Get Things Done With Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk (RTM) is a to-do list app for use on your computer, iPad, iPhone, Android phone, and more.

For years I had a hard time deciding which to-do list app to use, and also struggled to turn it into a useful daily habit.

I’m happy to report that I’ve found a system that works for me, and am hopeful it will work for you too.

As always, the trick is to take a holistic approach.

Create Lists to Cover All Areas of Your Life

Remember The Milk

I mentioned this concept before but never explained how I use it to configure RTM to get things done.

Create these seven lists:

  1. financial
  2. physical
  3. social
  4. mental
  5. career
  6. family
  7. spiritual.

In each list, create the tasks that relate to that area of your life.

Be sure to set each task to repeat as often as you need, and prioritize them to ensure you get the most important stuff done first.

For example, these are the tasks in my financial list, along with how often they repeat:

  • “import bank transactions into budgeting software” – every other day
  • “pay bills” – monthly

Each morning open the app to see what needs to be done.

With this holistic approach – covering every area of your life – you’re able to get everything done and feel better about yourself.

Following Through

Your follow through depends on two things:

  1. the efficacy of the system
  2. your commitment.

I’ve supplied you with the first, it’s on you to give rise to the second.

Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs. ~Vaclav Havel

Download the app, create your lists and tasks, and go get stuff done.


About Matt Jabs

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  1. I would recommend checking out Gtdagenda for an online GTD manager.

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote, and also comes with mobile-web version, and Android and iPhone apps.