Organization tip for moms: keeping track of appointments and notes

It used to be I could keep track of appointments in my head til I could add them to the calendar on my phone. Now that I’m on constant mom duty, my brain can’t seem to hold anything for more than a few seconds.

I bought an iPod Touch to keep organized, but it’s become my son’s toy of choice. So I can’t use it very easily with him around.

Now I’ve found a quick place to jot down notes before I forget them. I simply put a whiteboard on the fridge.

  • For less than $20 at an office supply store like Office Max you can get a magnet-backed whiteboard you just slap on the front of your fridge. It comes with a dry erase pen and a couple magnets so you can stick paper notes or coupons on it, too.
  • If you want to get a little fancier, check out this $45 organization center at Target. It has a dry erase board plus a cork board and even a space to tuck in coupons, scissors and pens, AND hooks and drawers on the front. It looks much nicer, too, but you’ll have to mount it on a wall.

Now I can’t live without my simple whiteboard. I’ve got to-do lists there. Phone numbers from voicemails when I can’t find a pen. Notes I think of when I’m in the kitchen. Even reminders to email people.

Here are a couple ideas to help you make the most of a whiteboard for yourself:

  1. Put it in a spot where you spend a lot of time. It may not be the kitchen for you.
  2. Make sure you’ve got a dry erase pen stuck near it somehow. You won’t write anything down if you don’t have the pen!
  3. It also helps if you have tissues nearby. The whiteboard can start to look messy if you’re crossing things out instead of wiping them off.
  4. If a whiteboard doesn’t feel like it will work for you, consider leaving notepads and pens in the spots where you find yourself thinking of things. On the nightstand, so you can jot down thoughts before you drift off at night. In the bathroom if you think of things while you’re putting on makeup. On an end table next to the sofa for brilliant ideas that pop into your head while watching TV, and so on.
  5. If you also use a calendar, get used to transferring your appointments and notes to the calendar each day at a certain time so it becomes a habit.

Are you using a whiteboard? Any other ideas to help keep track of those random notes and details that sometimes slip through the cracks?

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