Just three more steps to talk about in my series called 18 Steps to Getting Out of Survival Mode and this week’s is reminders. Here’s what I wrote in my original article:
16. Reminders on computer or iphone
I used to use paper lists, but brain fogged minds often lose the list. So I began using my Outlook Calendar. When my computer was zapped by lightning, I transitioned to my phone, which was better for me because it has a loud tone that was near me when it went off. I can’t tell you how many times I came upstairs at 4pm to find my computer had reminded me to eat lunch.
Technology’s a wonderful thing! There are more ways to remind yourself to do things than there are people in the world. Find one that works for you. Find several if that’s what it takes. If technology’s not your thing and you love notebooks, use them. Whatever works for you.
I can’t tell you how much pressure it takes off of my already fried brain to know I don’t need to keep certain things in my head for very long…not that I have as much control over that as the years roll on! Whether your brain is overloaded due to age or trails, this is the one thing that will help you keep on track and not have to experience that old familiar heart wrenching, “OH SNAP!” moment when it’s too late to do something that went critical four days ago!
What kinds of things should you leave to a reminder and what things should you trust yourself with? Well, that all depends upon you. Take inventory of the things you tend to forget. There was a time I couldn’t even remember to eat lunch so that got added to my reminders. Here’s a list of things to get you started, but lest you think they are too simple to bother with, let me remind you that reminders have saved this old gal MUCH and that’s why these things are on the list of things to put on a list.
- Birthdays (with a reminder a few days ahead that allows you to buy a gift or schedule a call)
- Anniversaries (YES YOUR OWN!)
- Doctor and other Appointments
- Deadlines (anything from work related to ordering gifts for relatives and even the last day to call and cancel that trial software program you purchased six months ago)
- Household chores
- To update your food shopping list
- To make a recurring weekly part of a meal. (We like to have beans with our weekend family breakfasts so I like to schedule Friday afternoon to make sure I have enough for the weekend)
- Family visits (whether they are coming to you or you to them)
- Regular events (make sure to block out times when you’re usually busy with recurring events like church so you don’t inadvertently schedule something over it without thinking…so you don’t need to think too hard.)
- Subscriptions. (I always put a reminder in my schedule for a make up subscription I have. I love the makeup but I don’t wear it much so I have enough to last me ten years after my death! But they won’t warranty my applicator if I don’t have the subscription set up. So I remind myself to call in every three months to postpone it.)
What could you schedule in to remind yourself of that would ease your already burdened mind? Put it in!