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Managing your writing tasks with Remember the Milk

A hand holding a mobile phone with a to-do list stuck to it

There are any number of ways you can manage and schedule your work. There are just as many tools, too. Many of them are quite complex, packing features that you might never use.

Sometimes, though, you just need to go back to basics. That means using a good, old fashioned task list to manage your tasks.

There are people, though, a basic task list to be … well, a bit too basic. They need something more. And that’s where Remember the Milk comes in.

Remember the Milk is a task list, and a bit more. It’s a web-based tool that enables you to create, share, and view your tasks in a web browser or using a mobile app.

Let’s take a look at how to use it to manage your writing tasks.

Taking notes in Pinboard

A notebook and calligraphy pen, with notes taken in the notebook

I don’t know a writer who doesn’t take notes. Not just a few of them, but a lot of notes. Most of them use a combination of a paper notebook and a digital tool (like Evernote, One Note, or Simplenote) to do the job.

That said, there are a number of other great web-based tools for collecting and organizing your notes. If you use the Pinboard bookmarking service, you can also use it to take and organize your notes.

Let’s take a look at how to use Pinboard for taking notes.

A few links for the end of the week

Thoughts about mentoring other writers

A student helping other students

Over the last year or so, I’ve been informally coaching a few writers. With a couple of them, what I’m doing goes beyond coaching and into the realm of mentoring.

To be honest, when I started writing professionally I never imagined myself being in this position. I didn’t think I’d have anything to offer other writers, and I definitely didn’t foresee other writers approaching me for help.

Being a mentor, though, is both flattering and challenging. Flattering in that someone thinks that you have knowledge they can benefit from, in that they think you can help them improve as a writer. Challenging in that you’re not only teaching someone else your writing kung fu, but you’re also trying to help someone else grow without them becoming a carbon copy of you.

I’ve learned a lot about mentoring other writers in the last 12+ months. I’d like to share some of the insights I’ve gleaned.