There is pretty much always a lot going on here at Nerd Girl Sewing.  I just finished a freelance article for Your Wardrobe Unlock’d and I’m in the middle of a big secret project right now.  I almost always have at least 3 or 4 balls I am juggling at once: freelancing (web design and writing), one or two projects, and usually some event prep.  Combine that with at least one long term project that’s almost always in the works (like my embroidered Elizabethan jacket), yard & house projects, and the everyday cleaning required not to live in total squalor and there is A LOT for me to keep straight!

I’m a list maker at heart.  It’s how I keep things strait and remember what I need to do.  My preference is to keep paper lists so I can enjoy the satisfaction of scratching though a completed task.  But I started finding myself with 5 or 6 post-it notes scattered around the house and sewing room.  And important projects were falling through the cracks because I would misplace lists or forget to make them because a higher priority project would come up.  I began to worry that pretty soon I would need a list to keep track of my lists!

So I decided to give a To-do list site I had used before another chance: Remember the Milk (RTM).  RTM is a free online service that allows you to make and keep track of to-do lists for numerous tasks and projects.  There is an option to upgrade to their pro service for an annual fee but it’s not needed to use RTM.

I had used RTM before but at the time I could only use the to-do list organizer online because there was not an app for my phone at the time.  Now though, there is an app for my phone which really makes this tool much more useful and user friendly.  I was able to transfer all my to-do lists into RTM and I was also able to set up lists for each of my projects and assign deadlines to each of the tasks of my highest priority projects.  This helps to keep me on track and on time and it also helps to keep things from falling through the cracks because I can see the lists for all the projects I have pending.

I also made lists for the house and yard projects and a list for chores.  Each task can be assigned a deadline, whether or not it repeats, and if it repeats how often it repeats.  So things like changing the air filters won’t get forgotten because I think I changed them a month ago when really it was 4 months ago.  When I mark a repeatable task as completed it is rescheduled to be done based on how often it repeats.

After using RTM for several weeks I did decided to get a pro account so I could sync my phone and online account as often as I want.  The free account does allow syncing but only once a day and that just wasn’t often enough for the way I used it.

So there you have it.  This is how I’ve been keeping tack of my tasks for the past month and I love it.

*This article is not an ad or sponsored in any way by Remember the Milk.  Remember the Milk is a free service I’ve been using for the past month or so.  I have found it to be really helpful for me in tracking my tasks and projects and I wanted to share my experiences with my readers.

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