If you've forgotten one too many tasks on your to-do list, perhaps it's time to reevaluate the way you organize your day.
If you've forgotten one too many tasks on your to-do list, perhaps it's time to reevaluate the way you organize your day. Everyone has a different way of organizing, and here a couple of suggestions that might work for you:
Post-it system: If you're using post-its to remind yourself to do tasks, a possible strategy is to write down various tasks on different sticky notes and paste them all around your computer screen (or something else that's hard to ignore on your desk). When you're done, you can peel each post-it off your computer and feel a sense of accomplishment. This might be too messy for those who like to keep their desk organized and free of paper bits.
Calendar reminders: Schedule specific times to do certain tasks and set a reminder for everything so you don't have to rely on your overworked memory. Use your digital calendar if you work with computers, and use a planner if you don't. You should check your calendar and make updates when you first get into the office so you can better plan and prioritize your day. Throughout the day, keep referring back to your calendar and make changes if needed. Using a calendar is a fail-safe method to ensure you're getting things done!
Emailing and texting self: For those who are always checking their inboxes or phones, sending reminders via texts and emails is a good way to stay on top of things. There are certain web tools that will help you with this method. NudgeMail lets you time when you want the email reminders to come in. For example, if you have a meeting with your boss on Friday, you can send an email to Friday10am@NudgeMail.com and add details in the email. The service provides a list of commands that'll help you figure out what email address to notify when you're trying to pick a time or access other functions such as deleting all active NudgeMails or receiving a list of the commands in an email. As for text reminders, there are a couple of apps and websites to check out — TextMinder ($2), Oh, Don't Forget, and textreminders.
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