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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Add tasks super fast with text shortcuts and Smart Add

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

If you spend a lot of time typing on a smartphone keyboard, you'll know that it can be a bit tedious when typing a lot of special characters. This week's tip, shared by fabian.hemmert, suggests using built-in text shortcuts to make typing much more efficient, whether you're in one of our mobile apps or adding a task via email or Twitter.

The Remember The Milk apps for iPhone and iPad are great, especially adding tasks with Smart Add. However, if you often use the same combinations of tags and properties, you might want to bring them to super-speed with this simple usage of iOS's text shortcuts:

iOS's Shortcuts allow you to enter a short text that will be replaced by a long one. Normally, this is used for addresses and the likes, but it works also great within the RTM app's Smart Add bar. For instance, I have created this shortcut:

thgt —-> ^never #thoughts !

This will automatically set the due date to 'never' (my default is 'today') and add the task to the 'thoughts' list (and not clutter my default list, the inbox). Using the exclamation mark as the shortcut's last character will also allow you to set the task's priority right after entering the shortcut, which may also come in handy (simply press backspace if you confirmed the shortcut by pressing space, which is the easiest way to do it).

I have found this particularly useful because it doesn't require me to switch to the special characters iPhone keyboard (for ^, # and !) or leave the regular keyboard (to tap the icons, which are great for more selective entries) while entering the task.

I'm sure it works also on desktop and Android, any text expander software should do the trick!

Thanks for sharing this tip, fabian.hemmert! 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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Introducing Remember The Milk reminders for Mountain Lion (and browsers, too!)

Thursday, July 26, 2012 by Emily Boyd

When we upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion yesterday we had two thoughts: 1) Notification Center is awesome! and, 2) If we could show Remember The Milk reminders in Notification Center, wouldn't it be even awesomer? One of our engineers proceeded to consume a ridiculous amount of caffeine, and this is the result:

Remember The Milk in Notification Center

Remember The Milk reminder on Mountain Lion

Not using Mountain Lion? Get notifications with Chrome and Safari, too

The desktop notifications fun isn't limited to Mountain Lion! If you're using Chrome 20 or Safari 6 (or later, if you're reading this from the future), your browser now supports desktop notifications for Remember The Milk:

Remember The Milk desktop reminder

Enabling desktop notifications

Just log in and go to the 'Settings' screen in your account, then click the 'Reminders' tab. You'll see the new Desktop Notifications option; once you turn this 'on', just follow the browser's prompt to give Remember The Milk permission to send notifications.

Desktop Notifications setting

Important note: Both Mountain Lion and Chrome/Safari desktop notifications require Remember The Milk to be running in your browser, but you always have it open in one of your tabs, right? Right?!

We hope you enjoy the notification-y goodness!

Posted in: New Features & Updates

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Renewing deals

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

It's nice to get a promotional rate on Internet, phone, or other services you pay for periodically. This week's tip, shared by jjustice suggests looking into further deals when those run out to make the most of your money.

I move to a new apartment every year or two, and my Internet provider usually has a 6- or 12-month deal on service. When the deal runs out, my bill can jump up $20 per month or more. There are often new deals available at that time for me to sign up for, but if I don't remember to do it in advance, I'm stuck with a higher charge for at least one month.

This is where Remember The Milk comes in. If I sign up for a 12 month deal, I put a reminder in 11 months to check with the Internet provider about new deals. That pays for my Remember The Milk Pro account all at once! You can use this tip for anything else you get temporary deals on, too.

Thanks for sharing this tip, jjustice! 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: Be productive everywhere!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

Remember The Milk can help you be productive at home, work, or elsewhere. This week's tip, shared by b2m, takes this to another level with a Smart List that will help you be productive everywhere by showing you tasks that don't need to be done at specific locations.

I am spending a lot of time travelling by train. So it is necessary to become productive in this time and Remember The Milk helps me to decide how. Instead of using a separate list or tag for "train tasks" I created a Smart List to keep track of "everywhere tasks". Do you have a printer while travelling? Or doing business related phone calls, surfing with highspeed and watering your tomatos during a flight? No! So let's exclude all this kind of tasks via already used tags (or exclude complete lists, tasks with a distinct name…):

isLocated:false AND NOT tag:phone AND NOT tag:printer AND NOT tag:internet AND NOT tag:garden AND NOT tag:mail

Now use the laws of De Morgan to make this more readable:

NOT (isLocated:true OR tag:phone OR tag:printer OR tag:internet OR tag:garden OR tag:mail)

Ready is a Smart List for "everywhere tasks".

Thanks for sharing this tip, b2m! 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: Keeping your cosmetics fresh

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

Bob T. Monkey knows the importance of making sure cosmetics aren't outdated (it takes a lot of makeup to keep him looking this good!). In this week's tip, amberiam describes how you can keep track of your cosmetics with Remember The Milk.

Bob T. Monkey needs a lot of makeup to look this good

There's almost nothing more disgusting than using outdated cosmetics, but if you're a makeup hound like me, then you may not always remember when you bought things or when they're expired (and makeup packaging isn't always clear about expiration dates). Thankfully, I can use Remember The Milk to figure out when you need to throw away that mascara.

When I buy a new product, I will record it in a "cosmetics" list in RTM. Then, using these guidelines, I'll set up a reminder for a certain time period so I'll know when something is nearing the end of its lifespan and another reminder a day or two after the product expires. This helps me save money because I don't have to throw away products that went bad before I used them, and it keeps my cosmetics box neat and up-to-date.

Thanks for sharing this tip, amberiam! 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: Self-improvement with Remember The Milk

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

We've talked before about cultivating good habits — once about a general method to develop a habit, and another time specific to reading more. If there's one thing that's key, it's repetition.

For more general reflection and self-improvement, a lot of repeating tasks may not be as useful. This week's tip, shared by rheren, strikes an appropriate balance… with just enough frequency to keep you thinking.

When I attended a leadership seminar, we were given a list of over 50 introspective, self-analysis questions to consider. "What habit do I most want to break in the next year, and how will I do it?" and questions like that.

Obviously answering all 50 at once would be bewildering, and I knew trying to change so many things at once would be impossible, so I enlisted RTM to help. I picked out the questions that I felt were the most relevant and helpful, and set up each one to recur once a year. I spaced each one to show up about two weeks after the previous one.

Now, every other week or so I'm presented with a new question to think about and consider what I need to change about my life. It doesn't feel overwhelming, and it's done a very good job of motivating me to live life intentionally and think about my life on a regular basis.

Thanks for sharing this tip, rheren! 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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