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Welcoming Grant, our new Community Manager (Japanese)

Friday, April 27, 2012 by Emily Boyd

Grant Peterson

We're excited to welcome Grant Peterson, our new Community Manager (Japanese language). Grant took a one-way flight from the sunny beaches of San Diego to the majestic alps of Nagano in 2007, and has lived there ever since. Grant's been an avid Remember The Milk user for five years, and we're thrilled to have him on the team!

Grant will be blogging over on the Remember The Milk Japan Blog at blog.rememberthemilk.jp, where he'll be sharing all the latest Remember The Milk news, tips, and happenings. You'll also find Remember The Milk in Japanese on Twitter, Facebook, and (new!) Google+, so please follow us — Grant would love to hear from you!

For more on Grant, you can check out his introductory post over on the blog. Welcome to the team, Grant!

And in Japanese:

日本語コミューニティーを担当することになったグラント・ピーターソンを紹介します!2007年にグラントは飛行機の片道きっぷを買って、美しいビーチのあるサンディエゴ市から日本アルプスに囲まれている長野に来ました。それ以来そこで生活しています。5年間Remember The Milkを熱心に利用している彼はRemember The Milkのチームに参加して、私たちみんなワクワクしていすっ!

グラントはblog.rememberthemilk.jpで日本語版のRemember The Milk ブログを更新し、最新のニュースやヒント、そのほかの様々な情報をお届けします。日本語版の TwitterFacebook、(新たなに) Google+もありますので、ぜひフォローしてください!みなさんの意見・感想を聞きたいので、グラントに気軽に声をかけてね!

グラントをもっと詳しく知りたい方は、自己紹介を読んでください。チームへようこそ、グラント!

Posted in: Behind the Scenes

Join the team: Systems Administrator

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by Emily Boyd

Bob shows off his skills

You might think that with someone as skilled as Bob T. Monkey on the team, we'd have our systems needs covered. Alas, no — we need help! We're looking for a Systems Administrator to join the Remember The Milk team (this is a full-time, "work from anywhere" position).

Do you spend your days thinking of the perfect way to automate deployment and monitoring of systems? Do thoughts of unpackaged files send shivers down your spine? Do you know your puppets from your chefs? If this sounds like you, and you'd like to join us in our quest to make the world more organized and productive, head on over to the jobs page and get in touch!

(We have other positions available, too.)

Posted in: Behind the Scenes

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Should, Could, and Would lists

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

This week's tip comes from thorstenvpk, who suggests simplifying to a few lists. Without further ado:

I am overwhelmed with tagging, contexting and all that prioritization stuff.

Only 4 lists are in my RTM setup:

The main list: collecting all the stuff.

These 3: 'Should', 'Could', and 'Would' are Smart Lists with the criteria of priority 1, 2, and 3.

  • Should: these tasks have to be done by due (or hell freezes) – the must do
  • Could: these tasks have to be done – if time is given for them
  • Would: these things are on my wish-list, hope to get to them

Life could be so easy without the traditional to-do lists.

Should, Could, Would lists

Thanks for sharing this tip, thorstenvpk! 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: Where did I put that?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

It's not uncommon to misplace something. (Don't ask us how Bob can forget where he put a banana!) This week's tip, shared by pdkres, suggests keeping track of those extra-special, never-forget places where you put things so they'll be easy to find later.

Bob tries to remember where he put his bananas

I've wasted more time looking for things I put in a special place that I'm sure I'd remember. Of course I totally forget when it comes time to find them. It's frustrating and counter productive so I now use RTM to help me easily find everything I need, when I need it.

I created a tag called "where" that I use to label the items I need to find later. This works great for keys, papers, or anything you need to get your hands on without the hassle of trying to remember where you placed it. It's also really helpful if you need to retrieve something well into the future, as you can set a date to remind you, and never give it a second thought until then.

P.S. In case you haven't tried it and have an iPhone, I highly recommend setting up Siri to seamlessly enter your information into RTM.

Thanks for sharing this tip, pdkres! 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: Get creative with Emoji for Smart Lists

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

This week's tip comes from mstackhouse1, who has a neat suggestion to add a bit of color to your lists — perfect if you have a bunch!

Sometimes when you open your todo lists you are assaulted by a wall of plain text. Maybe a few colors, if you are using priorities. What if you could bring in some right-brained creativity to your left-brained lists?

For those of you using iOS devices and/or Mac OSX Lion, try naming your Smart Lists symbolically using Emoji–colorful icons–instead of words. In case you aren't aware, Emoji can be accessed via the Settings>General>Keyboard>International Keyboards page on your iOS 5.x device.

For example, many people have a "hot list" of items that is created via a Smart List saved search. Why not represent that with flames or rockets instead of words? Or a grocery list as an assortment of food icons? The possibilities are endless, and you are free to make a fresh change at any time.

Now, I don't personally use Emoji for regular lists or tags, because I want to be able to add items very quickly via twitter on the mac, and adding Emoji is a slower process there. But feel free to do that if it works for you. You can add them to your task titles too.

The Emoji sync and display just fine among iOS and Mac Lion computers, and are fully searchable just like text.

You will be amazed how much lighter and friendlier your Smart Lists and other items seem. Even better, you'll be able to see at a glance exactly what list is what without even thinking about it.

Thanks for sharing this tip, mstackhouse1! 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 'free trial' periods — and remembering to cancel!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

If you find yourself signing up for a variety of free trials or have anything that requires a renewal, this week's tip should help: chashmish shares a tip for keeping track of any trials or renewals that require some action so you don't forget!

I find RTM to be a very useful tool to keep track of my subscriptions – specifically for "free trial" periods (e.g., AccuWeather Premium, LinkedIn Premium, etc.). I had a bad habit of forgetting to cancel my free trials until after the trial end date had passed, and my card was already charged for the first month.

And that's where RTM comes in! Now, anytime I enroll in a trial subscription, I add a 'Cancel xyz' task to RTM with a 'subscription' tag. I set the due date to the day before my trial/subscription is over. This helps me remember to log into the website and cancel my subscription if I don't like the service.

I also find this useful for subscription renewals – like remembering to renew domains.

Thanks for sharing this tip, chashmish! 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