This year was the busiest I’ve had in a long time. Maybe ever. And if I didn’t know it before, I realized I can’t do it all. Not only was I doing many aspects of my life sub par because I only had so much time/energy/creativity to devote to each, but the little things started falling through the cracks as well. Like birthday cards.
I switched from my Gmail calendar back to a written one this past year because I just needed to see it all at a glance. And believe me, birthdays and anniversaries were written on there and even marked with a cute teardrop sticker! But I forgot to write some down (not sure how that happened), and I don’t always look at the monthly view because I LIVE in the weekly one. And sometimes #aintnobodygottimeforthat. Worst. Organized. Person. Ever.
So I’d see a family member comment about another family member’s birthday on Facebook (usually my husband’s extended family) and realize I’d missed it and we hadn’t gotten a card out. (We meaning I because that’s my job. Solution coming!)
About that time I read about EverMinder, and I realized that I’d found the solution!!!
How does it work? First, you can create a group. I divided our peeps into Brad’s side of the family, my side, friends, and daycare. Then you add “members” and their birthdays, anniversaries, etc. that you want reminded about. If you include their emails, they’ll also get reminders for the events in that group, but for now I just have Brad’s in there. He’s listed in both family groups, so he’ll get reminders for all of our family members. Which means that I’m not the ONLY one responsible for remembering and picking up a card…GENIUS! Members can even choose a preferred gift or wish list so everyone knows what to get!
I’m just so glad that regardless of what calendar I use, I’ll have this one place to keep our events and be able to get reminders!