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Give the gift of organization, and we'll give a gift to you!

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Emily Boyd

Bob T. Monkey and friend

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the productivity obsessed? Or maybe you know someone who needs a friendly nudge to get organized? Give them Remember The Milk Pro, and we'll give you a little something too. :)

For each 1 year Gift Pro account that you buy between now and December 31, 2014, you'll receive 3 months of Pro for yourself. If you're the generous type and buy a 2 year gift, you'll get 6 months of Pro for yourself!

When you purchase a Gift Pro account, we'll give you a special gift code to give to the lucky recipient (you can send it via email, or print out a handy gift card). All the recipient needs to do is enter their code at a special page, and the Pro account is theirs!

The full details are available at our Holiday Special page. Happy holidays, everyone!

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Moving house with a list of tasks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Andrew Conkling

Moving is an ordeal unto itself, and comes with a variety of tasks both small and large, important and urgent, and plenty in between. This week's tip, shared by julio.bree, suggests breaking down your list of tasks so they stay organized and straightforward, keeping you level-headed!

Hello everyone, I'm a huge fan of RTM and I use it everyday. That's why I got an idea to use it, when I moved together with my girlfriend:

I created a list called "move" and used it for all the different assignments and tasks I would have to cope with, when moving into our new flat. This includes painting, putting down a new floor, cleaning and (of course) buying a lot of new furniture.

In order to gain an overview of all the different needs for the rooms (mine were 6: kitchen, living room, hall, study room, bath, sleeping room), I started to add the tasks in a certain form:

The first term was always the room, e.g. "kitchen", then followed by the actual task (i.e. painting, cleaning etc.) or the required piece of furniture (e.g. base cabinet).

By doing it that way, I had a fluent list of all my rooms in "blocks" due to the alphabetical order of the tasks in RTM, when there are no dates or priorities.

To illustrate it:

  • Bath: Buy new toilet lid
  • Bath: Buy small carpet (max. 40cm x 60cm)
  • Bath: Buy base cabinet for under the sink
  • Bath: Clean tiles, mirror
  • Hall: Put down laminate
  • Hall: Paint walls in white
  • Hall: Nail the hall-stand to the wall
  • … etc. etc. etc.

RTM also allows to assign links to the tasks, so remembering the right piece of furniture, paint etc. was no problem at all.

Sometimes some tasks are more urgent than other ones, so what I simply did was adding a date or a priority to the task. When that was done, the list (according to its urgency) reorganized itself, so that the important tasks were on the top of all tasks, but still in alphabetical order.

That way the move was easy, fast and without any problems and thanks to RTM, we didn't forget anything and live together happily.

Thanks for sharing this tip, Julio! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

Do you have a suggestion for our weekly Tips & Tricks post? Got an interesting set-up or idea? Head over to the Tips & Tricks forum, add a new topic, and let us know how you use Remember The Milk. Each week we'll give away a 1 year Pro account to the user whose idea inspires the Tips & Tricks Tuesday blog post for that week.

Posted in: Tips & Tricks

Birthday #9

Monday, October 20, 2014 by Emily Boyd

Bob T. Monkey celebrates birthday #9

This month we celebrate Remember The Milk turning nine years old. Yes, nine!

We'd like to say a mahoosive thank you to everyone who's supported us over the past nine years (including those UK users who recently taught us the wonderful word, "mahoosive"). Of course, an extra special thanks goes to those who've upgraded to Pro, as Remember The Milk quite literally couldn't exist without you!

From Bob and the team, thank you all for using Remember The Milk! :)

P.S. Anyone like shiny new things? You should join our Pro Tester Program. ;) If you're already a member and haven't received an invite from us to test something recently, let us know!

Posted in: Behind the Scenes

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Using priorities to measure progress

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Andrew Conkling

Sometimes bigger tasks can seem to pile up, which can be discouraging or distracting. This week's tip, shared by hiteshnh, suggests distinguishing in-progress tasks with priority 1.

Using RTM for my project management role, I came to realize that it is not uncommon for tasks to be piled up in any list or Smart List. Sometimes, I am not able to strike off a task from a list even though I have made some progress in it. For example, I’m halfway through the task of reviewing a report or preparing a presentation.

I figured it would be better to use priorities as a measure of progress made in a task. So I assign priorities 2, 3 and N to tasks having High, Medium and Low levels of urgency while reserving Priority 1 for showing tasks in progress.

You could also assign these numbers to varying percentages of completion like 75% – Priority 1, 50% – Priority 2, 25% Priority 3 and 0% (Not started) for N.

