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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Don't forget Taco Tuesday!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Andrew Conkling

In perhaps our tastiest tip yet, this week Remember The Milk user radmoose shares how they make sure not to miss out on a good deal on tacos. :)

Bob enjoys tasty tacos

The fish taco place near me (well, around the US) has a deal every Tuesday after 2:30pm. $1.50 Fish Tacos! They are awesome and at half-price, I love them =)

The problem is, I usually remember about the deal on Wednesday.

So I created a reoccuring reminder every Tuesday to jog my memory before 2:30pm on Tuesday (and not 10:30am on Wednesday =P)

I also went in an added some other daily reminders for places that have deals on certain days of the week, such as "Kids Eat Free".

Not only do I save time with Remember The Milk, I also save money!

Thanks for sharing this tip, radmoose! 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 for BlackBerry 10

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Emily Boyd

Remember The Milk for BlackBerry 10

We're excited to announce that, thanks to BlackBerry 10's support for Android apps, we've been able to bring our just-updated Android app to BlackBerry 10 phones. With the exceptions of widgets (which aren't possible just yet), the app has everything that the Android app features.

Like the Android app, the BlackBerry 10 app is available free with syncing limited to once every 24 hours. Upgrade to a Pro account and you'll get unlimited push syncing and reminders for tasks due or nearby. Plus, you get a whole bunch of other Pro benefits and you'll make Bob T. Monkey happy, too. :)

If you'd like to learn more about the app, check out the Remember The Milk for BlackBerry 10 section of the site. We hope you enjoy the app on BlackBerry 10!

Posted in: New Features & Updates

The all-new Remember The Milk for Android (and tablets, too!)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Emily Boyd

Bob T. Monkey's been furiously coding away as fast as his little monkey hands allow, and this Android update is a big one! Version 3.0 (codenamed "Tik-Tok") has a completely new and intuitive interface, improvements to reminder notifications and widgets… oh, and did we mention that it's built for tablets, too? Check out the demo we prepared earlier, or read on for the full scoop.

A whole new interface

Yes, the entire app has been completely redesigned! We're introducing the card stack concept to the Android app (you might've seen this in our iPhone or iPad apps), while maintaining the Android-y feel of the app. The card stack allows you to swipe your way through your tasks and notes with gestures for a natural, fun way to manage your tasks.

New UI'Personal' list

A great experience on tablets, too

Bob T. Monkey is very partial to his Nexus 7 (it's hard to prise that thing off him), so we're excited that this version of the app is built for tablets, too! The interface works beautifully on these larger screens, whether you have a Nexus 7, Nexus 10, or any of the other Android tablets out there.

Tablet app

New task and note views

The task view has been redesigned to make it quicker to edit or delete a task, or add a note (all these actions are now only a tap away!). The new note view gives you a full-screen for both viewing and editing notes.

Task viewNote view

Edit multiple tasks

We've made some improvements to this feature, and it works a little differently to the previous version of the app, so we thought we should mention this! To edit multiple tasks in a list, just tap the 'Edit' (pencil) icon in the top right, and select the tasks you'd like to work on. You'll now see a bunch of icons at the bottom that let you easily complete and postpone, or edit the due date, priority, list, or tags for a bunch of tasks at once.

List with edit iconEditing multiple tasks

Tap to get stuff done

As you can now swipe your way through the app, we needed to come up with a new way to quickly complete and postpone tasks (we can't use the swipe gesture to reveal the buttons, as it's used for navigating). From the list, just tap and hold on a task and you'll see the 'Complete' and 'Postpone' buttons appear.

Complete and Postpone buttons

Updated notifications, with actions!

Ever wished you could perform actions on your reminder notifications? Well, now you can! If you're using the app on Android 4.1+, you can 'Complete' or 'Postpone' the task in a reminder with one quick tap. Also on Android 4.1+ are improved notifications for reminders with multiple tasks; you'll now receive multi-line notifications that list the tasks due.

Reminder notification

Redesigned widgets

All the widgets have been updated with a cleaner design, and the Smart Bar Widget is now resizable (with the original 4×1, or 3×1 for a little extra space). You can also now place List Widgets on your lock screen for super fast access to your tasks.

Widgets

Thank you, testers!

Bob says, 'Thank you, testers!'

We'd like to say a big thank you to the Remember The Milk users in the Pro Tester Program who helped us to test this release. Your feedback and bug reports were invaluable, and helped us to track down quirky bits that had snuck past Bob. Note to testers: You'll be notified that an update is available to the test release, which will send you to Google Play where you can download the final release version.

Didn't get invited to test this time?

If you have a Pro account and would like to help Bob T. Monkey test pre-releases in the future (Android or otherwise ;) then please make sure you've joined the Pro Tester Program and have your profile up-to-date!

