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Share how many tasks you've completed in 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Emily Boyd

Wondering how much you've accomplished with Remember The Milk this year? Bob T. Monkey's been keeping count for you! Just login to the web app, and we'll tell you how many tasks you've completed in 2012.

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

Posted in: New Features & Updates

Happy holidays from Remember The Milk

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 by Emily Boyd

Bob wishes everyone happy holidays!

Happy holidays from Bob T. Monkey and the Remember The Milk team!

Posted in: Behind the Scenes

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Reusable lists and archiving tags

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

'Tis the season for lists… and since holiday lists come up year after year, we thought we'd share a timely tip shared by winterkitten. Of course, this tip can be used all year long; it's the gift that keeps on giving!

Cards list

Last year I made up a list of people to whom I wanted to send Christmas cards. I created a tag called ".cards" to keep it all in one place (btw I use "." to denote a short project and "+" to denote an ongoing one).

Once done, I realised that I could use this as reusable list for later this year. All I needed to do was search for tag:.cards and click on completed, select all, uncomplete them and I have my list of people to send cards to again next year.

The same technique can be used for any list that you want to reuse. The only problem is that RTM's autocomplete will still bring up the tag when entering new project tags. When I type in "." I only want to see current projects not projects I'm going to reuse in the future.

Fortunately, this is easily solved. Just go into Settings/Tags and change the tag prefix from "." (or whatever it is that you're using) to something else to indicate it is archived/on hold. I went with "º" (Mac: Opt-0) as it sorts near the end so gets it out of the way (ºcards).

When you want to reuse the list, just change the prefix back to whatever you use for current projects (or remove it if you don't use prefixes for current projects). Search for the tag, uncomplete the actions and you're ready to go.

Thanks for sharing this tip, winterkitten! 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: Preparing for a baby's arrival

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

Expecting a baby can bring a whole new set of challenges to the uninitiated — I guess that applies to all new parents! Rather than flounder over the unknown, Remember The Milk user robyn.sukenik did what many of us can relate to in times of great anxiety: she made a list. :)

Baby prep list

When my husband and I found out we were pregnant and expecting a baby suddenly a whole new world of tasks crashed upon our delighted but somewhat unprepared heads.

Novices that we were, it took friends and books to tell us what we need to do, and we've received lists. Lists from doctors, lists from friends, lists from family, lists for family — Suddenly inundated with tasks ranging from monthly checkups, ultrasound scheduling, who to tell when, when to do what blood work, which hospital schedules tours how much in advanced, what to buy for babies when (they apparently don't come with accessories, who knew?), etc. A whole new world indeed.

Overwhelmed, I turned back to my old friend RTM, where I could enter these tasks for myself with what I am told are appropriate due dates and of course lists, and tags.

There is now a new list called "BabyPrep". Vitamin refills are tagged with #pharmacy and the dates of the prescriptions or according to when the pills will run out, bloodwork got its own tag, schedule hospital tours is down under #appt as is making future doctors appointments and checking out birthing class options. And every time someone gives me a list — like things to buy before baby comes or the items suggested get entered under #tobuytent if it's an item I'm not sure about or #tobuy if it's an item I'm sure we need. Last is reading, and baby book recommendations get filed under my old standby tag #toread. There's more, but that's the idea.

My tags for this are still under construction, It's a new adventure. But I'm grateful that RTM is here to hold my hand along the way.

Thanks for sharing this tip, robyn.sukenik! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week. I'm sure there'll be plenty more list-making for the next 20 years too. Good luck on the adventure! :)

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

Featured integration: Vimperator Plugin Extension

Friday, December 14, 2012 by Brendan Ganley

Vimperator Plugin Extension

I bet you're tired of using that clunky old mouse to surf the internet and you wish your browser acted more like a text editor. (Wait, everybody doesn't think that?) If you're a big fan of Vim, or if you're just in the mood to try something a little different, look no further than the Vimperator plugin for Firefox. The plugin transforms your browser into a Vim-like environment where actions are performed by typing commands. And while you're at it, why not install the Remember The Milk extension script so you can manage your tasks from within the browser?

Vimperator is a standard add-on which can be installed from Firefox's Add-on menu. After installing it, place the extension script file in ~/.vimperator/plugin/ (for Mac and Linux) or in %HOME%\vimperator\plugin (for Windows) and restart Firefox. The command used to manage your tasks is :usi. Once you enter this command, Vimperator will walk you through the available sub-commands with its suggestion menus.

From the Vimperator command line, you're able to add tasks with the :usi task add command, and Smart Add syntax can be used to assign task properties. Tasks can also be completed, uncompleted, postponed and deleted. These commands will display a list of available tasks and assign a unique number to each one. You can reference the task by its assigned number, or cycle through the tasks using Tab.

