We’ve all done it – sometimes life can get so busy and overwhelming that big events, whether they are birthdays, anniversaries or children’s sports days, can completely escape our minds and go straight out of the window.
In order to avoid the shame and potential upset, start using these simple tips to never miss a big event again…
1. Outsource your memory
Granted, technology has not quite reached the point yet where we can literally outsource our memories but I’m sure anyone whose work priorities occasionally impede onto their home life will recognise the desire to have someone else administer to your important calendar entries.
First things first, ask for help. Assistance is key – there’s only so many things that one person can remember. Hire a concierge or virtual assistant (VA) to keep track of your diary, appointments, important dates and big events. They’ll remind you in a timely fashion and even help you pick out presents if necessary.
2. Embrace technology
If you’d rather not hire a human to help remind you of big events, there are plenty of programmes and calendars available that will remind you of big events electronically. Of course, this depends on you remembering to enter the date in the calendar in the first place!
There are also lots of smaller programmes that will help you remember specific events and tasks that may be in danger of slipping your memory. For instance, Evernote is a really useful and widely used application that allows you to make note of a series of reminders and to-do lists that are easily categorised and searchable for later.
If you frequently send emails and then forget to follow up on them if you don’t hear back from the recipient, Follow Up CC is a programme that may be useful for you. Every time you send an email, you can specify that the application remind you to follow up on it after a specified time period.
3. Time to go ‘old school’
Some people just can’t get to grips with technology. If that’s you, chances are you’ll feel much happier and more secure relying on visual reminders of big events.
A huge wall calendar is a great place to start, particularly if you’re very busy and like to see your week, month and year ahead on the wall where you can’t ignore it. This is particularly helpful for scheduling purposes; with a wall calendar you’ll be able to see exactly what you’ve got on for the coming weeks and months that would be a few clicks away electronically.
Post-it notes disseminated around your workspace can also work as an immediate visual reminder of an important task or big event. Remember though that they lose their power if there’s too many of them scattered around – you won’t focus on individual reminders if they’re everywhere. Also, it’s best to keep your workspace as clutter-free as possible in order to be as productive as possible.