It is very easy to get signed up on REMEMBER THE MILK. After reaching Remember The Milk click on the blue box that says "Signup Now!" Then a page like the one below will load. Proceed to fill in the requested information, including a unique user name and password. RTM offers some suggestions. If you want a more interactive planning system, you can sign up for RTM Pro which has a $25 annual fee.
If you want to learn more about RTM without getting an account, check out the different topics on their website. They have a blog and forums that allow you to see how other people use RTM and have Frequently Asked Questions that include descriptions and some demos.
Once you have signed up, the overview screen will appear. This tab always appears when you first log in, although you can change it so that it loads your task page first instead. The overview page also contains a link to print off a weekly planner. The overview screen organizes your tasks into three categories shown by the three tabs:Today, Tomorrow, and Overdue. It is a view only page of your tasks and there are not any changes that can be made.
In order to add tasks or make changes, click on the tasks link in the top right corner. This is the screen where you can enter all of your tasks. The default tabs on the tasks page are Inbox, Personal, Study, Work, Sent, and All Tasks. These are the lists in which you can organize your tasks. Once you choose a list to add a task to, click on "add task" or type "t". This brings up a new row to add your task. After adding your task, a box to the left of your list allows you to get specific and edit information such as due date, location, etc. If you need to add even more information about a task, then you can also add a note.
Go to http://www.rememberthemilk.com/img/help/answers/smartlists/demo/smartlists.html for a tutorial.
Changing Your Lists.
If you don't like the default task lists, you can personalize them to better fit your needs. Click on the settings link in the top right corner. Then choose the Lists tab. Here you can add as many lists as you would like and delete those you don't want. The only ones that are permanent are the Inbox and Sent lists. The nice thing is if you have a task in a list that you delete, it automatically gets sent to your Inbox list.
Inbox and Sent Lists.
The permanent lists, Inbox and Sent, are useful if you want to use a contact list. On the contact list you can add email addresses or other users on RTM. Then you can send tasks to or share tasks with your contacts, if they have also added you as a contact. You can also organize your contacts into groups if you would like.
The Inbox can be used for different things. It can contain tasks that other users have sent or shared with you, tasks you've emailed to your own Inbox, and tasks that you have sent using Twitter. Tasks off of lists that you delete also go onto your Inbox list. If you add a task while viewing All Tasks, then your task gets added to the Inbox list.
Tasks that you have sent to other RTM users will automatically be put on your Sent list.
There are many more ways to organize your to-do lists. Not only can you have them categorized by subject through your different lists, you can create tags to specify tasks even more! If you need to organize your study tasks into more specific terms, you can tag them with "engl 241", "reading", "online", or "research". This can help you search for tasks more easily and organize your to-do list even more! By setting priorities you can also organize your lists. RTM color codes them so you know which ones you need to focus on.
Get reminders sent to you through email, Twitter, or your cell phone. Change your reminder settings under the settings tab.