One thing to be aware of is that the extension script caches your task data to allow speedy suggestions as you type. If you find that some of your tasks aren't being shown by the plugin, it may be necessary to use the :usi cache clear command to force a refresh of your task data.

Looking for more ways to interact with your tasks? Head on over to our Apps page and have a look around!

Posted in: Featured Apps

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Keeping track of coupons

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

It can be easy to lose track of coupons — diligently filed away in an organizer, set on the table by the front door, or stuffed in a pocket, your bag, or your car. This week fanny.rutten shares a tip for using Remember The Milk to keep track of your coupons and their expiries.

I was tired of finding expired coupons in my wallet or elsewhere (particularly if I've just already purchased the product!), so I created two lists in my RTM.

1) A classic list called COUPONS:

Bob keeps track of his coupons

  • When I obtain a new coupon in a store, I add a new task in this list, like this: shop name > amount, product, expiration date.
    Auchan > 1€ Nestlé chocolate #COUPONS ^31/12
  • if the coupon is valid in several stores: Shopping > 1€ Nestlé chocolate ^31/12 or General > 1€ Nestlé chocolate #COUPONS ^31/12
  • if the coupon is a coupon code without minimum purchase amount: Zalando > 10€ QWERTY2012 woman shoes #COUPONS ^12/12/12
  • if the coupon requires a minimum purchase amount: Zalando > 10€/50€ QWERTY2012 #COUPONS ^12/12/12
  • if the amount is over 10€ (in particular if no minimum purchase amount required), I set priority 1 to be sure not forgive it before the expiration date: Zalando > 10€ QWERTY woman shoes !1 #COUPONS ^12/12/12

2) Then, a Smart List called COUPONS TO USE:

list:COUPONS and dueWithin:"2 weeks of Monday"

This displays the expiring soon coupons to put in my wallet in order to use them before they lapse!

  • the other coupons are stored where you want, grouped
  • the coupons to use can be also displayed in a "THIS WEEK" (dueBefore:Monday and status:incomplete) and a "NEXT WEEK" (dueWithin:"1 week of Monday") Smart Lists
  • if the coupon isn't used the expiration day, I delete the task and bin the "real" coupon: all is always up to date!

Thanks for sharing this tip, fanny.rutten! 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 7, 2012 by Emily Boyd

Bob T. Monkey loves candy canes

Yes, it's here again! Are you looking for an awesome gift for the productivity obsessed? Or maybe you know someone who needs a friendly 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, 2012, you'll receive 3 months of Pro for yourself. If you're the generous type and buy a 2 year gift, you'll get 6 months 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 nifty gift card). All the recipient needs to do is enter their code at a special page, and the Pro account is theirs!

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

Posted in: Special Offers

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Organize your Christmas shopping

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

'Tis the season! If you're doing some Christmas shopping and are having some trouble keeping everything organized, this week's tip may help. lessilly suggests keeping a master list and another for the current year; that way, you can keep track of everyone and easily add incidental gifts and shopping you want to do if you're feeling extra generous. :)

Bob gets into the Christmas spirit

I use a variation on the packing tips that I have collected through the winning Tips & Tricks submissions to create my Christmas shopping each year.

First, I created a list entitled "Christmas". Within this list I have a task for each gift that I need to purchase. Some people will receive multiple gifts, and that number is placed in parentheses – e.g. Mom, Dad, Son (4). As new family members are added (by birth, marriage, etc), I can add them to this master list.

I don't ever check anyone off from this master list. Instead, each year, I create a new list for that year – i.e. "Christmas 2012". I duplicate all of the tasks in the master Christmas list and move them to the current year's list. I only work from the current year's list by checking off people for which I've already purchased a gift, adding notes about gift ideas for a particular person, or even what I bought for each person. The current year's list is easily customizable because I could add new people to the current shopping list if I get invited to an unexpected party OR if my family suddenly decides to do a Secret Santa gift exchange (instead of purchasing everyone a gift), I can delete individual family members that I no longer need to buy presents for.

At the end of the shopping season, I archive (rather than delete) the current year's shopping list. I don’t want old lists to clutter up my RTM list tabs, but I want to save my shopping lists for reference for several years to come. I can look back on who I actually ended up buying gifts for, how many gifts I bought for my kids that year, what I bought for an individual person (so I don't duplicate a gift), and what type of special gift exchanges we did with friends and family members – e.g. White Elephant or Secret Santa.

It is a perfect way to minimize my shopping frustrations during the hectic holiday season!

Thanks for sharing this tip, lessilly! 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