How to Remember Not to Forget

Are you forgetting something? Happens to the best of us. It’s a new week, so let’s talk through how to remember not to forget.

 

Keep Your Ducks In a Row

Accessibility is huge when trying to keep an organized life. Determine the best way to remind yourself that you have reminders. Maybe you’re the type who absolutely has to write things down, otherwise you will have no recollection of the thing later. Or you might have an excellent memory that you can rely on to store all of your important dates and to-dos. Either way, free up some brain space and write things down! Having a copy of something important or even just an idea you have will help you get your ducks in a row -- and keep them there. You can never have too much reassurance.

 

Ways to Avoid the “Whoops”

If you’re promising to start the week by writing things down, there a few ways you can do that. First, determine what type of person you are when it comes to the paper vs. digital debate. Do you like to keep it traditional with a day planner in your bag, never to leave home without it? Keeping it old school is totally cool -- just make sure there’s another method to hold you accountable. We all lose things and sometimes papers fall out or get smudged. If you write dates or tasks in your day planner, try an at-home wall calendar or sticky notes. Having both will increase the chance of the note being solidified in your brain because you’ll remember writing it down (twice). Try the sticky note first to jot your thought down while it’s fresh, then add it to your agenda. Sometimes you can forget where you placed that little piece of paper, but it’s more likely you’ll have those within reach at work or home than you day planner somewhere in your bag.

 

For the digital lovers, smartphones already come equipped with plenty of reminders and timers. Step up your note game by using an app or recurring doc for easy access from the Cloud as your reassurance. On the off-chance you misplace your phone, you want to be sure that you have an extra copy saved somewhere accessible by you or by another person who needs it too. The ol’ reliable built-in Notes app works well for times like these since it will connect to the cloud and you can access from your desktop. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! If you want some other options, try subscribing to Microsoft 365 or similar. You can have Microsoft OneNote on your laptop, but subscribing will allow you to access your content on your phone, as well. That goes for Excel, Word, and PowerPoint alike. If you’re a pro at brainstorming and want a little more aesthetic, check out apps like Notebook and MindNode to add a little flair to your ideas.

 

P.S. Check to see if your fave smartphone apps have desktop equivalents to view with bigger screen and all the same accessibility.

 

Note to Self: Log Off!

Being accessible is a major part of a lot of jobs and our lifestyles. Try not confuse personal accessibility with responsibility. You can still be a reliable resource for your colleagues even if you go offline until the morning.

 

Words: Grace Williams