On my post about how I run my business from a web browser, I showed a screen shot (see above) of Gmail that got quite a few comments and emails. The most common question was how I was able to add the task manager on the right. Gmail does have a task manager but it doesn’t dock itself and it’s not a complete solution like what I run.
How To Always Remember The Milk
The task manager I use come from a service call Remember The Milk. The service was created so that you no longer have to write your to-do lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand. Remember The Milk makes managing tasks an enjoyable experience. The best feature of Remember The Milk (RTM) is how it integrates with various services and apps.
Remember The Milk for Gmail is the browser extension I use to put the RTM task list on my Gmail. The extension is available for Google Chrome and FireFox. Having the task list next to my Gmail makes it extremely easy to keep track of what I need to do. Gmail is among the first thing I check in the morning and seeing the task bar gives me a quick look at my duties for the day.
No matter where I go, Remember The Milk is with me because they also have an iPhone app. Since the service is in the cloud, an update from my iPhone will update the RTM on my Gmail. Since I started using RTM, I’ve been a lot more organized and get projects done a lot sooner than without a task manager. The RTM service is free. Give it a try and watch your productivity increase.
Bonus Google Trick – Add Google Calendar and Docs To Gmail
In addition to running RTM with Gmail, I also have previews of my Google Calendar and Google Doc on there as well. You can add a bunch of stuff to your Gmail by clicking your Gmail “Settings” link and then choosing “Labs.” From there, you’ll be able to enable a previews for Calendar and Docs (and other stuff).