By Jami Miedema

If you happen to stop by the Whittaker Associates office, please don’t look in my cubicle!  While I consider myself to be a fairly organized person, today, my desk is filled with books, folders, and endless little pieces of paper, scribbled with my latest to-do items.  I guess that’s what I get for using sticky-notes instead of my online calendar.  My method seems to work for me most of the time, except when I can’t recall whose name went with the random phone number written on the back of a memo or when the occasional note is lost.  As an attempt to sort out my life, both personal and professional, I’ve decided to enlist the help of Remember the Milk, an online tool for creating prioritized task lists.

Once a user creates a free account, he is ready to plan, organize, and manage both tasks and time.  The tool is easy to set up and use, thanks to the online help guide that introduces new users to the site.  Tasks can be categorized under separate tabs such as personal, study, or work, or the user can create his own tabs to classify items in a way that makes sense to him.  Each chore is assigned a due date, location, frequency of occurrence, time estimate, and priority.  Notes can also be attached to each item and shared with other parties who need access to them as well.  Perhaps one of the most unique features of Remember the Milk is the map that plots the location of each task.  This enables the user to plan better, more logical routes and use time in a more efficient manner.

Remember the Milk can be accessed and managed from any location, even offline, and it syncs with BlackBerry and Windows Mobile.  It can be used with Gmail, iGoogle, and several other applications.  Task reminders can be sent anywhere and to anyone you please, so assignments will never be forgotten again.  It even has the option to print a weekly planner that formats items in priority order by day, complete with check boxes to fill in when a chore is completed.

If you’re like me, and need to restore order to your desk, please visit to build your own to-do lists.

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