Does anyone have any good ideas about how to be sure you remember all the birthdays you want to send cards for? I put them on a calendar but then forget to look at the calendar!
If you have a cell phone you can program reminders in it like appointments and birthdays etc. Your phone will ring and let you know what you programmed so you won't forget it.
Also if you have a yahoo email address you can sign up for yahoo calendar. You just fill out the calendar on whatever day you want to remember. The address is my.yahoo.com
It's free to sign up and leaves you an email message a few days in advance and then a reminder after that.
There are some online programs that will send you an email like a week in advance to remind you-also, i made a calander taht i can use every year (I hate re-writing them all every year) so its a calander that is simple and by date and on the front and back of one sheet and I jsut keep in in my desk and try to look once a month adn get them all ready at the same time. I think one of the online reminder services is called bebo. I am sure you could google and find some that way as well. :)
Post the calendar someplace you ALWAYS look at multiple times of the day --- don't laugh, the inside of the bathroom door (or other wall easily visible from in the room near the potty) is useful.
Storing the cards near the spot is good too (need not be IN the same room). Do not put off the card-sending after you see it, you'll forget or be distracted.
I have a magnetic calendar that I keep on my frig. You can make calendar sheets on the computer and buy a clear folder with the slide fastener. I put a magnet on the slide and now I have a homemade calendar. Instead of wrting peoples names on their birthdays I put their pictures on that day. Now that's hard to miss and I see it coming up all month.
Use a shoe box (or other suitable-sized box) for storage, and make monthly dividers (old file folders can be recycled for this). On the front of each divider, write the names and dates of birthdays you want to remember for that month. If you purchase boxed cards (or make homemade ones!), you can easily fill up your box with a card behind the divider for each birthday that month. Once a month, write out the cards and put the date to mail where the stamp goes. Keep these in the area where you write your bills--it is easy to keep up with mailing the cards as you send out your bills.
i use birthdayalarm.com
it sends email reminders and even has cards on its site. i love it
After Christmas every year I get boxed cards and take the time to figure out who gets what card during the year. I go ahead and address the envelopes and where the stamp goes I put the date of their birthday. I then put them in order in my bill organizer by my front door and have a Yahoo calendar that I have set to remind me 7 days in advance of birthdays. The day I get the reminder I put a stamp on the envelope and sign the card, etc. And try to mail it that day or the next. I never forget and it is never late.
I use date manager on the computer and you can write what you want to pop up at the time you choose. You can then choose 'snooze' and set it for 5 minutes, 1 hour, or longer to pop up as another reminder, or 'close' and it won't pop up again. Setting it for a few days or even a week ahead of time gives you enough days to get on track.
www.flylady.net -- my guess is that if you're forgetting to look at the calendar, flying could really help you out!!
there is a free program that will send you an email whenever you want (day before, week before) that will tell you the persons name and birthday. You can send it to all your friends and family and have them add their birthday. I am not sure of the name, I think it is birthdayreminder.com. When I get another reminder, I will post the correct website.
I have a celebrations notebook--a three ring notebook with 6 two sided pockets made for three ring notebooks. cost about $5.00. I put the tabs on each folder and on the tabs wrote the months--front of the first folder I put January, on the back February. Second folder was March on front April on back and so on. Right on the pocket I wrote birthday/anniversary dates by date and name. On the first day of every month I look at the correct folder and then try to buy all the needed cards. I put the cards into the pocket and then every Monday I look again and mail out the cards as the dates require. In the front pocket of the notebook I put stamps, return address labels and a list of the addresses of the people listed in the book. It is so easy with everything in one folder and I never forget a card. I know you are thinking this is even more involved than remembering to look at the calendar, but after a month or two of doing this you will enjoy remembering all the celebrations you will look forward to looking at it (sometimes i am two months ahead!
Hallmark has a reminder program at their Internet site. You list the dates, who, etc., and they will send you e-mail reminders. They also have a list of holidays that is quite inclusive--just choose the ones you want.
Most importantly, they have free e-cards you can send from the same site. Go see them; they are really nice, something for everyone.
They also have cards, flowers and gifts for sale, but you don't have to spend a dime in order to maintain a reminder list or to send free e-cards.
Their site is www.Hallmark.com . Hallmark still is the one to use "when you want to sent the very best"--even if it's free.
Thanks for all the great ideas!!!
My birthday card saving grace is always keeping a stock of cards on hand. I have been doing this for years and keep them in a shoebox. I'm good at remembering birthdays but sometimes you just don't have the time that week to get a card... or I remember about it but forget when I go out.
I shop for them when I have a few minutes and make sure there are always some in there. I get some that are blank inside so that I can write whatever... "great job", "good luck".. or even a written happy birthday message. I also keep one or two sympathy cards on hand. I keep them generic and personalize with a handwritten note inside.
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