Tuesday, October 3, 2023


What do you use to set a reminder to do/complete things?

Say you need to call your pet’s vet to set up an appointment, or maybe you have your own doctor’s appointment coming up. Perhaps you need to remember you need milk at the store, or that you’re out of trash bags. How will you remind yourself?

Will you set a reminder on your phone or computer? Will you write yourself a note and stick it on your door? Will you rely on your partner to remind you? Do you start your day by writing a daily to-do list? Or do you have a good enough memory that you don’t ever need to remind yourself of things?

After you vote, please leave us a comment and tell us what works best for you.


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10 days ago

google calendar

shon wolf
20 days ago

White dry erase board

20 days ago

I use a shared computer calendar. Then, on the night before an appointment, I take a Post-It note and put it on the bathroom mirror. I include the appointment time and the time I need to leave.

Kelly R
20 days ago

If I have to leave the house for an errand I will leave a note on my wallet, or if to go to the pharmacy I may set the pill bottle to be refilled on my wallet, or put a note in the pocket I keep my keys in. I always have a pen on me I OFTEN write on the palm of my hand, so I don’t forget the wrench size walking from the house to the shop. If I have a project for the next day I will lay the appropriate tools on the chair in my shop to remind me of the project. When I worked I always had a note book in my shirt pocket. To remember to take the trash to the curb, I will set the can in front of the gate. I will set the empty TP roll on the grocery list. I basically set things in my way to spark memory. On “bad” days, I will say, “what the heck is this doing here”?

T. Hudson
20 days ago

Phone calendar and alarms. Poor memory. This works best for me.

20 days ago

It depends on what it is. I keep a master spiral bound calendar, with all our appointments, trips, even dates to make reservations, and check that daily. It goes on trips.
In our trailer, we have a dry erase boards, where we write down things that need to be restocked or repaired before the next trip.
For some things, we’ll use a sticky note in a place that works for it – i.e. on my keys if I have to grab something specific before I leave the house.
I use my phone for a few things. I have a medication I take very two weeks, so as a double check, I have an alarm on the phone. My only issue with that is the iphone only does weekly, so I have an extra reminder.

19 days ago
Reply to  Andrea

You can set a biweekly (every two weeks) reminder on the iPhone if you are using a recent version of IOS (am not sure when this was added to IOS but it has been available for a long time. You can also create a custom timeframe to set repeats every few days (I have one reminder set for every 4 days – I have had this set since I got my first iPhone 5)

Jim Q
20 days ago

I use an old fashioned journal/calendar/appointment book called “Day-Timer”

Jim Johnson
20 days ago

For date dependent reminders, I use Outlook’s calendar with a MS Exchange Server account – which will popup on any of my devices also using Outlook.

For general To-Do items – Post It notes on the frig if both of us need reminding, and if just for me, Post It notes – sticky strip at the bottom and stuck to the top of my external monitor.

For those big multiple step projects – like getting ready to do a seasonal migration – I print off check lists and post them on the frig. [since that project is an annual thing, the previous year’s list is on my PC. I edit any obvious changes and print it out for the current year]

Jeff Roller
20 days ago

I send myself emails. My inbox is my to-do list. When I look at email to see what’s new, I am reminded.

20 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Roller

That’s what I do too

bob cooper
20 days ago

I use a chalk board about the size of a sheet of paper. I use sharpy pens and erase with an alcohol wipe. Sits on my desk for a great reminder.

20 days ago

Besides my phone/calendar. I can set timers and alarms with my fitbit.

Capt. Jim
20 days ago

I also use printed paper calendar sheets for appointments, tasks, and for my travel planning. This also provides a written record for when I can’t remember where the heck we went last month! Safe Travels.

21 days ago

More than one of the above, sometimes all if it’s a super important task. Belt AND suspenders!

Sven Yohnson
21 days ago

I have a wife who reminds me what I have to do, and haven’t done. CONSTANTLY!

20 days ago
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21 days ago

Plain old fashioned paper calendar

Gary W.
20 days ago
Reply to  Georgina

Same here.

Mary N
20 days ago
Reply to  Georgina

Me too! It’s on my desk where I end up sitting many times a day.

Val Catena
21 days ago

I’m solo and tried using wraps on my steering wheel. Unfortunately I got used to them being there and started ignoring them. Lost several magnetic motion lights! Now I still use the Velcro wraps but hang them from my driver’s side visor when i park. No way can I ignore that hanging in front of my face!

Vince S
21 days ago

I have a magnet on the fridge to remind me to check my iPhone reminders which tell me to ask my wife what I’m supposed to do today……

21 days ago

All of the above? It depends on where I’m at and what I’m doing.

Judy G
21 days ago
Reply to  TScott

Me, too.

21 days ago
Reply to  TScott


21 days ago

Mostly post it notes on the inside door frame or the refrigerator door. I am not one that lives by my phone.

21 days ago

Paper Calendar, Outlook Calendar and Alarms on my Phone, it all depends on where we are, how far in the future the reminder is needed and what the event actually is. Every December I print out a new Calendar with all the Family Birthdays and Anniversarys on it, any known Doctors appointments and reserved camping trips. Other events are then penciled in over the year. Everyday things are added to our Microsoft Outlook Calendar and if it will occur in the next 24 hours, I set an alarm in my phone.

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