It’s a sign of the times that we all need some form of task-management tool, whether its your Outlook inbox or Post-It Notes littered across your desk. Remember the Milk functions as a web- and mobile-based utility to help you organize your reminders, lists and errands. It’s well-designed and can help you stay on top of your to-do list, but you’ll probably have to pay the service’s subscription fee to get the most out of it.
The latest update brings a fresh user interface that feels intuitive and useful. It’s simple to add a new task and tag it with categories, due date, priorities, notes and other details that help with organization. Big icons on the main dashboard screen present an overview of today, tomorrow, and this week so it gives you a good sense of what needs doing in your life.
Another new feature lets you act on multiple tasks at once in a list. You can check-off several tasks then delete them, postpone them, change their priorities, and perform other actions on them, all simultaneously. This means you can quickly restructure your day, if needed, by changing the due dates.
In order to use the app, you must sign up for a Remember the Milk account that lets you create and manage tasks over the web as well as the app. This also unlocks what I think is the best feature: location. Using an online map, you specify important locations in your life — your house, work, grocery store, etc. — and assign tasks to them. The next time you’re there, you’ll have the place-specific errands ready to go, so you can literally remember the milk.
However, the app spends a fair amount of energy selling the Pro version. For $25 a year, this adds the ability to receive notifications of tasks nearby (assigned to location in proximity), widgets for the home screen that let you add tasks without launching the app, and immediate syncing so that if you add a task over the web you’ll see it instantly over the app (rather than waiting 24 hours with the free version).
All in all, the service is useful if you don’t already have a task system embedded in your life, but you’ll probably need to pay for the important Pro features before it keeps you on track.