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I have a friend that uses very small sticky notes to mark her calendar of important appointments. That way, if the appointment changes, she just lifts the sticky note to the new date without marking up her calendar. I thought this was a great idea.
Also, at the end of every year, I take my calendar and write in birthday/anniversary reminders on the new calendar for the entire year. That way, I don't forget an important event.
By Kathy from Sylvania, OH
A couple of years ago I started playing around with my Yahoo calendar and can honestly say, "I love it". It didn't take me long to figure it out and one afternoon it took me about an hour to add family birthdays, anniversaries, and other dates important to me.
The thing I like best about it, is I always get an e-mail on selected dates informing me of a birthday birthday or what importance the date has to me. I set all the birthdays up so, year after year, I get the same message. I also have a reminder 10 days before the birthdays so I can get my cards out on time.
This may sound sort of simple and silly, but it sure does work and not only does it just work, it works great. No matter where I am, as long as I have access to check my e-mail I will always have my calendar with me.
By CPJ from Madison, AL
Never miss an important date again. At the beginning of each year when the new calendars come out, I get two; one for my husband and one for myself. We each copy birthdays and other important recurring dates to our calendars.
My husband puts when our vehicle and house insurance is due, along with any other upcoming bills on the month ahead of its due date on his. That way we are always aware of what is due and when.
For mine, I copy important things that happened from the year before as a reminder. On the birthdays and anniversaries, I put the birthdate, etc. If you can find calendars with the pockets in it, try this. Purchase a card for each occasion you have for that month and address it. Put the date it is to be sent where the stamp goes and you are ready to send them in a moment. No more belated birthday cards!
Source: One year for Christmas my mother-in-law gave all of us calendars with the dates on them, we have kept them up since.
By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE
Use a recipe box for all of those snail mail addresses you still use. The cards are large enough to put birthdays of all the family members and other special dates or notes on. There is plenty of room for the birth of new babies.
When a couple has a baby, give that baby his/her own card so you can write any special notes, or thoughts you might want to remind them of later. Maybe a gift idea you don't want to forget.
We all know how computers can crash so it is a good idea to have those email and cellphone addresses and numbers written down. Having them all in one place sure makes it faster to find what you need. Keep it right beside the computer and update it right along with the computer and you will never be without the information you need.
By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE
At the beginning of every year I go through my prior calendar and make a notation of important birthdays and anniversaries. I write a column for birthdays and another for anniversaries.
In addition to having a reminder a few days prior to the birthday or anniversary of a family member or friend, I also have a list on my computer, wordpad program.
If you sometimes wonder if you have given your pets their monthly flea treatment, or perhaps a monthly volunteer opportunity you participate in, put it in your cell phone calendar.