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Reminders: Task Management, Technology and More

Sometimes we need reminders to help us get our tasks done, be on time, and honor our priorities.  Here are some systems to use!

Technology

www.dailynudge.com

Daily Nudge helps you remember the important things in life. Setup regular, free electronic reminders, or “nudges”, to arrive in your inbox or cell-phone.

www.hassleme.com

Forgot to feed the fish again? Need a little help keeping your New Year’s resolutions?
Tell us what to hassle you about, and we’ll nag you via email at semi-unpredictable intervals.
HassleMe is unique because you never quite know when your reminder will come along.

 Remember The Milk (or RTM for short)

Managing tasks is generally not a fun way to spend your time. We created Remember The Milk so that you no longer have to write your to-do lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand. Remember The Milk makes managing tasks an enjoyable experience.

www.cozi.com

Cozi is a free online organizer that helps families manage crazy schedules, track shopping lists and to do lists, organize household chores, stay in communication and share memories—all in one place.

Other reminders

Dry erase marker on your mirror.  Write yourself a note each morning and evening using the Expo Dry erase markers.  http://www.expomarkers.com/idea/mom-in-mirror

Large, colored post it notes.  Using the 5 by 7 size post it notes, keep your 3 Most Important Tasks in front of you at home, work or in the car.  This is the one that works for me!

Getting Things Done (GTD) list with quadrants for each category, such as @computer, @home, @anywhere/errands, or @meetings/agendas. 

Small, very adorable, spiral notebook with sections for mind sweep and categories such as kids, home, work, other. Date the top of your page each time you start a new day with new tasks to do. 

Great Wall Street Journal article on making lists!

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970204296804577124742529431640-lMyQjAxMTAxMDIwODEyNDgyWj.html

What other systems do you use for your reminders?

Tackle Tasks One At a Time

All the experts agree, it takes time for change to happen.  It can be from 30 to 60 days to creat a habit or develop a routine.   So take it in baby steps.  Start with awareness of what small change will make the biggest difference. 

  • Building in extra minutes to every task.
  • Staying mindful and being in the moment on whatever the task is.
  • Creating a checklist for step by step completion
  • Finding a partner for every task to help you with accountability.
  • Using a timer to get you started and get you finished on your task.
  • Setting out a sign that signs Productivity Period to keep unwanted distractions away.
  • Establishing a power period twice a day to work undistracted on one very important task
  • Linking one new task to an established task

What do you do to tackle one task at a time?

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