Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Remembering on the Go

I’m participating in Works for Me Wednesday again, after having no ideas or forgetting to post for a LONG time. I have gotten some great ideas from the other bloggers, though. If you want to get some good tips, go here.

Recently I started carrying around a little notebook in my purse. Big deal, right? Well, I find it has helped me a LOT. Here’s what I use it for:

1) I use a page for each family member, with their name at the top and clothing sizes listed. Then I’ve listed what clothing or personal items each person (including me!) needs that I would not be able to get on my weekly grocery store trip. Before this, I was always forgetting to buy certain items and that meant we might have to do without. Or alternatively, I would buy a cute dress for Miss Pink, forgetting that she has 63 church dresses already and what she really needs is a pair of jeans. Just writing them down and checking the list has already helped me when I’m at Target or a kids’ resale shop.

2) I make a note when I have an idea for something I want to write or scrapbook. For me, just writing things down is a huge memory booster—plus if I do forget, it’s in my notebook where I can look it up.

3) I can write down phone numbers of Miss Pink’s classmates when we want to schedule a play date for the kids.

4) I write down songs I want to download from iTunes.

5) I’ve used it for a grocery list when needed.

6) Directions. I’m directionally challenged and this way I can find the place the next time without asking again.

Basically, I write down anything I want to remember when I’m away from home. It’s so much better not to try to keep up with all those scraps of paper! And that’s what works for me.


  1. The notebook and the strength of it! Have you ever seen that commercial where you can buy a recording device (for a few simple payments) to carry in your purse so that you can conveniently remind yourself where your car is, what you need at the grocery store, times of meetings. Ah ha! The notebook so trumps this. My kids and I think that commercial is hilarious!

  2. good idea. I want to keep one that I can write down what I eat in, something that would fit in my back pocket.

  3. I have a notebook in my purse too! Now if I could just remember to use it! LOL!... :-)

  4. I love the idea of the notebook...I only wish I was disciplined enough to use one. In the past when I've used one to jot down ideas that come to me throughout the day, I have found that I start having even more ideas. A handy notebook is definitely a good idea!

  5. This is a fabulous idea. I used to do this and stopped a few years ago. Something I should start doing again for sure. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. I have one, too, and I've started calling it my Life Book, because everything about my life is in there. If I lose it, I (and many others who depend on me knowing certain things) are so screwed.