You forgot to do something recently. It’s OK; we all do.
Maybe it was something small like neglecting to run the dishwasher before leaving the house. Or, it might have been something bigger like forgetting to make your car payment on time. Fortunately, the key to fixing the forgetfulness is already in your hand. It’s time to move beyond the sticky-note system and start using reminder apps on your smartphone like a pro.
First, mentally walk through the things you do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and write them down. You’ll find more commonality than you realize. Think in terms of what’s going to keep you healthy (doctor’s appointments, exercise, preparing healthy meals) and what keeps your life on track (paying bills, special occasions, milestones). Once you’ve compiled all of them, put them into groups.
Dated Finite Occurrences
Organize time-sensitive events on a calendar app with repeating interval functions to set annual or semi-annual reminders. Select an app that works among all of your devices.
- Doctor/dentist appointments
- Vet appointments
- Scheduled fitness classes
- Social events
Hard Deadline Tasks
Schedule tasks that must be done on time (but could be done ahead of the deadline) in a calendar-based app or a reminder app. Use the settings to allow for persistent reminders when you don’t complete something by the date you’ve assigned to them.
- Pay bills like auto loans, mortgage or utilities
- Renew permits or licenses
- One-off tasks with a specific due date
Soft Deadline Tasks
Plan tasks with flexible deadlines in a reminder app. These could also include minor day-to-day tasks like daily workouts.
- Routine vehicle maintenance like getting your oil changed
- Washing your vehicle
- Home tasks like changing smoke alarm batteries
- Walking your dog
- Buying groceries
- One-off tasks where deadlines aren’t critical
Next-Level Digital Reminders
Technology has made it easier than ever to use digital reminder tools to their fullest potential. Newer vehicles come equipped with connected car apps like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that interface with your smartphone and allow you to set reminders with the push of a button on your steering wheel. The OnStar app can also keep you connected to know when maintenance is needed on your vehicle.
Smarthome products like Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Google Home can help continue the hands-free integration. Simply speaking commands to set reminders and calendar events can be the key to removing the excuses of forgetting to set reminders and help get you on a consistent path to remembering.
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