We live busy lives and with our daily conversations and commitments, we tend to forget some things we promised to take care of. Have you ever forgotten to call back someone or forgot to pick up the milk or even worse miss an appointment? This article will give you some tips on helping you remember your important tasks and commitments.
- Put your smart phone to use: Everyone I know has a smart phone, and with a smart phone comes the classic calendar where you can input your appointments and tasks that you have committed to doing. Make it a habit to enter in the items you need to accomplish immediately. If you let time pass, you might forget and not get the task done.
- Use a system and stick to it: If you do not have a smart phone, use a calendar and review it daily. If you do not have a system in palce to record your commitments and appointments, you will run the risk of forgetting.
- The 4 method: What I do is break up my days in 4’s. Morning-Lunch-Dinner-Bedtime. With each quadrant, attach an important task that needs to be accomplished such as returning a call or picking up milk before going home. I usually use the bedtime quadrant to set up my most important task for the next day and execute in the morning. Before I head out the door, I review my daily agenda and glance at my calendar to make sure I have my day planned.
- Driving: We talk on our phones while driving and we usually cannot take notes on commitments. I hope you are at least using your bluetooth while driving. If you happen to give a commitment while driving, ask the other party to send you a reminder email immediately since you cannot note the commitment and you do not want to forget. If an email reminder cannot be sent, I make a voice recording on my phone as soon as I get off the phone and review my voice notes daily and add them to my calendar.
Make an effort to remember your commitments and items due. This will lead to a much happier life and reduce stress in your life. If you ever miss an appointment, it could reflect very poorly on you professionally and might lose credibility and trust from the person waiting to meet you. Have a system and stick to it, and if things don’t work, you must reinvent the ways you set reminders for yourself.