The Reminder Trick
Post from March 1, 2016 (↻ April 24, 2018), filed under Everything Else.
This tool is so powerful and at the same time so trivial to make a routine that I ask everyone who regularly employs it to transcend their disappointment—I’m mentioning it for the people I meet who don’t use it.
Use reminders to remind yourself of what you have learned.
Use recurring reminders to keep really important lessons in mind.
Though any web-based calendar should do, and even if Google had put it on life support, I recommend using Google Calendar. Then, I suggest to think about a simple syntax for recurring reminders like, for example, “[monthly] Review personal goals”, alongside a notation for everything optional (parentheses?), as with “[2weekly] (Trust your impulses)”. (You’ll like the allusions.)
I use reminders this way for years and believe they’re way too helpful not to be used extensively. That’s all.
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