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How to Use Reminders to Organize Your Life

Updated: Jan 12

Reminders don't just have to be the random things you ask Alexa to add- they can actually be well-thought-out lists that keep your life and thoughts organized. I use my reminders app for everything; to-do list, grocery list, cleaning checklist, and so much more! In this post, I'll show you exactly how to use it and make it completely custom to yourself and your needs.

This is what mine looks like. To create a list, you simply click "add list" and then choose the name you would like, the color, and the icon!

I named my lists first, put them in order based on what I would use the most, and then color-coded it like the rainbow- because who doesn't love a good colorful rainbow?

My lists are separated by life categories, just like my Google calendar is. My "To-Do List" is for general to-dos, I usually fill it out daily and check those off; I also have my long-term to-do list in there for things that I'm continually working on (BIG projects). I then have a list for my husband- which is shared with him- a grocery list, cleaning list, blog list, book list, meal list, and business list.

I change these as needed and add more if I find myself needing to. I'm never limited because the app is so customizable, and I can make everything meet my needs.

Here you can see a deeper dive into my lists. Obviously, make them work for you. Start by simply having lists and then experiment with the drop-down menus, moving around items, and scheduling them!

Here are the quick tips and how-to's for Google reminders that will make the app way more than a piece of paper.

-Click and hold an item to move it up or down

-Swipe an item to the right to "indent," which will add that in a drop-down to the above item

-Swipe a dropdown item right to "outdent" and remove that item from a dropdown menu

-Click more (3 dots in the upper right-hand corner) to add people to the list. If you want to share your grocery list with your spouse or nanny- you can!

-You can decide to show completed tasks OR hide them (I like them to be hidden as they disappear after completion- which feels fabulous!).

-Click an item and then click the info button ( i ) to add notes, links, and reminders for that task. You can set it to remind you on a specific day when you arrive at a specific location or even when you message a specific person!

So how do you get started?

Create a to-do list, grocery list, and cleaning list for starters. Then whenever you find yourself needing to jot an idea down that doesn't fit your current category, you can make a new list for it! For example, I started adding A LOT of books to my to-do list just so I could remember the names- so now I have a whole list designated for that.

Use the time during your week to run through your lists and make sure they are tidy and organized; I designate one of my cleaning days (Thursdays) to go through ALL of my digital life- which is how I stay on top of my to-do lists, email, photos, notes, google drive, bank account, and calendar.

Always, Jess


L E T ' S B E F R I E N D S!

Hi Friends! I'm Jessica Haizman. I'm 28 years old and married to my best friend. We spend 98% of our time together, and no we don't spend it all cleaning and organizing. I have a daughter, Adalynn and an Australian Shepherd, Bali and they get the majority of my attention.

I have created efficient systems in all areas of our home, our phone, our careers, and our lives- and I have made it my mission to share these tips with anyone and everyone that will listen.

Why? Because these systems make my life SO MUCH EASIER and SAVE ME SO MUCH TIME. These systems keep my home clean, bring joy and calmness into my life, and allow me to spend less time picking up clutter and more time living life- I want that for you too.

The goal is to help, whether its a quick tip or life hack that I share to Tiktok or a day in the life on my social networks @jessicahaizman, a printable chart that helps me stay organized or my all-time favorite apps, an intensive course answering all the FAQ's or working 1:1 with clients to create healthy habits- these resources are all available to you!

Some things you will stumble upon are how I use non-toxic natural cleaners, have made the change to no-waste by switching to reusable towels instead of paper or glass storage containers instead of ziplocks. You will also find lots of DIY recipes and how to use common household ingredients like baking soda, white vinegar and hot water to tackle some of your toughest messes. You'll learn about my favorite cleaning supplies and cleaning products including all purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, stain removers and more.

Having a clean home drastically affects your physical and mental health, so jump on board and learn all the tips I have to share! Take the time to explore my website and interact with me on social media. I'm so excited to see how organization and a new approach on cleaning the home will change your life and leave you full of joy!


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