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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Don't leave home without it

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Andrew Conkling

If you do any commuting for school or work, it can be easy to forget something to bring for the day. This week, racheocity suggests a simple Smart List to help make sure you don't leave anything important at home.

I go to college, and live off-campus. I usually leave my house in the morning, stay on campus all day, then return late at night. This means that I need to make sure I have all of my things I need for random classes/meetings/clubs/working out, etc., since it's not really possible to get home between things. (This probably applies to anyone who works full-time also, and can't go home to get things in the middle of the day).

I made myself a tag to keep track of what I need to bring with me. Each task's name is the day of the week, and also has a due date of whatever day it is. Right now I have them repeating weekly (since a lot of stuff tends to repeat weekly in the college world), then I just add/subtract items as necessary. I list all the things I need to remember to bring in the notes. I set a reminder for a bit before I need to leave that day, since I know I will have my phone on me. Then, when I get the reminder just before I leave the house, I can check to make sure I have everything on the list, and grab anything I forgot.

Also, I also have two Smart Lists: one called "bring today" and one called "bring tomorrow" – pretty simple, they have search functions of (respectively):

tag:bring AND due:today
tag:bring AND due:tomorrow

Sometimes I look at what I need to bring the next day so I can pack at night, and sometimes I look at what I need to bring for the day so I can pack in the morning. :)

Sometimes if I need to bring stuff in the middle of the day (e.g. just from one specific class to another), I just add a new, one time event to the bring tag with a reminder for that time of day instead of the morning.

Thanks for sharing this tip, racheocity! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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