Old School Reminder

January 11, 2012


I think we’ve established that I have a terrible memory. I forget things almost instantaneously after thinking of them. (I’m like a goldfish that way.) It’s really only a problem when I’ve promised to remember something for someone else, because then my shortcomings are inconveniencing others.

Long ago when Lloyd and I used to have a landline, I would call home and leave a message if I had something important to remember. That was so helpful: “Hey! I’ve got a message! Hey! It’s me! Hey! I don’t remember leaving that message.”

Things are bad now. No landline means no reminder. I try writing things down on the piece of cardstock I keep in my back pocket, but at the end of the workday when I’m finishing those things up, I often set the paper down and leave it at work.

I think I may have found a good old-fashioned solution.

I might need more tape on some days.

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10 Responses to “Old School Reminder”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I’ve been trying to get my iPhone to alert me when I arrive at specific locations, but I haven’t figured it out yet. Maybe I should just use masking tape.


    • Christina Rowland Said on:

      Maybe you should just look around you……


      • Peggy Said on:


        But yea, I’m not sure what you mean here either. You want your phone to ‘ding’ when you arrive at school….or home…or Pizza Hut…or ???


        • Brad Said on:

          Yes, I want my phone to remind me to do the laundry when I get home. Or remind me to buy sugar when I get to the grocery store.


          • Peggy Said on:

            Oh…to remind you to do something at specific locations. That’s a great feature.

            I thought maybe you just wanted it to ‘ding’ when you were at home, reminding you where you were. Ding—This is your home, it is where you live.

    • Karla Said on:

      I just figured that out the other day. I’ll text you.


      • Brad Said on:

        Thanks for trying. At least now I know how it SHOULD be able to be done. Now if I can just figure out why my phone’s “Location Services” menu is missing the “Reminders” icon…


  2. Kristi Said on:

    OR you could write on your hand with permanent marker.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    I usually email myself reminders or text myself. I never thought of calling myself at home! Genius! Matters not now…we just got rid of our landline this week, and yesterday I left my cell phone on my desk at work rushing to get to the dentist. I felt so cut off. Not that anybody ever calls me…but with my luck they may have tried last night when I had no phones whatsoever.

    So did you remember the folders?


  4. Lauren Said on:

    Here’s something embarrassing to admit: late this afternoon I grabbed a piece of tape to leave a message on my phone. I pulled out my phone, only to see that I had already written that thing on a piece of tape earlier in the day.

    Howdy, dementia. We’ll be fast friends.


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