06 January 2011

This year, let your calendar remind you to try new seasonal activities

Calendar That's right, remind yourself to remember things! A brilliant use of the electronic calendar, from Anne:

This morning I had a whole list of "next year for Christmas I want to ...." things I want to change/try/do better.  But I can never seem to remember the things that I wanted to change when next year actually
comes around.

So I sat down and created a Google Calendar appointment for Christmas next year, and in the description filled in a list of "things I want to do differently" including links to crafts I want to try and blogs with ideas I want to implement.  Then I set the alert to email me three weeks, two weeks, and one week before Christmas, so just as we're starting to plan for it again I'll have those ideas dropped into my inbox, long after I've forgotten that I wanted to remember them.

(Works for other holidays too, obviously.)

I have been using my calendar this way for all sorts of things. When my kids wistfully talk about wanting to fly kites during the summer, I plop a reminder on the calendar to fly kites on July 1 (with a second reminder on May 15 to find our kite or buy a new one).

I have a reminder to shop for new snow gear at the end of Winter when it's on deep discount.

I do this for birthday gift ideas as well -- in the description field of the calendar entry for people's birthdays, I write in gift ideas, or, if I've already got them, the names of the actual gifts and where they're stored. Because I've been known to pat myself on the back for buying a gift ahead of time only to misplace it until it's too late.

(You can adapt this hack to your paper calendar if you're willing to fill it up with lots of non-appointment reminders.)

This hack brings to mind something I wrote for MyLifeScoop last year: Create a "Possibilities" Calendar for all the little stuff you might want to do, but aren't ready to add to the hardscape of your schedule.

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Love this idea. I use google calendar, too, as a to-do list. If I don't get something done, I move it to the next day. I like the idea of revising Christmas a year in advance!

This is a great idea. I am still putting away Christmas (by Epiphany Sunday for sure) and now I am inspired to make some lists for next year before it all goes away.

I just got that Amy Knapp calendar after years of using More Time for Moms and then FLYlady calendars. I think I really like it. I think I will use the lists pages in the back to get started.

I use Remember the Milk for this type of thing. Like Google it can send you email reminders. It's very helpful for things that I KNOW I won't remember in six months like, "Have Advent calendars" or "Kids need feetie pajamas". I like that I can type it in when I'm thinking about it and remember it when it's pertinent.

i used to have a pda that reminds me every now and then. This is a great product for big families.

Great way to get a bit of fun out of something so basic as a calender, Thanks for sharing!

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