Build the Business of Your Dreams
By Brett Kelly, on Thursday, February 21st, 2008
Within this little GTD cult of ours, there are an alarming number of battles fought over the best tool, notebook, web application, etc. In my mind, it’s a little silly – just use what works, right?
Well, sometimes there will be two “competing” services/devices/things that both offer a compelling solution to a common problem. Today, that problem is reminders and the two services I’ll be covering are Remember the Milk (hereafter referred to as ‘RTM’) and Sandy.
Now, before everybody starts frothing at the mouth about how the service they use is better than both of those, let me reiterate – I don’t really care what you use. If a stack of cocktail napkins, a set of soap crayons and a shoebox get the job done for you, then that’s great. My point here is not to decide on the all-time greatest way to remind yourself to take the pizza out of the oven or pick up your kilt from the dry cleaners. I’m simply going to compare the capabilities of these two services and tell you which one I like best. Mmkay? Mmkay.
[For those of you that are horribly impatient and just want to know how the story ends, I like Sandy better. Read on if you're interested in why that is.]
First, a list of things that both services do reasonably well, since there’s actually a fair bit of overlap between the two as far as reminders:
Now, here are the things Sandy does that make it the better choice:
Finally, there’s one deal-breaker for me when it comes to using RTM for simple reminders – they inextricably mix in with my action lists. I hate seeing things in my @Home list with dates attached to them because a) it always bubbles those to the top of the list and b) I don’t want to be constantly reminded of my upcoming reminder. The whole idea behind these “tickler-ish” reminders is that they are out of sight until I want them to be. Another benefit of Sandy’s style of interaction is that I can fire things off to her and trust that they’ll find their way back to me when I asked them to. I can, as we like to say in the techie world, “set it and forget it”.
Please don’t take this as some sort of a general indictment of RTM as a service – I use it every day and absolutely love it (a more detailed explanation of how is forthcoming). And there are things that RTM does extremely well that Sandy doesn’t handle as well (because she wasn’t really designed to, frankly).
So, in conclusion, while both services are capable of sending me a text message when it’s time to take my pies out of the oven, Sandy is *designed* to do that (among other things, obviously).
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