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Taking Another Look at Remember the Milk

A task list written in pen

It wasn’t all that long ago that I was struggling. That I was floundering. That I fairly hopeless at getting and staying organized. Some people would say that not much has changed, but I have gotten better. I’m no productivity guru/ninja/Jedi/rock star/superhero but I do OK.

In those days, I spent a lot of time looking at various tools and techniques to help me become more productive and organized. My main focus was finding the right task list. I looked at several, then one day happily stumbled upon Remember the Milk (RTM for short). At the time, it was what I was looking for. Not only did RTM work on the web, I could sync it to my Ubuntu desktop with an application called Tasque and on my Blackberry with a Blackberry app. On top of that, I could integrate my tasks into Google Calendar

I used RTM for a couple of years, then moved on when my needs and my philosophy about organization and productivity changed. But late in 2015 I decided, on a whim, to take another look at RTM.

Plus Ça Change

When I logged into RTM after so long, it was a pleasant surprise to see that not much had changed.

Remember the Milk web interface

It’s the same page, which allows me to enter tasks, categorize them, set due dates, set a priority, and more. Admittedly it’s not the prettiest or most modern interface — especially when compared to rivals like Any.do or Wunderlist — but it gets the job done. I know some people will balk at RTM’s interface, but looks aren’t everything.

Going Mobile

As I mentioned earlier, I used RTM heavily on my old Blackberry Curve. It’s been a while since I had that phone, but I do have an Android device. The RTM Android app is easy to use and works quite nicely.

Remember the Milk Android app

Everything that I can do on the web I can do on my phone with the app. All the functions I need (and a few that I don’t use) are a tap or a swipe away.

Remember the Milk Android app

I can also use RTM with my Pebble Time smartwatch. There’s a Pebble app called TaskChecker that does a decent job.

Final Thoughts

It didn’t take me long to get back into the swing of things with RTM. I had to make a few minor tweaks to the way I work with a task manager, but it didn’t take long for my muscle memory (so to speak) to kick in. It was almost as if I’d never left.

Will I go back to using RTM full time? I’m not sure. RTM has more features than I need from a task list. If I want to take advantage of RTM’s advanced features, I’d have to get a Pro account. I’m still not sure that’s worth $25 per year to me.

Despite its slightly dated user interface and having more features that I need, I still think that RTM is a solid task manager. It might not be right for me, but who says it isn’t right for you?

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