Thanks for sharing this tip, hiteshnh! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

Do you have a suggestion for our weekly Tips & Tricks post? Got an interesting set-up or idea? Head over to the Tips & Tricks forum, add a new topic, and let us know how you use Remember The Milk. Each week we'll give away a 1 year Pro account to the user whose idea inspires the Tips & Tricks Tuesday blog post for that week.

Posted in: Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Keeping track of work projects

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Andrew Conkling

When you're balancing your day-to-day work with future projects and ideas, it can be tricky to juggle everything. This week's tip, shared by adamrakich, describes a nice way to keep your projects on your radar without them cluttering up your daily work.

At my work, I have my day to day meetings and appointments, but I also have a lot of longer term projects (from my boss and also my own ideas) to keep track of.

I use RTM to keep them out of mind until I have time for them!

I have a #project tag within my Work list, and whenever I think of a good idea, or get assigned a non-time-specific project (often!), I put it in against #project with a due date in the distant future.

Then, whenever I don't have anything to do, I can go into the Work Projects Smart List I've created, see what's there, pick one and set the date to today, and off I go!

This way, I don't forget anything, but projects don't take up my list (and my thinking!) when I don't have time to deal with them.

Thanks for sharing this tip, adamrakich! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

Do you have a suggestion for our weekly Tips & Tricks post? Got an interesting set-up or idea? Head over to the Tips & Tricks forum, add a new topic, and let us know how you use Remember The Milk. Each week we'll give away a 1 year Pro account to the user whose idea inspires the Tips & Tricks Tuesday blog post for that week.

Posted in: Tips & Tricks

Bug squishing update for iOS 8 now available

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Emily Boyd

We now have an update available on the App Store that fixes the previously mentioned bugs with our app on iOS 8. If you're still experiencing any weirdness in the app after updating (e.g., tasks not showing up, task counts being incorrect), here's what to do:

1. Check that the app is on version 3.0.4

We've seen some cases where the App Store says that it's updated the app, but… it actually hasn't. You can double check that you're on the latest version with these steps:

  1. Open the Remember The Milk app.
  2. Navigate to the Settings screen by tapping its icon on the upper left.
  3. Tap About.
  4. Verify that the version number shown is "3.0.4".

If an earlier version number is shown, head back to the App Store and update again (and repeat until the version shown is correct :).

2. Reset the app

If you've verified that the app has updated correctly, but you're still seeing some weirdness, it's possible that the tasks are still in a buggy state from the previous version of the app. :( Follow these steps to fix this issue:

  1. Open the Remember The Milk app.
  2. Navigate to the Settings screen by tapping its icon on the upper left.
  3. Tap Reset at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap Erase All Content and Settings and confirm your choice. This will erase the application's content from your device and restore settings to defaults.

If you're still encountering any issues after trying these steps, please get in touch. Bob (and the team) would love to help you!

Posted in: New Features & Updates

Bug squishing progress for iOS 8 [updated]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Emily Boyd

When the final version of iOS 8 became available to developers last week, Bob was sad to discover that there are a couple of issues with the Remember The Milk app. :( The known issues are:

1. Properties don't display in editing dialogs (e.g., edit task)

This is a display issue only, and you can still see the property by tapping on it.

2. Occasionally when the app is loaded, the tasks don't appear

If this happens, it's necessary to force the app to close before opening it again:

  1. Tap the Home button to return to the Home screen. Make sure not to skip this step!
  2. Double-tap the Home button.
  3. Swipe left or right until you have located the Remember The Milk app.
  4. Swipe the app's preview up to close it.

Bob's been coding furiously ever since we discovered these issues, and expects to submit a bug squishing update to Apple shortly. If you plan to upgrade to iOS 8 immediately, please be aware of these issues (and we apologize profusely if you encounter them!).

Update, September 24: We've submitted the bug squishing update to Apple, and we're just waiting for it to be approved. Thanks for your patience!

Update, September 25: Our bug squishing update is now available on the App Store, woot!

Posted in: New Features & Updates

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Keeping track of produce

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Andrew Conkling

Bob eats bananas all the time — but for the rest of us it may take a bit more work to make sure we're eating our fruits & vegetables. This week's tip, shared by niemansj, puts the "produce" in "productive" by suggesting a list to make sure you eat it before it goes bad.

Bob keeps track of produce, especially bananas

Moving to a big city has made fresh produce and meats much more available to me, but it's easy to forget about certain items and find them after they've gone bad. :(

To prevent this, I created a list called "Perishables".

Every time I get home from the store, I take a minute to create a task for each perishable item I bought.

