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Share how many tasks you've completed in 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011 by Emily Boyd

Wondering how much you've accomplished with Remember The Milk this year? We've been counting! Just login to the web app, and we'll tell you how many tasks you've completed in 2011.

There's also an option to share your achievement via Twitter or Facebook, if you'd like to let everyone know how much you got done this year. :)

Bob T. Monkey tweets how many tasks he completed in 2011

Posted in: New Features & Updates

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Tracking academic conferences and papers

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

For students on top of deadlines at school, if you're attending conferences, you can have those deadlines to contend with also. This week's tip, shared by seamus.bradley, offers an effective way to keep track of a conference's details so you make sure to submit your papers on time!

Bob T. Monkey's list of conference tasks

OK. This is actually a really obvious trick, but I actually didn't think of it for ages. So this just shows how dumb I am, maybe. But anyone else as dumb as me might benefit from this.

Despite the above dumbness, I'm actually doing a PhD. One thing this involves is submitting papers to conferences. So I put the submission deadline as a task in RTM. Now here's the clever bit: put the conference website in the url part! I know! Obvious, right? But for YEARS before I thought of this, I had to keep searching for the conference website every time I needed the details of the conference.

As well as this, I now have a 'conference' tag. And along with this tag, two other tags: 'abstract' and 'full-paper' which indicate whether the conference submission requires a full paper or just an abstract. (So in fact, I rarely ever visit the link to the conference any more…)

I've found similar tricks useful for job applications, too.

Thanks for sharing this tip, seamus.bradley! 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

Remember The Milk now available on the Kindle Fire

Friday, December 23, 2011 by Emily Boyd

Bob T. Monkey tests Remember The Milk on the Kindle Fire

Scored a Kindle Fire recently? The goodness of Remember The Milk for Android is now available on this device. The app was put through its paces by our Quality Assurance team (aka Bob T. Monkey), and after a few tweaks here and there, is now Kindle Fire ready and available in the Amazon Appstore.

Posted in: New Features & Updates

Circle us on Google+

Friday, December 23, 2011 by Emily Boyd

Google+ logo

Remember The Milk is now on Google+ (w00t!). We'll be sharing all the latest Remember The Milk news, tips & tricks, and more. (And yes, for those wondering, Bob T. Monkey may make an occasional appearance, too…)

Sound good? Circle us on Google+ to keep in touch with the Remember The Milk team. :)

Posted in: New Features & Updates

Android app update: Now Ice Cream Sandwich ready

Friday, December 23, 2011 by Emily Boyd

Before Bob T. Monkey heads off for the holidays, we wanted to bring you version 2.0.7 of Remember The Milk for Android. This update includes a bunch of small enhancements and bug fixes, detailed below.

Ice Cream Sandwich logo

Enhancements:

  • Update widgets for Ice Cream Sandwich (we prepared the app for ICS with our 2.0.0 release, but this final tweak means we're ready to call the app "ICS ready" :).
  • Updates to localizations for Chinese (Simplified), Danish, Portuguese (Portugal) and Spanish.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix issue with widgets not opening to the correct task list in some instances.
  • Fix issue with tag display on the Samsung Galaxy S II.
  • Fix issue with display of repeat interval "every [interval] [day name]".

Don't have the app yet? Learn more about Remember The Milk for Android.

Update: We've just released another Android bug fix update (2.0.8), as some users experienced an issue with widgets and/or shortcuts being removed from the homescreen when updating to 2.0.7 — sorry to those affected by this issue! :(

Posted in: New Features & Updates

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Short-term crisis management

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

When something unexpected happens, it can be hard to pick up and move forward. Or, at least, there may be a lot to pick up. This week's tip, shared by evanblackerby, discusses how he used Remember The Milk to navigate a tough situation he had never dealt with before.

We recently had a 4 ft diameter oak tree hit our home during a severe storm. My wife, son, and I were missed by the tree. We were all safe, but shaken. Three rooms on the house were destroyed by the tree and rain. We have had to deal with a tree service, insurance company, banks, and various contractors. Countless people. This is a lot to remember and keep straight. As crazy as it has been to be displaced for a few months, Remember The Milk has helped me keep it all generally straight. There is a lot that goes into rebuilding one-third of my home.

The way it works for me:

  • I immediately created a category called "The Tree" :-)
  • Everything under that category has a person connected to it. "Paul" my contractor. Electrician. Tree guys. My own personal duties (Evan).
  • I save each thought or question I have directed at a person. These come at random times.
  • Then I create Smart Lists based on each of the people involved in the process. This does the magic in our situation.

In the demolition/construction/renovation business the workers/bosses show up at random times. It is difficult to collect my thoughts on all things that I need to discuss with each of them. "Where to put these lights" or "why does that look crooked" or "is this supposed to be more sturdy than this?"

With the searches, my contractor can just show up and I run the search for "Paul" and all the questions for Paul show up. Same with insurance and bank people.

This tool has been invaluable through these uncharted waters these past 3 months. Thank you guys for helping us through this crisis.

Thanks for sharing your story, Evan. 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: Spend less time categorizing your tasks with keyword-based Smart Lists

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

It can be easy to over-organize your tasks in an effort to stay as organized as possible. If this is your tendency, you may appreciate this week's tip, shared by dougbrown77, which offers a refreshingly simple way to keep organized lists of tasks.

I found some time ago that I am prone to spend too much time categorizing tasks so that I may at some future point focus on those items. Remember The Milk's Smart Lists have helped me spend less time on categorizing which gives more time to actually do the things I need to do.

I use key words such as buy, call, visit, follow up, write etc. as basic categories. I have set up Smart Lists that search my tasks for these words and then display tasks with that word. For example, the Smart List buy will show me all the tasks with the word "buy". This allows me to concentrate on things that I need to buy.

Now the fun part, whether I am using Siri or Smart Add I can just input the words "buy tomatoes" and that item will show itself in the buy list.

Of course, I can add more categories and tags but I find that for most items this is enough information.

Thanks for sharing this tip, dougbrown77! 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

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

Friday, December 9, 2011 by Emily Boyd

Bob and a holiday friend

It's that time of year again! Looking for the perfect gift for the productivity obsessed? Or maybe you know someone (or hey, several someones) who could use a helpful 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, 2011, you'll receive 3 months of Pro for yourself. As an example, if you bought 4 gifts, you'd get a year 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 we provide). All the recipient needs to do is enter their code at a special page, and the Pro account is theirs!

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

Posted in: Special Offers

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Keeping track of past and future gifts

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

Bob T. Monkey... becomes a gift?!

As we're approaching the holidays, you may be starting to organize your gift lists for others. This week's tip, shared by miquelmartin, suggests a few ways to keep track of gifts you bought last year, to help organize your gifts this year, and to save a few ideas for next year too!

I sometimes have a hard time remembering what I've given someone as a present. On occasion, I may come up with nice ideas for future presents, and finally I can often use being reminded that the deadline's coming!

For all this, I keep a Presents list with yearly repeating items for each occasion and person (e.g. Brother's birthday). They are due 20 days before the occasion, and I use the notes field to add what I have given in the past, or ideas on what I might give in the future. I mark them as completed as soon as the buying is taken care of.

Thanks for sharing this tip, miquelmartin! 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