Enjoy the new version!

We hope you like this latest app release! If you'd like to learn more about the app in general, check out the Remember The Milk for Android section of the site.

Posted in: New Features & Updates

Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Epic task management

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Andrew Conkling

Many tips we feature are bite-sized or address one particular Remember The Milk feature or help solve one particular organizational problem. This week's tip, shared by martingchapman, breaks the mold though, by including a variety of approaches and Remember The Milk features for a comprehensive system that covers, by its nature, everything!

(Note: The entire post is very thorough, so below are just a few quotations to give you an idea of what martingchapman's system is like.)

I have studied David Allen's “Getting Things Done” (GTD) system and Michael Linenberger's “Manage Your Now” (MYN) system, both of which have many excellent ideas about Life Management, however when fully implemented they overcomplicate things (in my opinion), so I have extracted the bits that I like from GTD and MYN and built my own system around them.

I have described a way to easily and quickly add tasks manually or from emails, add and manage Projects, make any task a Next Action and in the same action, put it onto a Context related list so that you can “do” it.

What is a “Trusted” system? A “Trusted” system is one that contains everything I have/want to do, it is “Trusted” because I know it contains everything, nothing is forgotten.

I don’t need to remember to do anything because it is all in the system, so I can use my brain for what it is best designed to do – thinking (GTD/MYN).

Be sure to read the full post for all of the details for how to implement this system yourself.

Thanks for sharing this tip, martingchapman! 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: Avoiding constant postponing

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Andrew Conkling

It's easy to set due dates on tasks that don't have firm dates, and then end up postponing them a lot if you don't get to them right away. In this week's tip, kokuran shares an easier way to manage these kinds of tasks.

I like to put a due date on everything except for "maybe someday tasks", but this creates a problem where I'm not sure what has to be done and what can wait a bit longer. And so I endlessly postpone or revise due dates to avoid the guilt of overdue tasks. To combat this, I combined my due dates with priorities:

  • Priority 1 is for hard due dates: it really actually has to be done that day
  • Priority 2 is for soft due dates: it should get done that day, but it can wait a week or so
  • Priority 3 is whenever: it would be best to be done within a month or so, but no rush.

I then postpone any of the priority 2-3 stuff that I don't get to on the day it's "due", and set up a Smart List that keeps track of tasks that have been postponed many times. After 10 postponements (priority 2) or 45 (priority 3), I upgrade the task's priority one level to force myself to get it done.

postponed: >10 AND priority:2
postponed: >45 AND priority:3

Thanks for sharing this tip, kokuran! 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: Reviewing your credit limits

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by Andrew Conkling

Bob contemplates his credit card limits

There are a bunch of reasons you might wish to increase your credit limit — it may help your credit score, make more available to you in case of an emergency, or even give you better status with your bank/lender. This week's Tips & Tricks Tuesday winning tip, shared by molly.bierman, uses a repeating task to help you remember when to contact your lender.

Any time you can increase your credit limit on your various credit cards, you should take this opportunity. However, people often forget to do so because usually you can only increase your credit limit every 6 months. I have set up a reminder in RTM to check each of my credit cards every 6 months and apply for credit limit increases.

Remember The Milk user peter.jewell adds that you can also use this tip to review whether a credit limit increase or decrease might be best for you:

May I humbly suggest a safer use for this is to remind you to review your credit cards at regular intervals. Then you can decide whether you can afford to increase your credit limit, or whether instead you should be reducing it.

You can ask your provider to lower your credit limit — it's not a one-way process — and this should improve your credit rating and make you less likely to get into problem debt.

Thanks to both Molly and Peter for sharing their tips!

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: Taming your tasks with tags and Smart Lists

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Andrew Conkling

While we've covered both Getting Things Done and Zen To Done on the blog before, we think there's room for other approaches to organizing your tasks.

Today we look at Remember The Milk user szemyed's approach. As he mentions in his forum post, he likes GTD and ZTD but was looking for something different. It's a thorough setup with a lot of possibilities, but with a simple premise; we enjoyed his post and thought you would too!

(Up front, we just want you to know: it's Smart Lists all the way down. Buckle up!)

I had looked through some guides on how to implement GTD/ZTD, or how to overall boost your productivity with RTM, but nothing in itself was sufficient for me. I have synthesized a few ideas and developed this to meet my demands.

So, my initial idea was: Use RTM to its maximum potential in accord with G/ZTD routines.

It is pretty straightforward. The theory is to have all tasks tagged in one place from where they are picked by an according search string (i.e. Smart List).

We liked his example project: "Convince Bob that I should win one year pro account". Clearly this is a system worth checking out since it helped him complete that project! :)

Be sure to read all the details in the blog post to check out the full details and all the Smart Lists.

Thanks for sharing this tip, szemyed! 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