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How to Remember Things

10 Smart Ways to Remember Things

If you've got too much on your plate, chances are you'll start forgetting things you need to do. Fortunately, there are plenty of tricks when it comes to remembering things. Here are a couple of them:

Tying a string around your finger. You can go the old-fashioned route and tie a string around your finger to remember something. Having a string on your finger is something out of the ordinary and will cause you to reflect back on the reason you tied on the string, which will then help you recall what you wanted to remember more easily.

Physical Post-it notes. If you want to remember a task, write it down on a Post-it note and stick it somewhere visible or someplace you know you're going to check regularly.


Digital sticky notes. If you're always on your computer, perhaps it's better to use digital sticky notes such as the Stickies app, which lets you leave notes on your desktop. You'll be saving paper and you'll have a less messy desk.

Writing on your hand. Writing what you have to remember down on your hand is a very effective way of reminding yourself what you need to do. The benefit of this method is that you can write out what you're supposed to do, but the downside is the not-very-professional look of ink on your hands.

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Using a board. Put up a small whiteboard, chalkboard, or corkboard in a really visible area. Then start pinning or writing down things you want to remember on the boards.

Calendar alerts. Set calendar alerts on your Outlook or Google calendar to remind yourself to do tasks. You can have the reminders remind you days, hours, or minutes ahead of time.

Texting yourself. Send texts to yourself if it's convenient. The only drawback is if you don't have unlimited texting, the text reminders can cost you money.

Tape a note in a obvious place. Take some paper, write down the task you need to remember, and tape it on really obvious places such as your front door, the kitchen fridge, or the couch.

Make a to-do list. Making a to-do list is always a great way of remembering things you need to do. For an efficient and manageable to-do list, read these tips.

Reminder ring. This is a modern twist on the tying a string around your finger method and a more reasonable one as well. When you have something you need to remember, put on this Forget Me Not reminder ring ($48) made from a mold of real string.

What other ways do you have to remind yourself?

Jo3690832 Jo3690832 4 years
thanks for the article. I think using tools like calendars and to-do-lists is tedious and unintuitive. It requires too much effort from people. People don't want to spend their time managing their time. It needs to happen as a natural flow to them. Lot of things I need to get done come through email and get buried under other email. Or they may pop in my head at a random times. It is not convenient to pull out a calendar or to-do-list to put it on there. It is much more natural to "tell" it to someone - e.g. text it, send an email. That is why busy (and rich) people hire personal assistants :). That led me to ask the question - why can't everyone get a free personal assistant that they can email (or forward/CC existing emails) or text to and it will get on my calendar or task list - even help co-ordinate a meeting, etc. As a result, we have created a service: to do exactly that. It assigns you a free personal assistant with a personality that you can send or forward emails, include on emails, send text messages and it helps you manage your life for you easily. Just like if you had a real PA. Please check it out and give us feedback.
Angelica Angelica 5 years
Great tips!
amber512 amber512 5 years
My husband and I hang a hat on the door.  Similar to a rubber band on a wrist.  It is usually hung to remind us to start our (NOISY) dishwasher before we leave.
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 5 years
I like to tape notes to my front door so I don't forget things out the door. 
springfellow3 springfellow3 5 years
Thanks, thats very nice and helpful.
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