Take a Note

This one’s dedicated to my wife.

One thing I’m really terrible at is remembering things. I’m just too scattered. So I had to come up with a way to stop forgetting important things. From groceries we’re running out of, to project ideas, to movies I want to watch.

I found two tools that perfectly fit the bill. The first is Google Calendar. Synced across my devices, I always have access to my reminders saved in the calendar. It also helps me by bringing up the reminders when they make sense. If I’m doing my groceries shopping on a Friday, it makes sense to set the reminder to Friday. If I need to call my accountant, Monday morning might be a reasonable time. I even have a calendar shared with my wife that is presented on our magic mirror (more on that in a future post).

The second is Google Keep. Better for general lists, Google Keep is also synchronised across my devices. I can access it from my Windows machine, my Mac and my Android phone. I have a note for each project idea that comes to mind. I have a To Do note. I have a groceries note. I have a note with movies I’d like to watch. Conveniently, Keep lets you take plain, text only notes but also check list notes.

The reason this post is dedicated to my wife is, she took it up a notch for me. I used to lazily postpone adding items to my notes. Why do now what you can procrastinate, right? Wrong! I kept forgetting things despite having these great tools! But my wife won’t let me postpone adding items. She always urges me to note things down right away. And you know what? That really works. I hardly forget anything now. Happy days!

Published by eranboudjnah

A software consultant and tech lead. Passionate about optimizing as many aspects of my life as possible, to free time for what really matters.

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