Take a second and think: when was the last time you forgot something? If you’re like me, it was no more than 10 minutes ago.
How about this: if you’re like me, chances are you have been communicating with people via forums, social media, networking events, at work, or in passing; but how do you remember the people you met, what you talked about, what to follow up on and when?
We may not think about it until it’s too late, but we deal with these challenges every single day. Let me say that again: Everyone. Deals. With. This. You are not alone! In my experience, I’ve seen many different ways to keep notes and reminders. Here are some of the most popular:
- Good ol’ pen and paper or business card. This is the tried and true way to keep track of everything. While most of us still carry business cards (we’ve got to have something to hand out so we can connect on LinkedIn later on, right?), no one really carries a pen around anymore. Plus, how do you keep your notes organized? On top of that, how do you remind yourself to check your notes and follow up with people? It’s an unfortunate situation I find myself in every time. I write things down so I don’t forget, but then I forget to go over my notes.
- Microsoft Outlook or other email programs. Another common practice, especially in offices or cubicle farms. An online Rolodex to keep track of contacts; tasks & reminders can be assigned where a pop up informs you 15 and 5 minutes prior to the due date, you can schedule events or meetings with others so that they receive reminders as well. But we don’t always have readily available access to these programs, do we? Which is why we move on to:
- Mobile applications. If you’ve ever Google’d anything close to “notebook” or “reminder” apps, you’ve seen EverNote, Google Drive, Vesper, & SimpleNote. These allow you to have everything on your phone, you know … that techy little thing that rarely leaves your pocket? Yeah, use it to your advantage. Take pictures, leave yourself video notes, text notes or checklists, set reminders, keep on top of anything and everything.
Now, I’m not discounting the effectiveness of leaving post-it notes, writing things down, or setting email reminders but mobile applications just simplifies everything, it’s easy to access, and it’s all right there at your fingertips.
What methods do you use to keep track of everything to help you remember?
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