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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Remember your dental hygiene with 'after' repeating tasks

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

One of the nice things about using Remember The Milk is the ability to recall periodic things that are just periodic enough that it's hard to recall them otherwise. Seeing the dentist for your semiannual checkup can be one of those things.

Bob T. Monkey remembers his dental hygiene

This week's tip, shared by risk, is as simple as can be: use a repeating task to remind yourself, and have the task repeat only after it's completed — in case you put it off for a while! :)

My dentist recommends going in for cleaning twice a year. I have a reminder task to make a dental appointment and it is set to repeat after 6 months. The task has a single note that chronologically lists each visit’s date and if more than just cleaning was required.

This does not make calling to schedule these appointments any easier and in fact the task stays overdue for months but at least I feel I’m doing myself some good by keeping track.

This can also be applied to other health checkups and general things you should be doing for yourself.

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

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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Remember to read Tips & Tricks Tuesday

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by Emily Boyd

You can't get much more meta than this week's simple tip, shared by davidscottweaver:

Even though I follow RTM on Facebook and Google+, I sometimes forget to read the week's winner of Tips & Tricks Tuesday. So I created a task for just that with the URL straight to the blog. Hopefully this is helpful.

Read Tips and Tricks Tuesday

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

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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Creating a habit of reading

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

It's said that it takes a month to create a habit. If you've gotten out of the habit of reading but want to get back into it, this week's tip, shared by chandra.gaajula, should help: a quick task will encourage you to keep up with your reading each day.

Bob T. Monkey gets into the habit of reading

Creating a habit takes the following:

  1. Clear idea of the goal and a believable game plan.
  2. Discipline to follow the game plan.
  3. A smart way to track progress.

It's in creating a smart way to track progress that I use RTM. So, for creating a book reading habit I did the following:

  1. Created a list "Books To Read"
  2. Added the book I wanted to read with the following particulars:
    • Task Name: Think and Grow Rich
    • Due:
    • Repeat: every 1 day for 30 times {where the 30 is the number of chapters in the book}
    • Time estimate: 30 min
    • Tags: none
    • Location: Home

Thanks for sharing this tip, chandra.gaajula! 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.

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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Organizing chores with Remember The Milk

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

Keeping house can be a daunting task — or set of tasks! This week's tip, shared by lostintranslatn, describes a way to break down your household chores into manageable chunks, and also offers an easy way to make sure everything's in order when you have guests!

Chores list

I use RTM to keep my household chores straight. I have a special list labeled "Chores", and within it I jot down everything that needs to be done. Things that should be done once a week (clean sheets on the bed, airing out the house, etc.) are tagged "weekly" and set to repeat as such. It makes it simple and fast to knock out these every-Sunday type chores.

Next, I have the house broken down into four zones (living area, upstairs area, etc.), and tackle one each week to guarantee that no part of the house goes longer than a month without deep cleaning. These chores are tagged "zone1", "zone2", etc. and are set to repeat after four weeks. THEN — as if that's not enough organizey goodness — I have "dinnerguest" and "houseguest" tags for easily generating a list of to-dos when I have the respective type of guest. So "clean the guest bath" gets both tags, but "change the guest sheets" only gets the latter.

But, the best part of managing chores with RTM? Sending tasks to my husband. ;)

We do love some organizey goodness! Thanks for sharing this tip, lostintranslatn! 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.

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