Six things about which you may not realize you need reminders
I'm working hard on getting as much detail and detritus out of my brain and into my organizing system as I can. My calendar/to-do list combo (for me, on the iPhone) is working well enough that my mind is clear enough to detect other, less obvious details I've been forgetting for a while.
Here are a few things I've recently moved off my plate by making a note in my calendar and asking it to remind me when the time comes:
Gift ideas and purchases: You see the perfect gift for someone, you buy it, you store it in "a safe place," you feel smug that you've taken care of gift-buying so early, and then you forget about it and waste money on a duplicate gift. Set a reminder for around the time you want to give the gift with the name of the gift, the recipient, and where it's hidden.
Delegated tasks: You're so excited to get something off your to-do list (and onto someone else's) that you forget to follow up to find out if the task was actually finished. For example, set a reminder to check your credit card statement for returned item credits.
Irregular paychecks or reimbursements: If you're a freelancer, you don't always know when to expect payment (and the folks who owe you money aren't necessarily going to remind you). Set up a reminder to check your mailbox around the time your next paycheck is due.
Obscure home maintenance chores: Changing your furnace filter (every three months!), cleaning your refrigerator coils (every six months), cleaning the dryer vent (once a year), etc.
Warrantee and service expirations: I have a Sears service contract for my washer and dryer which includes one preventive maintenance visit every year. My contract expires next week. Good thing I had a reminder set up -- I would have missed out on service I had already paid for. (And may none of us ever know the disaster that is a broken washer or dryer.)
Automatic renewals: I just got burned on this one. I forgot to set up a reminder about an online subscription that renewed automatically, and then wondered about the weird charge on my credit card. (They were willing to credit me, but I had to spend time on the phone.) Check your accounts and donations, then set up reminders for a week before the renewal dates so you can make an informed decision about whether you want to keep them going.
Do you have any "sneaky" reminders to share?