Remember the Milk: Don’t forget to add your tasks

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One of the many upcoming Web 2.0 applications is Remember the Milk (RtM), an online personal agenda with the very appealing option to add the locations of your appointments to the map. And yes… it is Beta.

Remember The Milk

Since this coming weekend is going to be very busy, I decided to enter all my weekend appointments in RtM to see just how it works and if it is really usefull. The interface to add your appointments is quite basic, but with some very usable features.

Adding tasks
For example if you want the appointment set on the coming Saturday, you just have to type ‘saturday’ and RtM automatically adds the date. Other things beside date and time that you can edit for your appointment are Repeat (for scheduling weekly appointments), add Tags, add a URL and last but not least the very promising Location option.

This weekend my appointments are all over the Netherlands, so this is a good opportunity to check the functionality. Adding a street in Rotterdam was very easy, but when I got to my third appointment in Arnheim the location couldn’t be found and it wasn’t even some back alley, it was one of the largest squares. That might have something to do with the Beta phase, let’s hope so. The rest of the locations worked like a charm.


After a couple of minutes getting used to the interface and checking out all the options, I now have my weekend schedule in Remember the Milk complete with all the locations on the map. Adding tasks does take some time though, so just a little helper: If you check more than one task in the Tasks menu and change something it is applied to everything checked. This doesn’t go for the location though.

To remind you of your appointments you can have RtM send you an e-mail, messenger or mobile phone. Too bad the Netherlands isn’t supported (yet), so I’ll just have to work with e-mail which is quite annoying if you’re out a lot.

The Beta potential
Now we’re getting to an important conclusion, because RtM would be a very usefull application (or website) to have available on your mobile phone or PDA. Getting a reminder, complete with location, would be ideal on the road if you don’t have a map ready. If RtM would also add the option of route navigation to get from one appointment to the next, this would be a very usefull application. But these functions aren’t available (yet).

Remember the Milk is a Web 2.0 application with a lot of potential, especially with the recently added location functionality. A lot more needs to be added and done though, but hey… It’s Beta! Although the location function makes this application really stand out among other calender and reminder applications.

And while you’re busy adding your whole calendar to RtM, you might just forget the milk or an important meeting because it is quite time consuming. Because I think I just missed my train to Arnheim…


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  1. Cool service. Hope it will come to my country soon….


    September 26, 2006 at 11:07 pm

  2. Sounds good to me, however I am not too sure about the name of the application… what is ‘Remember the Milk’ supposed to mean?


    September 27, 2006 at 2:45 pm

  3. It means something like: “Don’t forget to get milk from the supermarket” 🙂


    September 27, 2006 at 3:31 pm

  4. Interesting points on the Location function. I use RTM in my “milky GTD” implementation of Getting Things Done. I haven’t used this function much yet because I have to click the map to add it as a location as GMaps don’t allow third party applications to use address search in the UK due to licensing issues apparently.
    Good to see it being used though.


    October 15, 2006 at 3:02 pm

  5. The location function is the future of calendars I think. Google Earth and GPS is changing our whole way of navigation already, and since location based planning would be ideal for the modern man and woman, it’s just a matter of time I think before it becomes common.

    There’s a thought on this in the classic Epic 2015 short too, check it out at this location

    Nice work on Milky GTD by the way!


    October 16, 2006 at 12:10 pm

  6. You should also check out It offers access to news, email, blogs, rss feeds, games, a socail network and more all by voice from any telephone. They just released a new upgrade of their reminder call system, and you can even set up recorded reminders from any telephone, without being around a computer.


    November 9, 2006 at 1:46 pm

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