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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Getting stuff done when money is tight

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

No matter what your economic situation, it can be helpful to keep an eye out for opportunities to save money — or at least to avoid spending it. This week's tip, shared by daubs, describes a way to keep track of which tasks you can do without spending any money.

Bob saves his cash

Like many of us, I am on a fairly tight budget in these economic times. Sometimes it's frustrating when I look at many of my tasks and investment of capital is needed to get many of them accomplished. For instance, one of my items listed is fix sprinkler system. However, my budget will not allow for that at the moment. So it keeps getting overlooked while I consider other items.

In order to streamline a list of items I can do when money is short, I have started tagging all my to do items that will not cost money with @free. Now, when funds are a bit lean I simply filter all my tasks with the free tag and I still can be productive without a burden of monetary expense.

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

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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Working on and off your computer

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

Working at a computer is a frequent task for many of us; just ask Bob! If that sounds like you too, then you will appreciate this week's tip, shared by ubuntudroid, which discusses a way to keep feeling productive when you need a computer break.

Bob on his computer

As I'm currently writing my diploma thesis in computer sciences and am also working as a programmer, I'm hanging around in front of my computer a lot. Sometimes I feel it's simply too much.

Therefore I created two Smart Lists, one for computer work which can be done now and the other one for tasks which can be done now away from the computer. If I feel my eyes are strained from computer work, I fire up the non-computer Smart List and choose a task from there.

Both Smart Lists are based on a "computer" tag which I assign to all tasks to be done at the PC. Here are the (pretty simple) searches for both Smart Lists:

computer work:
tag:computer AND (due:today OR due:never)

non-computer work (you already guessed it^^):
NOT tag:computer AND (due:today OR due:never)

Have fun with them and cure your eyes with a sweet non-computer task from time to time! :)

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

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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Monk to Done, a GTD approach

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

One of our perennial posts on this blog has been "Advanced GTD with Remember The Milk", a guest post by Doug Ireton, a fellow Remember The Milk user.

This week's tip, shared by waldir.leoncio, offers a simplified method for keeping track of your tasks in a similar way.

I've been lifehacking for quite a few years (maybe decades, if you consider the time before the term "lifehack" first appeared) and I've read about and tested quite a few productivity methods, but none of them has ever stuck for so long. In a matter of months I'd get sick of a method and would go search for another one. Just to name the two most famous: GTD is, in my humble opinion, too complicated and high-maintenance; ZTD is a step in the right direction, but it doesn't improve much. After years studying task/project management methods and adapting them to fit my style, I've come up with a system I have found to be optimal — for me, at least — and I'd like to share it with all the community. I'm a long-time RTM user, so this method naturally came to be 100% compatible with RTM.

I've never cared to name this method, but if I had to, I'd call it something like Monk To Done, since I think it is basically a simplification of ZTD, which in turn is a simplification of GTD. So, without further ado, here it is.

Read the full forum post to find out the details; it's quite thorough.

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

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An update on offline access without Gears

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 by Omar Kilani

We're big fans of offline web apps at Remember The Milk; when Google Gears was released in 2007, we spent a caffeine-fuelled weekend coding insanely to make Remember The Milk the first web app after Google Reader to work offline with Gears.

As many of you know, Google stopped development on Gears earlier this year, and Gears support has been removed in Chrome 12. The last releases of other browsers to have Gears support are IE 8 and Firefox 3.6 (so Remember The Milk will only work offline if you stay on these older releases, unfortunately).

The future of offline is, of course, HTML5. So, if we developed offline support with Gears in one crazy weekend, why haven't we released offline support with HTML5 yet? Good question. :)

Based on our testing, we don't believe that the HTML5 technologies required to re-implement offline support (AppCache, IndexedDB) and their various browser implementations are ready just yet for a production web app the size and complexity of Remember The Milk (similar sized apps are things like Gmail, Google Reader, Google Calendar, and the individual apps that make up Google Docs — yes, we really have that much code!).

This situation should change in the next few months, as Google works to make their apps available offline without Gears (offline for Gmail is targeted for delivery as a Chrome web app in the third quarter of 2011). We're continuing to keep a close eye on HTML5 and the browsers, and just as soon as the technology is ready, we plan to bring you guys fast and reliable offline support for Remember The Milk. Stay tuned. :)

Posted in: New Features & Updates

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Tracking your group-buy coupons

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

This week's tip, shared by bigphinsphan, highlights a great way to use your task list to organize your group-buy coupons and their locations, details, and expiration dates:

Groupon

I've started tracking my discount coupons purchased through sites like Groupon, restaurant.com, Living Social, etc. I will create a location that identifies where the associated coupon's business is located, link the business's URL, and identify the number of coupons, dollar value and business name in the task details. Expiration dates go into the due date field. I share this list with my wife, and then we always know what our inventory of deals are, when they expire and where the businesses are located.

I think this would be really handy for anyone who buys coupons and needs a good way to track them all.

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

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