The due date is set to the expiration date. Many fresh veggies don't come with a date, so I do a quick google search to determine the average shelf life and set it to one or two days before just to be safe.

I tag each item with its location in the fridge or the cabinet or the countertop, and I use the notes to include the link to any recipe I might be using it in. If there's ever a certain recipe I want to make quickly due to it involving things that will quickly go bad, I set it to high priority to bring it to the top of my list.

From here, I regularly check this list to make sure I'm choosing my meals while keeping expiration dates in mind. It's a very useful reference as the items are ordered by date which allows me to cook things in the right order and avoid forgetting about my produce!

Thanks for sharing this tip, niemansj! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

Do you have a suggestion for our weekly Tips & Tricks post? Got an interesting set-up or idea? Head over to the Tips & Tricks forum, add a new topic, and let us know how you use Remember The Milk. Each week we'll give away a 1 year Pro account to the user whose idea inspires the Tips & Tricks Tuesday blog post for that week.

Posted in: Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Keeping track of reading assignments

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Andrew Conkling

For those in school, it can be tough to keep up with assignments and readings. This week's tip, shared by polindsay, suggests keeping track in a list so you can pull it up when mobile or at a computer, or even print it out for an easy stash in your textbook. :)

Bob T. Monkey keeps up with his reading

RTM has been a life saver for me when it comes to keeping track of homework and assigned reading for my college classes. At the beginning of each semester, I make a list for each class. I gather all of my syllabi and enter the tasks into their assigned list. It's a little tedious for a day or so, but it's much easier than pulling out my binder to check the syllabus when I do homework, or to try to record everything in an agenda which I'm bound to lose. It's great to be able to pull out my phone, look at the widget on my home screen to see what I need to work on, and watch the list shrink as I complete tasks.

But what about those times when I don't have my phone, or if I'm in a class where the professor assumes I'm not paying attention? I found a solution for that too!

On the RTM web app, I go to the list I want and then click Print in the upper right hand corner. That takes me to a print-friendly page of my list. I load a piece of card stock (resume paper works well too) into the printer and hit print. If the list is longer than one printed page, I flip the page over and send it back through to create a double-sided page. Then I fold the paper so it's small enough to fit in my textbook and voila! A bookmark with all the important assignments and test dates on hand!

Thanks for sharing this tip, polindsay! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

Do you have a suggestion for our weekly Tips & Tricks post? Got an interesting set-up or idea? Head over to the Tips & Tricks forum, add a new topic, and let us know how you use Remember The Milk. Each week we'll give away a 1 year Pro account to the user whose idea inspires the Tips & Tricks Tuesday blog post for that week.

Posted in: Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Using the mobile apps to record ideas immediately

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Andrew Conkling

When an idea comes to mind, or you remember something you have to do, the moment can be fleeting — and don't those moments always arise at the most inopportune times? This week's tip, shared by jacktuttle, suggests adding a task to your Inbox so you can get it out of your head without forgetting it when you need it. :)

I’ve been making lists for as long as I can remember but, since discovering RTM a few years ago, I have used it virtually every day and my productivity has increased a great deal as a result. I use RTM in lots of different ways and have found the forums helpful in coming up with different Smart Lists. The beauty with it, I find, is that it has become more and more useful the more I use it. However, the greatest use I get from it is by following a relatively simple technique.

I’ve read numerous times that the greatest thinkers in history often carried notebooks around with them so they could record ideas whenever anything entered their mind. This is a theme repeated by many of the top productivity bloggers who I follow. However, carrying a notebook with me when I am out and about often isn't practical, but carrying my iPhone is normal and tapping an idea, however brief, into the RTM iPhone app and creating a new task is easy. It doesn't necessarily have to be particularly coherent; all that matters is I record the idea, whether that is for a new business, a book, an article, an exercise, or whatever.

The new task then automatically appears in my Inbox. Later, when I get to my computer (or using the app if I am, for example, commuting by train), I can go through my Inbox and deal with these idea tasks accordingly. This can involve completing them, tagging and adding them to another list, or adding new next-step tasks. Sometimes I don't get around to dealing with the task for a while, but the important thing is I recorded something which I almost certainly would have forgotten otherwise.

Thanks for sharing this tip, jacktuttle! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

Do you have a suggestion for our weekly Tips & Tricks post? Got an interesting set-up or idea? Head over to the Tips & Tricks forum, add a new topic, and let us know how you use Remember The Milk. Each week we'll give away a 1 year Pro account to the user whose idea inspires the Tips & Tricks Tuesday blog post for that week.

Posted in: Tips & Tricks