The technology that I use: Remember the Milk

This post is in the series that I mentioned a week or two ago, about the Technology that I use.

The Simple Dollar is one of my favourite blogs and I found out about RTM via Trent’s blog post HERE.

RTM allows you to create a reminder, add a date and time, assign a priority, allocate the reminder to a list or a tag and to create repeats of the reminder.

I tried using the free version of RTM but it frustrated me that you had to wait 24 hours before you could sync again. This was a real pain when using multiple platforms like iPad, mobile and computer. It could be three days out of date if I didn’t time things right, so I paid to upgrade to real time sync that’s immediate between all apps. It’s revolutionised my organising!

I seem to remember most things when I’m driving and unable to take notes. We are very lucky to have a car that has hands free calling, so I now leave my self a Voicemail and add it into RTM when I can.

I add EVERYTHING I need to remember to RTM. It is, literally, my portable brain.

I mainly use the lists to organise my reminders. The subjects for the lists that I use are:

Family
Friends
Fun
Goals (for the next five years)
House stuff
Me
NHM
Purpose and principles
Vision (next 10 to 15 years)
My business folder

You can also use tags but I find this just complicates things for me.

Every time I need to remember something, I add it into RTM and assign it to a list and to a date. I never have to remember it again. It’s in my mobile, computer and iPad.

House stuff list
I use this list for all the day to day stuff like, ‘de-flea the cats’, ‘renew house insurance policy’ and cut ‘Miss NHM’s finger nails’ (every two weeks ;-)). It’s all sorted by priority and if something needs to be moved up in priority I can just change the priority.

Family
I use this list to remind me of things that are family related or what we want to do sptogether as a family, e.g. ‘Take Miss NHM swimming at QMC’, ‘Message my Godmother’ and ‘Shave Mr NHM’s head’ (!!! Every 8 weeks if you are interested! Lol)

Purpose and Principles and Vision 
I stole most of these from the original post in the Simple Dollar but for the Vision one I’ve added things like “fly in a helicopter”,  ‘be an extra in a film’ and ‘go cycling in Japan’.

Friends
Several of my friends have commented about how I’m good at keeping in touch with people. I totally cheat and get RTM to remind me!

I have reminders set, for example, to contact some friends every month, or phone long distance friends every two months or arrange to meet up with someone.

I also have a reminder to share my photos on Dropbox regularly with my friends as I like to take pictures of my friends and found that if I didn’t have a reminder I forgot about them.

NHM 
I use this list exclusively for NHM Reminders, such as get new business cards printed, fireworks night post, contact someone about a guest post.

My Part Time Business
I use this list exclusively for reminders for my part time business.

Me

I also have a list which is just for Me as I find that I tend to lose some of what I want out of life and this helps me remember. It’s also really helped with keeping me on track for my targets and goals in life.

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