Ideas For Reminders To Keep You Organized ~ Using reminders in your daily routine is a very simple strategy in helping keep you organized. They basically are snippets that remind you either where you need to be or what you need to do. They take seconds to input and can help keep things running smoothly for hours afterwards.
Everyone Is Super Busy
We are all loaded with so many things to do and so many things to remember in our daily lives. That includes all of the things we are responsible for in our personal lives, work roles, family, home, pets, school, vehicles and so many more. Then within each of all of our responsibilities there are so many details we have to make sure are attended to as well. Somebody has to remember to fill the car up with gas, get prescriptions filled, make sure the chicken is taken out of the freezer to defrost for dinner, get a child (or two) back and forth from lessons, know when there is no school because of a professional learning day, birthdays, garbage day, make sure the bills are paid and the list goes on. It’s a lot to have to remember and stay on top of.
No Wonder Why We Feel Overwhelmed!
I came across a quote several years ago that I wrote about in Do You Feel Overwhelmed Sometimes? that helps put things in perspective. No wonder why we get so stressed exhausted and overwhelmed!
A typical issue of the weekday edition of the New York Times has more information in it than an average person who lived in England in during the 1600s would encounter in his entire life.
*Source: Smart Guide to Managing Your Time by Lisa Rogek
It is a reality that our lives are not only super busy but with the easy and quick availability of information, social media and television we can get access to an infinite amount of information in literally seconds. The above quote was written several years ago so I wonder what it might look like today in this age of information technology?
Planning Is Another Excellent Strategy For Being Organized
I am an avid planner and find keeping a year planner and day planner really helps keep me organized knowing what is coming in the year, month and day. I have designed and created my own system that I share in:
Maintaining a planner is a fabulous strategy for keeping you organized but it can be a bit of a headache constantly referring to your planner to help you remember everything. It is also the little day-to-day details that can become overwhelming to stay on top of and can be forgotten if the brain is too overloaded.
There Are Consequences When We Are Not Organized
Using reminders to keep you organized is a smart and easy habit with a lot of benefits. Not using reminders and forgetting or not getting to the things that need to be done can have some unpleasant consequences including…
- Time Wasted
- Loss Of Money
- Added Stress
- Loss Of Credibility
There Are A Lot Of Ideas For Reminders
The good news is that there are a lot of choices for using reminders. What works for me may not necessarily work for someone else. We all think and process differently. Some of us are visual learners, while others have a lot of success when they hear things and are auditory learners and some of us need to manipulate and write it down for it to register in the brain.
That being said my list of ideas has something for the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic thinkers. The suggestions also range from paper and pencil to using technology. The paper and pencil ideas are great because everyone can see it. The technology ideas are great because they can be programmed to automatically give you alerts. I like to use a combination of both!
Ideas For Reminders To Keep You Organized
These were designed to use for so many things including creating reminders. They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colours. I do recommend buying the better quality ones that are super sticky. My experience has been that I have lost reminders because they fell off and I didn’t notice.
When my daughter was studying at university she had a different colour of Post-it Note™ for each course. Every task with the due date was written on each note. These were all posted on the door to her apartment. As tasks were completed she removed the post-it note. Every time she left her apartment she could see and review what still needed to be done. This was a very visual way of organizing her reminders.
Another visual option is index cards. They can be bought at the dollar store and are really convenient. We use these a lot as a family for reminders like “Put the Garbage Out” and “Pick Up Dry Cleaning”. A batch is stored in the junk drawer at the phone desk, which I explain how it is organized in Inexpensive DIY Drawer Organizers. The reminders are placed on the countertop for everyone to see. Super easy and super convenient.
Cut Up Greeting Cards
Rather than toss greeting cards I cut them up and use them for reminders. I explain this in What To Do With Used Greeting Cards.
Cut Up Tissue Boxes
I learned this tip from my mother-n-law. I like cutting up tissue boxes and repurposing them to into reminder notes because they have a pretty design on one side and they are made from a fairly sturdy material. A reminder telling me to pick up milk on the way home can sit on my dashboard in the car quite nicely.
Cut Up Toilet Tissue Rolls
I don’t know about you but I am always looking for different ways to repurpose toilet tissue rolls. I just flatten and cut them in half. They may not be pretty but I have to admit I like the way they curl up a bit making them easy to locate. These toilet tissue roll reminder notes, index cards, cut up greeting and tissue box notes can all be recycled once they have been used.
My husband uses this reminder strategy a lot. He will often use his smart phone to call home and leave himself a voicemail about something he needs to do at home or talk to me about. As soon as he walks in the door and sees the red light flashing on the phone indicating there is a message it has jogged his memory and the reminder has worked. Clearly he is the auditory member of the family.
When I was teaching I often had my students phone home using the classroom phone to leave a message to remind them that an assignment was due or a permission slip needed to be returned to school. They actually got excited going home to listen to their voicemail. I always sent a letter home at the beginning of the school year letting my parents know that students might be phoning home. It totally makes sense to teach children to be organized and responsible at a young age.
Similar to leaving yourself a voicemail you can also send yourself an email as a reminder. It can even be colour coded and prioritized to make sure it is noticed.
I use this app on my smart phone to enter things that need to be done. I love how it can be programmed to send me an alert and that through the cloud it shows up on my iPad and computer.
The clock app can also be used as reminder to help you manage your time indicating where you need to be.
My daughter who created the colour coded Post-It Note system sets the alarm in her phone to not only help her get up in the morning but she also sets it telling her that she needs to be out the door by a certain time so she won’t be late for work.
I love this app. It can be programmed with alerts and even a type of geocaching. As long as you have Location Services turned on it will remind you that you need to pick up the dry cleaning while you are grocery shopping.
My husband’s workday consists of a lot of meetings so he not only uses his iCal to keep track of his meetings but he also uses the Reminder app. He programs it to alert him ten minutes before the meeting to make sure he is staying on schedule.
There are so many other worthy apps available that I have not included in this list of ideas for using reminders to keep you organized. I tried some of them and eventually gave up because I preferred the apps that were basic to my smart phone. At the end of the day reminders are meant to be quick and simple to work with. My guideline is that if it takes more time to figure out the how to input and retrieve the reminder than actually do the task that you are being reminded about…that is not being very organized or smart use of your time.
Just To Recap The Key Ideas…
- Reminders are a great way to keep you organized.
- Reminders help prevent consequences from not being organized occurring.
- Reminders help relieve the brain of having to remember all the responsibilities and tasks we need to take care of. Let the reminder do the work for you!
I personally like to use a combination of all of these at different times for different tasks. These ideas for reminders to keep you organized really do work. They take seconds to create and save loads of time. It is just a matter of getting into the routine of using them consistently and effectively!
Which ideas for reminders to keep you organized work for you?
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