Ok, I have to admit something. Remember me telling you all how awesome
Out of Milk Remember The Milk was? Well, it is pretty cool. But I used it for all of a week before I quit it. Which lead me to a resolution: I have to play with an app for at least two weeks and decide I’m going to keep it before I can bring it up here at the blog.
I found Toggl at a freelance website that recommended online tools for tracking billable project time. I signed up for some free ones, and promptly ran through the first three, declaring them unsuitable. I was feeling a little “over it” by the time I hit Toggl’s start page. Then I saw just how easy they’ve made it. You type in what you’re doing and hit the red button to start the timer. You don’t even need to stay logged in to the website. Or if you put the app on your phone, feel free to surf, make calls, and do whatever you need. Toggl just keeps on going.
I know this because I’ve had to log in and delete a couple of things. I know I can waste time, but there’s no way even I spend 188 hours grocery shopping. 🙂
Now, you may say, “I’m not doing work I need to bill people for? Why should I use Toggl?”.
Because it’s task tracker. When I started using it, I was AMAZED at how much time I lose each day. Look:
I have ADHD. It makes juggling tasks and getting things done all kinds of hard, even with my new med (Vyvanse) that works wonderfully. I have tried everything out there to keep on task and productive: Planners of all sizes, shapes, and layouts (including the coveted Franklin Covey system), watches that were supposed to vibrate when I set them, but ended up doing it every minute but then, and more reminders, tags, and memory joggers than people would believe existed. Yet I continue to drown in an overload of my own making.
Today, I came upon a blog called “Solution Watch”. It’s no longer being updated, but the premise is just that: the author is on the lookout for new programs that promise to increase productivity and make life easier. Then he reviews and writes blog pieces about them. In one article, I discovered a program I’ve already fallen in love with: Remember The Milk. It’s just the best task list ever. Since I have to log in and push vacuuming the rug forward by a day, I’ll tell you a bit more about it.
First off, it’s very user friendly. So much so, in fact, that I was almost afraid of messing it up at first. After logging in and reaching the mini board, you simply type in a task and hit enter. Then, click the checkmark to select it, and go over to the box on the right side to fill in the details. This is where you put in the date and time the task needs to be done by and whether or not it repeats. There’s also the option of setting up tags and geolocations for it! This way, if you have access to a phone with a live map function, you can set up the best route for getting things done. Reminders are availabe by email and text message, and of course printing and synching Remember the Milk with iCalender are also options.
My plan is to put together tomorrow’s list each night, print it out, and put it somewhere easy to see so I can grab it in the morning. Today’s my first day, so we’ll see if I can stick with it. Where all other things have failed, something about Remember the Milk’s setup and ease of us has me confident that I found the right tool for me.