Calendaring Life

I’m incredibly absent-minded.   I get involved in something and forget about almost everything else.  While that makes me productive at work and helps the time pass, it means I forget to do a lot of things.   On the days I am supposed to pick up my son, I have to set reminders so I don’t get wrapped up in a project at work and forget to leave on time.

My solution has been to put everything into Google Calendar.   I use 10 different calendars, five of which are mine.   I have one for regular scheduling of appointments, one I use to take notes for 30 Day Projects, and one that is copied from the school calendar so I don’t forget late-start days and school vacations.   I also use calendars to track the wrestling team’s schedule, family birthdays, and upcoming holidays.  I’ve got all of these calendars synced to my phone, I get reminders a week in advance, and I get a daily agenda at 5AM, every day.  I don’t forget much anymore.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a new project–a new calendar.  I’ve been reviewing seasonal home-maintenance checklists, medical checkup recommendations, car maintenance lists, and more.    All of this has been added to a new Google Calendar, the Home and Life Maintenance Calendar.

This calendar is designed to remind its users to do the things we all need to do, from biannual physicals to replacing your furnace filters, checking your tire pressure to cancer self-exams.   The seasonal chores happen in the right seasons, and the monthly reminders happen monthly.   It is a work-in-progress and I welcome any recommendations for the things I’ve missed.

So, here it is.   Use it, set up reminders, smack me for missing something obvious and enjoy.
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Update:  This post has been included in the Festival of Frugality.

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