Guest blog - Forgetting to remember

That's appointments taken care of, but another issue is how to organise tasks.

For a while now, I've been using remember the milk.com which is a web-based task list I can access from a computer. This has been brilliant but has the disadvantage that if I'm not by computer, it is very unlikely I'll remember to do anything on my list. I had considered using the task list feature on my PDA and syncing it with Outlook. However I have grown so used to remember the milk and found the fact that I could access it from any computer and even text it incredibly useful. I found a solution to this problem by buying an application which allowed the PDA task list to synchronise with remember the milk. Brilliant I thought. Now all I have to do is remember to sync it, which was not a problem because I always instinctively mess around with anything vaguely technological!

So I walked onto campus with my PDA merrily telling me which lecture I was supposed to be in, then after the lecture, I had set myself the task of handing in a paper copy of an essay I had completed. Later that evening, I returned to my Hall and realised I had completely forgotten about handing in my essay. In fact, I'd completely forgotten to look at the task list at! This was highly annoying as I can't set myself a task saying "look at a task list" as I would forget to look at it!!!!!!!! After a bit of thinking, I suddenly realised that just as I put in appointments on the PDA, I could set myself reminders.

So the following day, after my lecture, I look at my PDA to see if I have any more appointments and a message flashes up to tell me to hand in my essay. Perfect! Now all I have to do is remember to charge the blooming thing!

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