one can use the alarms in place of a countdown timer with the matter of math to set the alarm to some time that equals what would be the countdown time. But, this is certainly not convenient, more so a hassle if one uses a 10, 15, 30, etc countdown on a regular basis.
I may just have to get a MTG910 to try it out. If nothing else, it would be a nice timepiece for which to have one Wave Ceptor in my collection.
And, the thinking on TIME MEMO continues....