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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Prioritize your e-books with Remember The Milk

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Andrew Conkling

With Remember The Milk you can make a list of anything, sort it, prioritize, and complete the tasks in it. This week's tip comes from mathieu.hubeek, who shows off our recent Evernote integration to keep a running list of books to read.

Bob reads an old-school book

I just love my Sony e-reader and I use it a lot.

The only problem with the reader is the index; it only shows the cover and the title of the book. Read and unread books are in one list sorted by alphabet. Pretty frustrating.

Often after reading a review online I add a new e-book to my reader, a few weeks later I forgot what it was about and it remains somewhere in the middle of my booklist on my e-reader.

Now I’m using the following “workflow”:

When adding new books to my e-reader I also add a new note to Evernote (notebook: books) with the review/my own notes and I set a reminder so it shows up in RTM in my Inbox list.

In RTM I set the priority (must read books = priority 1) and add tags for book type (thriller/drama/poetry etc), after that I move the tasks to my e-reader list in RTM.

Now when I want to read a new book I just pop up my RTM e-reader list on my iPhone and the “must read books” are on top (priority 1), the tags show the book type and a full review is accessible by clicking the Evernote button.

After finishing a book I open the task in RTM, add some extra notes in Evernote and I complete the task in RTM.

My RTM list shows all my unread books with book type and priority and extra information, when someone asks me for a book recommendation I open my Evernote notebook and it shows all my books with my personal notes.

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

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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Improving memory with repeating tasks

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Andrew Conkling

It is said that there are three things that will help you remember something: repetition, repetition, and repetition. :) This week's tip, shared by donkiely, suggests simply using repeating tasks for retaining and memorizing something.

There are a few pieces of crucial information that I always want to have fresh in my mind, so that I can bring them up from memory without hesitation. This is particularly important when the information is not something I use very often, and I've found that RTM is the perfect way to make sure the information is fresh in my memory.

I got the idea the last time I took a CPR refresher course. The Red Cross and other agencies are constantly improving the CPR and choking procedures (the latter of which used to be called the Heimlich Maneuver) taught in the classes, and from year to year I had trouble remembering the current compression/breath counts and number of back blows and abdominal thrusts to use on someone choking.

So now I have a simple task in RTM that repeats monthly:

First Aid Reminder: 30:2 for CPR, 5 back blows & 5 abdominal thrusts for choking

(This was current as of the last time I took the class last year; you'll want to make sure it is still the recommended numbers.) Once a month I take a moment to re-commit the information to memory, and now I'm confident that if I'm ever in a situation where I need to perform CPR or help someone choking, I'll immediately remember the information even under stress. I won't waste time trying to remember or, worse, doing the procedures wrong.

That's even better than remembering the milk!

Thanks for sharing this tip, donkiely! 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: Tracking gift cards with location alerts

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Andrew Conkling

It's easy to tuck a gift card away, only to forget about it when you get to the store. Or you use part of one and have a balance left — but how much?

This week's tip, shared by libertyjohnson, suggests a nice way to keep track of your gift cards and their balances… and get an alert when you're near a store.

The gift of... Bob?

While getting my office sorted through using the GTD system recently, I came across several gift cards that still had small balances on them, some of which I had forgotten about for years. I gathered them all together, called to check balances and decided to tuck them into my wallet so I would have them with me while running errands. But how would I remember the cards and the balances when I was close to the related store?

Remember The Milk!

I input each card into RTM using @gc as a tag, and added the remaining balance for the gift card/store to the task's name – Target Gift Card – $8.97 balance, for example. I left them without due dates, if there was no penalty assessed when not using the card for an indefinite period of time. And I added a specific or general location for the respective store, saving them to a personal or shopping list, depending.

Turning GPS and Location Alerts on [in the Android app], when I am going to running errands, RTM alerts me when I am in proximity to the location I have a gift card for. If I have a need anything – cross referenced on my shopping list, I can use up the remaining balance on the gift cards before dipping into my budgeted funds.

I love the creative ways we can utilize RTM to help make our lives a bit easier and a lot more productive.

Thanks for sharing this tip, libertyjohnson! 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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