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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Getting a daily reminder later in the day

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Andrew Conkling

Many people like to get a daily reminder in the morning to help set the tone for the day — "here's what will be on your plate today". This week's tip, shared by nodonovan, suggests viewing your tasks themselves in the morning and using the daily reminder later in the day to keep up your momentum. :)

I have new tasks appear every day in my Smart List called Today. When I open up RTM every morning I am automatically taken to this list and get on with performing all the tasks and completing them. I'm sure this is a familiar scene to a lot of us RTM users.

For some time now I have had my daily reminder of today's tasks set to arrive in my email inbox and on my smartphone at 7.00am before I head off to work. This seemed the intuitive thing to do at the time when I first set everything up when I joined Remember The Milk some years ago. Because I am in the habit of always going to my Today list, having a daily reminder arrive 1/2 hour before I looked at the list became superfluous (I don't need reminding of something I am definitely going to do out of habit). As a consequence I have found myself immediately deleting the email… all a bit pointless.

I had a revelation a few weeks ago and have now set my daily reminder to come in later in the day around lunchtime. Given that I have already spent the preceding 4 or 5 hours chipping away at my tasks, the daily reminder is much shorter than it would have been had it come in first thing and is a genuine reminder to get my other tasks completed before the end of the day.

A very simple thing to do but very effective!

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

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