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Use Reminders on Your Phone to Meet Deadlines

By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin

As a writer and editor in publishing, I have many different
deadlines and responsibilities. Years ago, I used lists and post-its to make
sure I got things done. For the last year or so, I have used another tool that I
often carry with me all the time—my iPhone. If you look in your phone, a
standard app which comes with every phone is called reminders. Are you using
this tool? From my experience, it is way better than tying a string on your finger which is an old fashion reminder. 

I use reminders for my work but also personal
deadlines—basically anything I want to remember. It only takes a few minutes to
create the reminder and set a deadline for the reminder. For example, last week
I flew Southwest Airline. As a part of flying this airline, you can check-in 24
hours ahead of the departure. Of course you can pay the Early Bird check-in fee
and avoid this process but I don't. Instead I set a reminder on my phone for a
few minutes before the check-in time, then use it to recall when to check-in.

I have several publications where I send material every month on
a certain date. It's another way I use reminders to make sure I meet these
deadlines, create this material in a timely fashion then send it—and don't lose
the opportunity.

Here's some other areas where I use reminders:

—a request for something (a resource or a book). Last week I was
on the road talking with various authors and when I had an idea for a resource,
it was simple to create a reminder to get it to them.

—On the road last week, I had phone messages and calls
to return. Creating a reminder is a good place to make sure these calls are

—I have a number of authors and projects that I am chasing for
different reasons.  I use reminders as a tool to reach out to them again (on the
phone or email or both). I've learned through the years that follow-up is a key
part of this process. I regularly follow-up through my use of

—other tasks to handle. I've only scratched
the surface of how to use reminders. You will have your own uses and creative
spin on this tool.

A hallmark of a professional writer is the ability to juggle
different tasks and meet the deadlines. Reminders are one of the valuable tools
I use to make sure I don't forget something and let it slip through the cracks.
Yes I'm human and occasionally some things get missed but overall reminders has
been a terrific tool to help me. I've had to learn to use this tool then take
action on a regular basis for it to be effective.

Do you use reminders on your phone? Or maybe you have a
completely different method and tool. Let me know in the comments


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